Odin, pictured above has only one eye but is not impaired in any way. Merlin is slowly going blind but navigates just fine. But what about a cat who had both eyes removed to save his life as kitten? That cat would be Homer, the hero in Gwen Cooper’s bestselling memoir Homer’s Odyssey:A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life With a Blind Wonder Cat. I finally got around to reading this joyous ode to life, published in 2009. While reading I kept doing kitty math. How old would Homer be now and what about the author’s other two cats? I deliberately didn’t Google the information until the end. I couldn’t bear the thought of them being dead.
After Cooper moved from Miami to New York in 2000, she lived a few blocks from the World Trade Center. The cats survived 9/11 and the most nail-biting section of the book is how Cooper stooped at nothing to rescue her cats.
Homer lives up to his heroic name in fearlessness and pure spunk. There are many ways of being blind and Homer defies all of them. This story has a happy ending with Cooper finding love with a man who wasn’t a cat lover. Did they live happily ever after? Gwen Cooper has a delightful Web site and blog where I silently cheered. Homer’s alive! He’s a senior boy now (his 15th birthday is on August 1). Gwen and hubby Lawrence are still happily married and celebrated her 4oth birthday in Paris last year. It turns out the former non-cat lover Lawrence is a happy convert. The sad news is their cats Vashti died over a year ago and Scarlett died last year. It brought a tear to my eye to read that Scarlett’s ashes were scattered in one of my favorite parks. It lifted my heavy heart to learn Cooper has written a novel with cat character based on Scarlett.
Cooper donates 10% of domestic royalties to charities aiding blind cats such the Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary in North Carolina.
- Homer’s Odyssey:A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life With a Blind Wonder Cat. Amazon
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Press; 1 edition (August 25, 2009)
- Cat Wisdom 101 Rating: 4 paws