A Long Way Home

A Long Way Home

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This is the miraculous and triumphant story of a young man who rediscovers not only his childhood life and home, but an identity long-since left behind. 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, he 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. This is a true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope. When the author used Google Earth to find his long-lost birthplace half a world away, his story made global headlines. That story is being published in several languages around the world and is currently being adapted into a major feature film. The author was born in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, India. He currently lives in Hobart, Tasmania. -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2014.
ISBN: 9780425276198
9780399169281
0399169288
Branch Call Number: BIO BRIERLE BRIERLE
Characteristics: 255 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Buttrose, Larry 1952-

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Lost at the young age of 4, his search for home is a pieced together puzzle of distant memories and modern satellite imagery. A needle in the haystack story where the needle is actually found. Amazing and touching beyond belief. Suggested by Brian


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robandlaurine
Aug 01, 2017

Loved everything about this book.

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abe28
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.

laurengail Jun 28, 2017

One Book One Community - 2017

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chrisbee55
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.

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MLK94
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.

hammy28 Jun 08, 2017

Great book. Kept me engaged from start to finish. Often autobiographies will have parts that are dull and I skim over but not Lion. Enjoyed all of it.

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FrostedFlake
Apr 09, 2017

Truly an enjoyable read, I was intrigued by the dual cultural descriptions to the point i felt i was there in India!

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bplstaff
Mar 30, 2017

This was a great book, definitely a quick read, and a truly inspiring story! The only issue I had, was near the end there was a portion of the book that was cumbersome with the names of the cities and towns where Saroo was searching, it almost becomes a "skip over" part. But a fabulous story!

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gayn
Mar 29, 2017

I just finished reading the book "Lion" after viewing the movie first and recommend both of them. Totally amazing.

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Quietday
Mar 21, 2017

Interesting story. I think the shining stars in this story are the women who shaped his life, resulting in an incredibly fortunate outcome. A reminder that sometimes the simplest, smallest decisions can change our lives in profound ways.

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