Homer's Odyssey, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The last thing Gwen Cooper wanted was another cat. She already had two, not to mention a phenomenally underpaying job and a recently broken heart.

But Homer was no ordinary cat. He was a three week old, abandoned, eyeless kitten and Gwen was unable to resist his charm.

It was love at first sight. Homer, tagged as an 'underachiever' from day one, quickly proved his doubters wrong revealing himself to be a tiny dare devil with a giant heart and a passion for adventure.

The kitten they said would never be as independent or as playful as the other cats eagerly made friends with every human who crossed his path, scaled seven foot bookcases with ease and chased off an intruder in the middle of the night.

He even survived being trapped alone for days after 9/11 in an apartment near the World Trade Centre. "Homer's Odyssey" is the story of one cats unswerving loyalty, his infinite capacity for love, his constant happiness in the face of all obstacles and his ability to inspire and transform Gwen's life. He kept her company through the ups and downs of daily life and by the time she had met the man she would marry Gwen realised Homer had taught her the most valuable lesson of all: love isn't something you see with your eyes.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9780553825152



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I loved this book. As the owner of a cat with a hard beginning (caught on fire) and as a formally single woman with too many cats who moved to a new city, I could relate to a lot of what she wrote. Although I'm sure mostly cat-lovers will seek this out, I think Homer could win anyone over- just like in real life.

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I bought this on the recommendation of a friend who had heard the author interviewed on the radio. I wasn't expecting it to be a great read, and was pleasantly surprised to find how much I enjoyed it. I'm not a cat person, so found some of the detail of Homer's early days a little tedious and repetitive, but the overall story won me over. It is not just the story of a brave, feisty blind cat, it's the story of how a relationship with an animal can make someone a more self aware, mature human being. Fascinating section on the impact of the 911 terrorist attacks on an ordinary resident of Manhatten. Highly recommended for cat lovers, and worth the effort for the rest of us!