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A moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope. At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write, to 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. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his biological family.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Penguin,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780735233690
Branch Call Number: 921 B853
Characteristics: 273 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Buttrose, Larry 1952-- Author
Alternative Title: Long way home


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patcumming Feb 26, 2015

Fascinating story of survival, perseverance that ultimately ends in a happy reunion.

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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.

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.

Sep 24, 2017

An extra ordinary story told in an ordinary way.

Aug 01, 2017

Loved everything about this book.

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.

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.

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.

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Jun 21, 2017

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