At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable 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 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 equations 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.
A Long Way Home is 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.
©2014 Saroo Brierley (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
"A long way home" is the straightforward telling of Saroo's experiences as a 5 year old stranded on a moving train, being lost in Calcutta and eventually being adopted and taken to Tasmania by new parents. As an adult using childhood memories and Google Earth he eventually figures out where in India his childhood home was located. The actual events as they happened are amazing, however... the writing style and reading of the book are average at best and at times irritating. I should probably have ranked it a 3, but I simply enjoyed the story...
This would make a great family movie and has been briefly depicted in a 28 minute video available on Youtube and produced by "60 Minutes." I watched this after reading the book and enjoyed seeing Saroo, his family and the locations where the book took place.
Great story. I learned about India, about adoption, bonds of love between mother and son. I continued to think about these people for weeks after I had finished the book.
I believe this story is a unique memoir and therefore interesting. It is not however, incredibly well written and therefore I don't think I would read another book from Saroo Brierley and/or Vikas Adam.
The uniqueness of this story is what I liked best. We can all learn from memoirs and make text to self connections. I also enjoyed the happiness of this story.
This book is a wonderful story, easy to follow, interesting and heart breaking. It was easy to bond with the character and to feel his pain and yet admire his determination. I didn't want to finish it and immediately started to look for other similar books. Well worth one's time!
Saroo's story is amazing from start to finish. Even after listening to it I still have a hard time accepting the fact that a little 5 year old boy went on this journey and survived. Although it was obvious how the book was going to turn out with him finding his hometown, I am pleased to say that his story delivers even a little bit more. It really moved me when he wrote that his mother stayed in the same general area for her entire life with the hopes that he would one day return and have an easy way of finding her because of it. Moreover, as a man who strongly believes in family, I have much respect for Saroo, as he has seen to it that his mother is provided for and his family as well. I don't want to give away too much, but what transpires with both his families after he has found his home in India is very heartwarming. Excellent narration. The book itself was well written. I wish the author long life and happiness and I am grateful that I have been able to share in this incredible story.
I felt l could relate because I have always wanted to go back home to where I was born, in another country. It's like the author took me on a journey of going back home and feeling that moment of being transported into my childhood.
Really great build-up to the most important moments - finding home, meeting his mother, chocked up several times.
This amazing story, with its blend of modern technology and old-world lifestyle, and its glimpse of ordinary people who made a difference in the lives of others, was a joy to listen to. Hard to tell a story like this with enough intimacy of thoughts and experiences.. This was very well done.
Wife, Mother, multitasker. Love "reading" books while gardening, refinishing furniture, doing mundane chores.
What an amazing story of a five year old lost in India and eventually finding his way back home. Story told honestly with much feeling and emotion as this young man recalls incredible details from his years 3-5. His persistent search and living family led to his eventual result in finding his birth family roots. Would definitely recommend this read. The narrator was also wonderful with an appropriate Australian accent and Indian accent.
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