Lion

Lion

Book - 2016
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A young man 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. Always wondered about his origins, and with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home. After years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.
Publisher: New York : New American Library, 2016
Edition: New American Library trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780399584695
0399584692
Branch Call Number: B BRIERLEY
Characteristics: 273 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Buttrose, Larry 1952-- Contributor

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At five years old Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. He survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to pore over satellite images... Read More »

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AL_KELSEY Feb 14, 2017

This is SUCH a beautiful story about a determined young boy to survive, a teen determined to fit in, and a man trying to find his roots. I loved Saroo's journey, and learning about how he was able to locate his family without the easy technology tools we have today.

In theaters as Lion on November 25th.


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LindaMarion
Oct 30, 2017

Amazing Book! Without technology he would be longing for his family forever. Highly recommend! Enjoyed book from cover to cover!

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Starpoem
Oct 24, 2017

Wow, I really got caught up in this story. It reminds me of lines from "Amazing Grace"--"I once was lost, but now am found." The book makes you see just how vast the world is, and how easy it is to get lost in that vastness. And it also makes you appreciate the modern technology that makes the world a little easier to navigate.

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writermala
Sep 28, 2017

This is the story of little Saroo who gets lost in the streets of crowded Kolkata. How he got to Kolkata is in itself a story. Saroo is fortunate to be adopted by Sue and John Brierley and moves to Australia. He grows up in idyllic surroundings in Hobart, Tasmania. In a coming of age account Saroo feels the angst of missing his birth mother and siblings. He sets out on a technological search and almost miraculously ends up in the village he grew up in. A very well told true novel.

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mclarjh
Sep 24, 2017

An extra ordinary story told in an ordinary way.

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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.

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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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