Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Format: Audio 9hr, 34 mins
Characters: Homer the blind cat
Setting: South Beach FL, Manhattan
Source: Overdrive Audio download from public library
While this book is billed as the story of a blind cat named Homer, it's as much the story of his owner Gwen Cooper and her struggles to come to grips with adulthood, relationships, and life with three cats.
At first I thought it was just going to be another one of these "isn't he a miracle--look, he's blind and he can still function'" stories. But when Ms. Cooper moves to New York from Florida early in 2001, and ensconces herself and the three cats into a 31st floor apartment only 6 blocks from the World Trade Center, you knew what was coming. Her story of the heroic efforts of ordinary people, the mind numbing panic of trying to find out what was happening, and her subsequent rescue of 'her babies' was the best part of the book.
I listened to the audio version of this, read by Rene Raudman.The narration is excellent. I also thoroughly enjoyed the interview at the end of the book with Ms. Cooper and her husband.
Even if you're not a cat lover, this book has enough to offer for everyone.