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A Long Way Home | [Saroo Brierley]

A Long Way Home

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. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Milana Leshinsky York , PA USA 07-16-14
    Milana Leshinsky York , PA USA 07-16-14 Member Since 2011

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    Absolutely!


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    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.


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    Really great build-up to the most important moments - finding home, meeting his mother, chocked up several times.


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    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 06-22-14
    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 06-22-14 Member Since 2011

    Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Hard book to rate... 3 or 4?"

    "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.

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