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A Long Way Home: A Memoir by Saroo Brierley

A Long Way Home: A Memoir (original 2013; edition 2015)

by Saroo Brierley (Author)

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"The miraculous and triumphant story of a young man who rediscovers not only his childhood life and home...but an identity long-since left behind"--
Title:A Long Way Home: A Memoir
Authors:Saroo Brierley (Author)
Info:Berkley (2015), Edition: Illustrated, 288 pages
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A Long Way Home: A Memoir by Saroo Brierley (2013)

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    beyondthefourthwall: One is fictional and one not, but in both cases, young men of Indian descent grow up in the English-speaking Western world, all the while considering their roots. Also, impactful events on trains.
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    srdr: A picture of what life is like for children (and their parents) growing up in poverty in India today.
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    There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Her Country's Children by Melissa Fay Greene (srdr)
    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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    Sound-Shadows of the New World by Ved Mehta (srdr)
    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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See the movie (Lion) and read the book! So good! ( )
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
Oh man, this story is so touching and really makes a person appreciate life. I could tell that it was written by someone who doesn't make a living writing. It's more of a just the facts type read instead of one that tries to stir up emotions, but the subject matter will bring on the feelings regardless. I'm looking forward to seeing the film. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Feb 17, 2021 |
When Saroo Brierley was a small child, he became separated from his older brother at a train station and ended up on a train bound for Calcutta. After surviving for weeks, first in the train station and then near the river, Saroo ended up in an orphanage. When orphanage officials were unable to locate Saroo’s family based on the limited amount of information he was able to provide about his home and family, he was offered for adoption to an Australian couple. Saroo had a good life in Australia, but he never forgot his origins and the family he left behind in India. Decades later, Saroo discovered Google Earth and saw in it the possibility of locating the home he’d left behind in India. Finding home would be a long shot, but he had to try.

Brierley’s memoir is the basis for the motion picture Lion. The book is as moving as the film, and as you would expect, it provides more details about Saroo’s search and the reunion with his Indian family. I watched the movie before reading the book, and I think that would be the right order for most people. ( )
  cbl_tn | Feb 3, 2021 |
This isn't great literature but it is a short and enjoyable read. It's not often I finish a book and look forward to the movie but it's true in this case. ( )
  DebsDd | Jan 18, 2021 |
Tearjerker. Emotional roller coaster that follows the improbable (but true) journey of a lost 5-year old from the Indian heartland, to a life in Australia, and his search to find the village and family he was born into. In the end, it's a tale of hope, perseverance and the indomitable human spirit. ( )
  kapilgupta | Dec 14, 2020 |
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