A Long Way Home

A Long Way Home

When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost home town half a world away, he made global headlines. Saroo had become lost on a train in India at the age of five. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, he survived for weeks on the streets of Kolkata, before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia. Despite being happy When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost home town half a world away, he made global headlines. S...

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Title:A Long Way Home
Author:Saroo Brierley
ISBN:A Long Way Home
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  • mohsen pourramezani
    Jun 08, 2017
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  • Raghu
    Sep 29, 2013
    This book tells an amazing story. There is simply no other way to describe it. It is the real-life story of Saroo, a five-year-old child in a village in central India, who gets lost and finds himself transported all the way east to Calcutta, some 1800 kms away. Young Saroo, all of five...
  • Cheri
    Jun 03, 2017
    Sad, horrifying, wondrous, life affirming, heartbreaking and heartwarming. When Saroo?s father left his mother and their family for another woman, another family, they moved from the Hindu community / side of town to the Muslim side moving into a single room falling apart with a...
  • Robyn
    Jun 08, 2014
    ARC received from NetGalley via ShelfAwareness. An interesting and touching story, hampered by lack of authorial skill. I'd not heard about Saroo Brierley's journey to find his family, the announcement of this book was the first I learned about his unusual life experiences. The...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    Feb 01, 2017
    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 history. First, I have to say that although I already knew the bones of the story, as so many poten...
  • Brenda
    Jul 10, 2013
    When Saroo Brierley was born, he was born into poverty in a small town in India. Of course he wasn?t Saroo Brierley then, and when he became lost he was only five, and could only remember his name was Saroo. His early childhood was happy in his memory. He and his siblings were always...
  • Jennifer
    Jan 05, 2017
    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 homele...
  • Laura
    Nov 03, 2014
    This story was amazing and what's more IS it's not a work of fiction, it's TRUE! I have a strong love for non-fiction when stories like this come across as 'one in a million' chances! I'm sure everyone has mucked around with Google Earth at some point in their life? Have you known s...
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    Aug 30, 2017
    ?A Long Way Home? describes an early childhood in India which is beyond imagination for most Americans. The poverty of poor people in India is incredible and horrendous. But some escape it. Saroo Brierley was adopted from an Indian orphanage by a Tasmania couple eager for ch...
  • TL
    Jan 23, 2018
    An amazing story and a bit mind boggling really when you think about everything that happened to Saroo (I had a suspicion about what had happened to his brother). Add that to him surviving on the streets and how everything eventually turned out for him... very lucky he was. The writ...
  • Jennifer Lynn Harrison
    Apr 25, 2017
    It is NOT often that I say this, but-- I actually cannot wait to watch the film version of this (yes, I know it was nominated for the Oscar) because I think it will make a better film than book! Blasphemy, I know! Perhaps, if the protagonist were an actual author instead of just a norm...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    Mar 07, 2017
    Great story wrapped in a short book. It details the treacherous journey of not only a 5 year old as he leaves his home in India, but also the exhausting journey of a 30 year old as he finds his way back to that home. Written as a memoir, this starts as a heart breaking story. It is ea...
  • K.
    Jan 29, 2017
    Good Lord. FEELINGS. This book is effectively two separate stories: 1. How Saroo got lost and ended up being adopted by an Australian family. 2. Saroo's search for his home 20 years later. The first story is horrifying when you think about all the ways that his story could hav...
  • Jaline
    Jun 05, 2017
    This is an extraordinary story, told by the person who lived it. Part of me is still ?in? the story and I only hope that it doesn?t hinder me from expressing how truly wonderful this book is. First: The Writing. Maybe an odd place to start, but when we read a book, that?s th...
  • Sarah
    Dec 16, 2016
    3.5 Stars. I found out about this book when I watched the trailer for the 2016 movie "Lion". The trailer had me in tears and then when I saw it was based on this true story, I knew I had to read this. First of all, it is an incredible and heartbreaking story. I can't even fathom how...
  • Margitte
    Apr 18, 2018
    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 their heartbreaking story. When I started reading the book, after th...
  • ✨    jamieson   ✨
    Jan 18, 2018
    ever since I first heard about Saroo's story through the Australian media it has fascinated me. It is a harrowing story, but also such an incredible one. It is amazing to me that he managed to survive those weeks on the streets of Culcutta, being so severely separated from his family, ...
  • Arianne Mix
    Oct 18, 2014
    I really liked the first quarter of the book when he recollected his experiences as a boy in India. I love memoirs and this was right up my alley. The rest of the book was about his doubts and feelings of depression and his confusion and blah blah blah. It drove me crazy. He grew up in...
  • Andrea
    Jan 15, 2017
    Getting excited about the movie's imminent release, it was only when I watched an extended interview with Saroo and his mum on TV last week that I decided I needed to read the book before I see the Hollywood version of Saroo's story. I wanted to make sure I was clear on what really hap...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Feb 07, 2017
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ A 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 gre...
  • Sharon
    Jun 21, 2014
    At the age of five, Saroo an Indian boy becomes lost after after being separated from his brother. After traveling on a train for quite 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 su...
  • Lata
    Dec 28, 2016
    Totally a feel-good story. I find it flipping amazing that 5-year old Saroo somehow managed to avoid any number of horrible situations while homeless and alone in Kolkata. To be adopted by a family in Australia truly was fortuitous. ...
  • Nastaran
    Sep 03, 2017
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  • Maria Espadinha
    Sep 25, 2015
    Destino ou Acidente ? A Vida tem daqueles Dias que s nos permitem satisfazer os caprichos de Sua Majestade, El Rei D. Inesperado. Ora foi num desses Dias que Saroo, um jovem com apenas 5 anos de idade, se perdeu do seu irmo mais velho, numa estao de comboios. Desorientad...
  • Lauren Cecile
    Feb 06, 2017
    Beautiful, poignant memoir! ...
  • Stephanie Anze
    Jul 12, 2017
    When Saroo gets separated at the train station from his brother, his life takes a dramatic turn. At just five years old, he finds himself alone in an unknown and crowded platform. With a vague notion of his way home, Saroo attempts to go back but instead winds up getting adopted and go...
  • میعاد
    Jun 08, 2017
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  • Ron
    Jul 16, 2017
    Saroo was only five years old when he followed his older brother (himself only 14) to work along the train stations not far from his home. As Saroo fell asleep on a platform bench, Guddu his brother told him, ?Just sit down, and don?t move. I?ll come back in a little while.? Wa...
  • Lea Davey
    Apr 27, 2017
    A Long Way Home - I am so pleased that I finally read this book, and that I did so before watching the movie. What an amazing story of not only survival, resilience and the will to stay safe set amidst the poverty and havoc of everyday life in India, but also a beautiful tale of the ...
  • Irene△⃒⃘
    Mar 11, 2018
    3.5/5 ~ Very strong and powerful story, but the execution wasn?t one of my favorites. Shortly after I saw the movie, that hit me right in the feels. The book is still a good add of this incredible journey. I very enjoyed the first half (young Saroo memories), while I struggled a lit...