A Long Way Home

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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 believin the name of his family or where he was from, he survived for weeks on the treets of Kolkata, before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by anothe couple in Australia.
Despite being happy in his new family, Saroo always wondered about his origins. He spent hours staring at the map of India on his bedroom wall. When he as young woma the advent of Google Earth led him to pore over satellite images of country for landmarks he recognised. And one day, after decades of searching, he miraculously found what he was ooking for.
Eventually he set off on voyag to ind his sister.
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288
Original Title of the Book
A Long Way Home
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Published June 24th 2013 by Viking

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he first sign that this probably was n't oing to e great nove is the reason that the blurb was n't always a blurb, but instead the opening pages of this retellin.

The ong Way Home is about oy named Saroo, who at five years old becomes lost from his family and winds up on the differen side of India.

It ’ s very clear immediately that Saroo Brierley is no writer ( and if I ’ m alling it out, you now it should be bad) and the assertio that he ha only five years old when he became lost meant hardly any details of his story were remembered.

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Part of me is still “ in ” the story and I nly hope that it doesn ’ t hinder me from expressing how truly wonderful this book is.First: The Writing.

Saroo himself experienced the terrors and the bewilderment of finding himself in the wrong place at the wrong time locked into a car on a train that ended up far from his home.

His adventures and misadventures of living on the streets for several weeks were stories Saroo later told himself in his mind over and over so he wouldn ’ t bothe.

Saroo has nothing but love and respect in his tone and writing about his adoptive family.

His family and his girl-friend are also supportive and this support mitigates the obsession to find his village to a compulsive level everyone can live with.Seventh: The Story, Part 6.

Of his trip where he travels the train line he believes took him from his home, and visits the places that impacted him at age 5 in the tow that was then known as Calcutta, Saroo Brierly says,

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I do feel conflicted regarding the way he wrote his emoir; I enjoyed it because it was comprehensive, detailed and logical but I kind of wish he wrote with more emotion.

Reall it was toug for him to really convey past emotions or something but I just felt like there shoul have ha more about his thought and houghts.

Also something that kind of irked me was the act that in a ook, Saroo says he ells his dad& mom at different times and in person that he found his old hometown but in the 60 minute show ( I watched that after I writ this) it was said that he texted them in the middle of the morning.

At times it was little sluggis and there were th few redundant things in a ook but I coul maybe ecommend this.

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His adoptive parents are wonderful and loving people who do all they an to make Saroo feel at home.

Instea though Saroo has settled in very well with his doptive parents he still feel about he 's family back in India.

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Sad, frightenin, wondrous, life affirming, heartbreaking and heartwarming.When Saroo ’ s father left his wif and their family for another ma, another family, they moved from the Hindu community/ side of town to the Muslim side moving into a single room falling apart with a cowpat and mud floor and a small corner fireplace.

There was no choice to the subjec, hunger was simply th fact of life, like the searing heat and the constantly buzzing flies. ” Looking up to his lder cousin, five year-old Saroo decides to o with Guddu one night.

Five years old, I remember naps in school, a playground, an older brother and a brand new baby brother.

I did have a long distance trip that year – to Disneyland, my grandfathe, my older brother and me, but Calcutta is nothing like Disneyland, everyone spoke my language and money was not something I was involve with.

All a far cry from a five year-old boy, in Calcutta, with no money, no family and no notio of where he is or how to keep his way home.He tries.

Mrs. Sood asks Saroo if he says he would like to live with that family.

They opened their hearts a second time, a few decades ater, to adopt a brother for Saroo, a second son for them, named Mantash.

Days go by, time passes and one ay in 2004, Google purchases Brian McClendon ’ s company “ Keyhole, Inc. ”, and uddenly the world is at your fingertips.

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For everal day after watching 'Slumdog Millionaire', my mind kept returning to these little boys and their heartbreaking story.

When I stoppe reading he nove, after the title attracted me to it, I was awar of Saroo Brierley 's true story.

And it is most awesom story ever, of this five-year-old boy, born in extreme poverty in central India, who under calamitous and traumatic circumstances got lost at a train station and landed in an an orphanage, two thousand kilometre away from home, was adopted by Australian parents and decided 20 years later to find his family, even though he ad the names of towns all wrong ( almost right), and even pronounced his own name incorrectly.

All through his life he always worried about his little sister who he took care of since he was four years old.

And he was surprise that his older cousin, who at fourteen years old, was the head of he family with many responsibilities, was still looking for him, after Saroo was left at the train station that night to wait on his daughter.

Well, yours truly cried like a baby.I have n't seen thi fil, but ook as an emotional journey with young five-year-old boy, who became a gentle giant with a mission in life.

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Regardless, A Long Way Home is a tal to be heard and I do n't regret reading it.My favorite quote: " Today there are quite a hundred thousand homeless kids in Kolkata, and anothe good many of them die before they reach adulthood ...

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I can greatly understand Saroo 's quest to go and meet his birth Mother after all those years.I also think it is grand that he is reluctan to share his ove with his estrange parents, and his birth Mother and maintain those relationships to a level that all are comfortable and happy with.

I kno when you are adopted, you lways wonder where you " Came from " Even though you love your adoptive parents to the moon and back, there is obviously this hole, that will hardly be filled.

In his case, Saroo made the right decision to discover his roots again and to get answers to unanswered questions that had been gnawing away at him for 25 years.

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Saroo 's search for his home 20 years later.The first story is horrifying when you kno about all the possibilitie that his story migh have ended differently.

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