A Long Way Home

A Long Way Home

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Born in a poor village in India, Saroo lived hand-to-mouth in a one room hut with his mother and three siblings... until at age five, he mistakenly boarded a train by himself, and ended up in Calcutta, all the way across the country. Uneducated, illiterate, and unable to recall the name of his hometown, he managed to survive for weeks on that city's rough streets. Soon after, he was adopted by a couple in Tasmania. But despite growing up in a loving upper-middle class Aussie family, Saroo still clung to the last memories of his hometown and family in India, and always wondered if he'd ever find them again. Amazingly, twenty-five years later, with some dogged determination and a heap of luck -- and the advent of Google Earth -- he did.
Publisher: New York :, Berkley Books,, 2015.
Edition: Berkley trade paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780425276198
Branch Call Number: BIO BRIERLEY S. Brierley
Characteristics: 273 pages, 16 pages of plates :,illustrations, maps ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Buttrose, Larry 1952-- Author


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IndyPL_MontoyaB Feb 12, 2020

I read this book in one day for my job (Library Reader's Group/Book Discussion). Couldn't put it down. One of my favorite chapters was Chapter 9 where Saroo writes, in part, "There it was!" Once you get to this point in the book, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. Powerful book.

Feb 07, 2019

People. Place. The book that inspired the movie Lion.

Oct 18, 2018

Such an incredible story. I highly recommend it. Also, a good education on how a large number of our sisters and brothers are living in abject poverty. Let's do something to fix this.

Jul 24, 2018

Family is like music, some hight notes, some low notes, but always a beautiful song~ Unknown

Lion is an amazing story about how a boy gets lost and is so brave when he is alone. And he works so long to adjust to his knew family and find his old family. Once you start to read Lion you can't stop it is an amazing story that teaches about another culture.

CMLibrary_KimUC Apr 13, 2018

Inspiring, poignant and heartwarming – both the book and the film adaptation (Lion). A must read and a must see!

bibliosara Mar 19, 2018

Saroo Brierley's unusual journey - from one family to another and back again - is one that deserves to be memorialized in book form.
I enjoyed the story and found it to be interesting, enlightening, and heartwarming. The most emotional part of the story, for me, was reading about his childhood in India. Even before finding himself lost in Calcutta, almost a thousand miles from home, Saroo and his birth family dealt with unimaginable conditions and odds (at least for us in first world countries/conditions: for many others, his descriptions are of daily life). I liked hearing about how he became a part of his new family, but my frustration began when he began to discuss his life as an adult.
For me, it quickly became irritating how self-absorbed he was. I can never claim to fully understand the uncertainty an adopted child might feel of his place in life and home as he grows up. However, becoming obsessed with a search and making no attempts to compromise your goals with the people in your life you supposedly care about is, quite simply, self absorbed. I got tired of his complaints throughout the explanation of this 6 year tine period. His adoptive parents seem like great folks, but I found that by the end he sounded like a spoiled brat. Complaining about the media attention (because he is getting forced into those talk show interviews ya know), complaining about the toll it took on him (really? did you forget about all the children who die everyday on the streets you were saved from?), etc.
He has done little to use his fame and fortune to support organizations that make a difference in poverty stricken areas throughout India.
So, although the story itself was fascinating and hopeful, I wouldn't quite call it inspiring simply because I don't care for the character of the man Saroo has become.

Feb 07, 2018

I highly recommend both the powerful film and this book it was based on. Although the film is remarkably faithful to the book, there's even more detail here. It is an easy but compelling read.

Dec 30, 2017

The story in this memoir is what the wonderful 2016 film Lion, starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, and Sunny Pawar, is all about. Saroo, a 5-yr old Indian boy, born into abject poverty, boards a train, thinking his older brother is on board. He falls asleep and the next thing he knows, the train is moving and he can't get out of the empty car he's in. Unbeknownst to him, the train takes him across India to Calcutta, where he leaves the train for a life in the streets. Because he speaks only Hindi, (and doesn't speak it well) and is illiterate, he cannot communicate well with Calcutta locals to explain his plight. Nor can he adequately tell anyone where his family--his mother who makes a living carrying rocks at construction sites, two older brothers, and a younger sister--lives. He knows only that the train station where he boarded the train had a name that started with a "B" and that his home is somehow connected with "Ginestaly." After several months navigating the dangers of the Calcutta streets, he finally ends up in an orphanage, which unsuccessfully attempts to find his family, unaware that the family is located on the other side of the country. Saroo is eventually adopted by wonderful parents in Tasmania, Australia, where he gets an education and lives a happy, comfortable life. Twenty-five years later, he manages to do the impossible: with the help of Google Earth, Facebook, his childhood memories, and luck, he tracks down the train station (Burhanpur), his home village (Ganesh Talai) ,and his family. This amazing improbable story is well worth the quick read it is. The humanity of both families and the author shines from every page. And be sure to see the movie, which closely, but not completely, tracks the true story.

Oct 30, 2017

Amazing Book! Without technology he would be longing for his family forever. Highly recommend! Enjoyed book from cover to cover!

Oct 24, 2017

Wow, I really got caught up in this story. It reminds me of lines from "Amazing Grace"--"I once was lost, but now am found." The book makes you see just how vast the world is, and how easy it is to get lost in that vastness. And it also makes you appreciate the modern technology that makes the world a little easier to navigate.

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