Monday, September 08, 2014

A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

This book is an amazing story and a quick read for those who are looking for interesting non-fiction. Saroo Brierley was born in India, where at the age of 5 he became lost while at a train station with his brother. He tells of his memories of India and his family prior to getting lost. Then he relates the ordeal of  getting lost and spending weeks on the street in Calcutta. What's astonishing is that he survives his time in Calcutta (as a 5 year old!) and gets placed in an orphanage where he is soon adopted by a couple from Tasmania. The second half of the book deals with his growing up years and eventual quest in his twenties to retrace his steps to his family in India using Google Earth. Saroo's painstaking internet search is finally met with success. The last part of the book celebrates the reunification with his birth family. I recommend this inspirational and a culturally enlightening book.

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