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A Long Way Home: A Memoir by Saroo Brierley

A Long Way Home: A Memoir (2013)

by Saroo Brierley, Larry Buttrose

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    srdr: Like Saroo Brierley, Ved Mehta led a dual life after he left India, living in one world and remembering another. In 1949 he traveled to Arkansas to attend the School for the Blind, determined to get the education he could not get in India at that time. He eventually went on to write for the New Yorker.… (more)
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    srdr: The moving story of an Ethiopian woman and the orphanage she unexpectedly comes to run. Melissa Faye Greene has written several other excellent non-fiction books about adoption as well.
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Saw the film. This book answers some questions but leaves others unanswered. ( )
  adrianburke | Jul 11, 2017 |
This is one of the rare cases I think in which the movie is better than the book. This is the story of how a boy from India is adopted by an Australian couple, and how he is able to find his way back to India many years later. A few things bothered me to some extend even though the book did hold my interest. One thing that bothered me was that the main job of this five year old boy was to care for his baby sister, as this seems a little ridiculous. Child care did not seem to be a priority at this time. Also when Saroo returned to his old neighborhood, everyone had cell phones even though they were so poor and couldn't afford food. He states later in the book that he helped his birth mother buy food, as she couldn't afford it. However quite a story about survival and happy for him as he now has his Indian family as well as his Australian family. ( )
  myers3 | Jun 30, 2017 |
This book has also been published with the title, A Long Way Home: A Memoir, which is far more meaningful/appropriate to the content. This is a wonderful book with strong impact. It describes the experiences of a man who as an impoverished young boy who was accidentally carried far from his home and deposited on his own in the city of Calcutta. After a time living on the streets he was fortunate to be placed in an orphanage and adopted by an Australian couple. He never forgot his family in India, and as a man was able to find his original home and locate and meet his birth family. The account of his life in India is eye-opening for a westerner, and his devotion to both his families (birth and adopted) give the account an inspiring tone. ( )
  baobab | Jun 14, 2017 |
I love a good autobiography and this one did not disappoint. This is a fascinating account of getting separated from your family as a 5 year old child and searching for that lost family as an adult. It will give you pause to think about how you live and how that varies based on the country you were born in. This was a pretty quick read and worth it! ( )
  sbenne3 | May 27, 2017 |
Easy read. Good book for teens, though the book largely skips over the teen years of the narrator's life. Students may identify with the fear Saroo must have felt when waking up alone in the station and then fatefully boarding the train that would remove him from his family, life. ( )
  rdwhitenack | May 22, 2017 |
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