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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Dev Patel Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara this #1 international best seller tells the miraculous and triumphant story of a young man who rediscovers not only his childhood life and homebut an identity long since left behind At only five years old Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India Unabl. 5 I remember hearing about this story when it broke a few years ago and then it surfaced again when Nicole Kidman starred in the movie LION and the rest will no doubt be historyFirst I have to say that although I already knew the bones of the story as so many potential readers may it only made the reading that much enjoyable Ghost writer Larry Buttrose isn t listed on the cover although he s credited with Larry Buttrose insideThe Goodreads description is the first four introductory pages of the book It is so long and thorough you can get a good idea of what it sounds like Read that if you haven t Saroo tells his own story and I think Buttrose has captured his tone and feelings well Saroo he doesn t know his last name is five gets lost in Calcutta as Kolkata was then known is eventually adopted by Aussies in Tasmania and rediscovers his birth family using Google maps Each step of his convoluted journey to Australia makes the outcome even unbelievable Just surviving was uite an achievementHis experience makes a wonderful terrible terrifying exhilarating and ultimately satisfying adventure but there are certainly dark undertones about the children loose on the streets in India I can t say they are neglected because that makes it sound as if there s a choice that they wouldn t beSaroo s mother dad left with a surprise second wife works carrying stones on her head for construction sites leaving 5 year old Saroo at home to mind his even younger little sister while two older brothers beg and scavenge for food It s just the way it was and is They are always hungry and live in a shed with a cow pat floorHindi was his native language but typical of many small children in desperately poor areas of the world he had very little vocabulary to work with when he was found Many refugee children arrive in Australia with little language or smatterings of several but command of none Mum had always been fascinated by India and knew something about the conditions many people were living under there in 1987 Australia s population was 17 million and that same year in India around 14 million children under the age of ten died from illness or starvation While obviously adopting one child was merely a drop in the ocean it was something they could do And it would make a huge difference to that one child They chose India His mum as he always refers to Sue Brierley had a violent childhood but Dad John Brierley had a happy upbringing which gave stability to the family They were in complete agreement about what they wanted to do togetherThe story moves back and forth uite naturally from Saroo s memories to his searches to today and it s amazing how much and how well he remembered But it wasn t by accident He replayed everything he did and everywhere he went in his mind so he wouldn t forget As soon as he woke up lost in Calcutta he tried to replay his memories of accidentally falling asleep on a train so he might figure out where it came from He hopped on every train he could find but with no luckLater growing up in Tasmania he continued to practice retracing everything in his mind as a kind of meditation from walking around his village to crawling into hiding places sewer pipes yuck to escaping dogs sexual predators and organ collectors The odds on his surviving intact were slim indeed But he never forgot all the landmarks he d committed to memory At FIVE As I said knowing these details won t affect the fun you ll have reading his story and enjoying the many photos that accompany it Unfortunately the adoption process takes longer than it did in the 1980s but he says it s uicker if you don t demand a certain age or gender If any Aussies are interested bet there ll be a surge in demand as people see the movie LION the meaning of his name Sheru in Hindi 2The Wikipedia article about Larry Buttrose has a nice story about how he worked on the book His best known book is A Long Way Home the Saroo Brierley memoir which he ghost wrote in 2012 He researched and wrote the book between September and December of that year including research trips to Hobart to interview Saroo and his family and a month long journey to India with Saroo There he met Saroo s Indian family and travelled with Saroo on a rail journey across India retracing for the first time the journey that Saroo took two and a half decades before as a young child that ended him in Calcutta now Kolkata Buttrose completed the book in his Kolkata hotel room and emailed the manuscript to the publishers Penguin on the date of the deadline Terrific book unbelievable story from an amazing memory wonderfully told Oh am I gushing

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E to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia Despite his gratitude Brierley always wondered about his origins Eventually with the advent of Google Earth he. A Long Way Home is Saroo Brierley s personal account of finding himself tragically lost from his family at the young age of 5 years old His journey back to his birth mother 25 years later is a truly amazing story The fact that he survived before and after being discovered as homeless is a miracle in itself Despite my thoughts about the astonishing facts I have mixed feelings about this reading experience In my perspective this memoir was very to the point and caused it to feel disappointingly one dimensional A little help with the writing and overall storytelling could have added personality and allowed this piece of nonfiction to pull at the heartstrings and keep the reader on the edge of suspense because when you think about Saroo s experiences those emotions are within reach I plan to watch the film adaptation Lion and have no doubt it will than make up for my lack of connection to the book Regardless A Long Way Home is a story to be heard and I don t regret reading itMy favorite uote Today there are perhaps a hundred thousand homeless kids in Kolkata and a good many of them die before they reach adulthood No one knows how many Indian children have been trafficked into the sex trade or slavery or even for organs but all these trades are thriving with too few officials and too many kids

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Had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical euations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India One day after years of searching he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family. Saroo was five years old when he found himself alone and on the streets of Calcutta Surviving by eating scraps of food sleeping in hidden areas After several close calls he is eventually found and sent to an orphanage Unable to find his family from his descriptions he is adopted and sent to live his new life in Australia Years later has an adult he attempts again to find the family he lost This is the story of his journeyI m a doubting Thomas I freely admit it but I can t believe he could remember all the details he does at that young an age I think back to when I was five after my parents divorced and remember little Plus there is uite a bit of what I call filler to pad the story Don t get me wrong I did find this heartbreaking in parts and I admire him for all the adversity he had to conuer I just doubt the veracity of part of his story I could very possibly be wrongThe narrator was Vikas Adam and I thought he was excellent 4 stars


10 thoughts on “A Long Way Home

  1. says:

    Sad horrifying wondrous life affirming heartbreaking and heartwarmingWhen Saroo’s father left his mother and

  2. says:

    5★I remember hearing about this story when it ‘broke’ a few years ago and then it surfaced again when Nicole Kidman starred in the movie LION and the rest will no doubt be historyFirst I have to say that although I already knew the bones

  3. says:

    Find all of my reviews at Long Way Home will probably end up as a selection on all the lists featuring inspirational stories and here I go giving it a 2 Star What can I say????? The first sign that this probably wasn't going to be a great book

  4. says:

    Few life stories involve such impossible odds incredible love and sheer determiniation as Saroo Brierley's For several years after watching 'Slumdog Millionaire' my mind kept returning to these little boys and thei

  5. says:

    A Long Way Home is Saroo Brierley's personal account of finding himself tragically lost from his family at the young age of 5 years old His journey back to his birth mother 25 years later is a truly amazing story The fact that he survived before and after being discovered as homeless is a miracle in itself Despite my thoughts about the astonishing facts I have mixed feelings about this reading experience In my perspective this me

  6. says:

    At the age of five Saroo an Indian boy becomes lost after after being separated from his brother After traveling on a train for uite some time Saroo ends up in Calcutta Saroo is not only frightened and alone but he is also faced with having to scavenge and beg for food for his survival He has no idea of his surname or the village

  7. says:

    Oh my lord this book had be blubbering like a baby Prepare the tissues if you read this book When Saroo Brierley was five years old

  8. says:

    Saroo was five years old when he found himself alone and on the streets of Calcutta Surviving by eating scraps of food sleeping in hidden areas After several close calls he is eventually found and sent to an orpha

  9. says:

    Good Lord FEELINGS This book is effectively two separate stories1 How Saroo got lost and ended up being adopted by an Australian family2 Saroo's search for his home 20 years laterThe first story is horrifying when you think about all the ways that his story could have ended differently The second is nothing short of astonishing Not only that he managed to find a needle in a haystack on Google Earth but that

  10. says:

    35 StarsI found out about this book when I watched the trailer for the 2016 movie Lion The trailer had me in te