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Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper
Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
There are a lot of stories about animals, both fact and fiction, and their immense popularity is consistent: they are mostly heartwarming and sentimental, and remind us of what our "best selves" can accomplish. Gwen Cooper's story, of the 12 year journey shared with Homer, an abandoned kitten rendered blind by life-saving surgery, stands out, for approach and style. Cooper is a born storyteller with a deep appreciation for the whole history of storytelling and a keen sense of detail, so that Homer is named for the blind poet of the Odyssey, the great epic story of adventure and homecoming, and passages from that epic introduce each chapter. And Homer's tale is vividly, broadly referential:… Read more
Touching From A Distance Updated Edition by Deborah Curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars parallel lives, Oct. 19 2003
20+ years ago, I reviewed Closer for a university newspaper. I've recently been rediscovering Joy Division, and so have read Deborah Curtis's memoir of her life with Ian. This is a remarkable book. Deborah was never an industry insider, a musician or a groupie; she seems to have been a sensitive yet very practical girl, who mostly wanted a conventional sort of marriage where they would raise children and maintain their house. Yet she was also really drawn to Ian's ambitious taste in music and his brooding romantic singularity, and she genuinely supported his desire to be a musician and believed in his genius. The book mostly follows the period from their marriage through the formation of… Read more
The Wind ~ Warren Zevon
The Wind ~ Warren Zevon
5.0 out of 5 stars breathtaking, Sept. 24 2003
The day Warren Zevon died, I looked up some lines from "The Indifference of Heaven" to post on my website, and found en route those to "Mr. Bad Example" and I smiled; that song always makes me smile. And yet I've felt such inconsolable grief at the loss, so young, of someone whose mordant wit and exquisite sense of melody have provided a significant part of the soundtrack of my life for over 20 years. Like so many others here, I cried so much listening to The Wind, especially to "Keep Me in Your Heart" and a cover of "Knocking on Heaven's Door" so pure as to be definitive. Yet when we can all gain perspective, this will stand as a brilliant record in… Read more