A Long Way Home

A Long Way Home

Paperback - 2015
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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.
Published: New York :, Berkley Books,, 2015.
Edition: Berkley trade paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780425276198
0425276198
Branch Call Number: 362.734 BRI
Characteristics: 273 pages, 16 pages of plates :,illustrations, maps ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Buttrose, Larry 1952-- Author

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writermala
Sep 28, 2017

This is the story of little Saroo who gets lost in the streets of crowded Kolkata. How he got to Kolkata is in itself a story. Saroo is fortunate to be adopted by Sue and John Brierley and moves to Australia. He grows up in idyllic surroundings in Hobart, Tasmania. In a coming of age account Saroo feels the angst of missing his birth mother and siblings. He sets out on a technological search and almost miraculously ends up in the village he grew up in. A very well told true novel.

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mclarjh
Sep 24, 2017

An extra ordinary story told in an ordinary way.

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robandlaurine
Aug 01, 2017

Loved everything about this book.

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abe28
Jul 16, 2017

I too saw the movie before reading the book. I loved them both. Such a heartwarming story of resilience, love and perseverance. One of the best books read this year.

laurengail Jun 28, 2017

One Book One Community - 2017

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chrisbee55
Jun 26, 2017

I saw the movie first and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Reading the book afterwards did not ruin it for me. The book was so well written and it was a quick read but very enjoyable. This man had an amazing journey. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great book to read.

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MLK94
Jun 21, 2017

This book was amazing. The prologue moved me to tears, and I was hooked. I can easily say it's one of my favorites.

hammy28 Jun 08, 2017

Great book. Kept me engaged from start to finish. Often autobiographies will have parts that are dull and I skim over but not Lion. Enjoyed all of it.

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FrostedFlake
Apr 09, 2017

Truly an enjoyable read, I was intrigued by the dual cultural descriptions to the point i felt i was there in India!

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bplstaff
Mar 30, 2017

This was a great book, definitely a quick read, and a truly inspiring story! The only issue I had, was near the end there was a portion of the book that was cumbersome with the names of the cities and towns where Saroo was searching, it almost becomes a "skip over" part. But a fabulous story!

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