Lion: A Long Way Home Young Readers' Edition Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-07-13 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

"I have not enjoyed a biography/memoir this much since reading Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Until now, imagining a memoir more captivating, and emotion - eliciting would have been difficult. Also surprising, to anyone lazy like me who did not check other additions, a Long Way Home is Lion. Had no idea. Everyone has been telling me, "You *have* to watch Lion!" I figured that eventually I would get around to it. Two days before I started reading this book, my husband took an international flight and watched Lion and said it was phenomenal and that I had to rent it as soon as possible so we could discuss it. At that same time, I was trying to find a new book to listen to while I worked out. This book was free on Hoopla under the title A Long Way Home. After listening to about a 1/4 of it, I told my husband that I was reading the most amazing book and began to recount the story. Turned out it was the book on which the movie he recommended was based.

I hesitate to say more than what the book cover relates because when not knowing what happens next, the reader is swept up into what I can only describe as a reading/listening experience that surpasses anything a fiction author could conjure in their imagination. I highly recommend this book, particularly the audio version. Great narration.

The movie Lion comes out on Netflix very soon. Can't wait to watch this book come to life on the screen.
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"baca ini karena belum transaksi filmnya dengan temen yg punya filmnya
iyaaaa, bukunya udah diangkat ke layar lebar, judulnya jadi 'LION' dan kemaren2 nominated di OSCAR.
Kalo kata teteh yg udah nonton mah Dev Patel nya bahaya, cenah mah kasep #eaaaa


Saroo kecil terpisah dengan kakaknya Gaddu ketika sedang bermain (juga mencari makan) di stasiun kecil kota India. Karena terpisah dan Saroo baru pertama kali ke kota itu, Saroo tidak tahu jalan pulang, bahkan alamat rumahnya sendiri, Saroo gak tahu. Jadilah Saroo ikut bolak-balik kereta ke Kalkuta, dan hidupnya terlunta-lunta. Sendirian. At the age of five. Oh. Gosh. Hatiku. Kokoro.

Kokoro ini tercabik-cabik karena penjelasan masa kecil Saroo yang serba miskin, bahkan mau makan aja harus ngemis dulu ke tetangga. Karena ibunya harus kerja seharian full, Saroo bertugas menjaga adiknya (Shekila) dengan segala susah payahnya.

Diceritakan bahwa Saroo bisa hidup +- sampai berminggu minggu terlunta lunta di daerah antah berantah itu suatu keajaiban. Karena biasanya anak-anak terlantar jadi sasaran kekerasan dan penjualan organ atau human trafficking. Lebih beruntung lagi kisahnya dia bisa sampai terbang ke Australia, dapet orang tua adopsi yang oh sungguh baik hati sekali, malaikat banget.

Perjalanan pulang panjang menuju India, yang wow, karena Saroo enggak tahu sama sekali daerah asalnya, bahkan saat dia meninggalkan rumah dia gabisa baca tulis, jadi wajar dia gak tahu cara menulis daerah tempatnya tinggal. Dibantu google earth dan facebook, akhirnya Saroo bisa ketemu lagi dengan keluarganya. *tears*


Buku ini ngegambarin jelas gimana takutnya anak-anak yang terpisah dari orangtuanya, gimana rindunya dengan saudara yang udah lama ga ketemu, bahkan sama ibunya, gimana pengeeen banget rasanya pulang, sebenar-benar pulang. Ngegambarin banget kemiskinan yang miskin banget, yang kalau mau makan sesuap aja susah banget, bahkan ketika mencium bau masakan dia bisa seneng banget dan berusaha mencicipi masakan itu gimanapun caranya, karena enggak pernah makan proper di rumahnya. Ngegambarin banget gimana kerasnya jalanan, yang kalau enggak punya keberanian sedikitpun ya jangan harap bisa hidup.

Bikin bersyukur banyak banget.
Dan sedikit mengubah pandangan ke anak2 jalanan yang masih kecil banget. Kadang suka ngerasa kesel aja gitu kalo ada anak kecil ngemis2, keselnya ke ayah-ibunya yang tega banget pake anaknya buat ngemis. Yha berusaha gak benci anaknya, da bukan keinginannya dilahirkan seperti itu. Awch PR nya banyak sekali.

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"I read this a few years ago when it first came out and not sure why I didn't write a review back then. I remember thinking what an extraordinary story. A little boy getting lost, travelling miles away from his hometown, surviving for months by himself in the dangerous streets of Calcutta, just narrowly escaping from a horrible fate. He is then adopted by a loving couple and travels even further from home to Tasmania. This is the story of Saroo and how the pull of home and the memory of his biological family back in India takes him on a journey half way around the world. The movie Lion was released last month and captured Saroo's story and the emotion of his life and journey brilliantly. Words are really not adequate to capture the essence of this amazing story. " said.

"When Saroo gets separated at the train station from his brother, his life takes a dramatic turn. At just five years old, he finds himself alone in an unknown and crowded platform. With a vague notion of his way home, Saroo attempts to go back but instead winds up getting adopted and going to live to Australia. Still, Saroo can not forget his family in India and (years later) begins to search for them. This is his real life journey.

Wow, going by the description of the book, one would think this is a work of fiction. Its not. All the events are factual. Its hard to fanthom how a five-year-old could manage to survive alone in the streets for weeks. There were so many ways his journey could have gone awry but his is a story that, thankfully, has a good ending. Saroo, lives on the streets of India for a few weeks and through a series of experiences winds up on an adoption list. Its not long from there that he gets adopted and brought to Australia. As an adult he uses Google Earth to find his home town, a lengthy and exhaustive process. But one that yields results. Its no wonder how his story caught Hollywood´s eye and whose movie ended up as an Oscar nominee. Prior to starting reading this work, I had no idea that the movie Lion was based on this book (will certainly be looking for the film adaptation). Heartfelt, profound and uplifting this was an incredible story.

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" A fascinating story which I had to keep reminding myself was true as a lot of it is so incomprehensible. Inspiring and heartbreaking read - highly recommend and look forward to seeing the movie! " said.

"-I think both the book and the movie were very good, but the book touched me much more because it contains more details.
-The main story of the book is maintained in the movie, but some details concerning events, places and characters were changed.
for example,In the book <> but in the movie <-For me , I gave the book four stars and the movie only three stars out of five!
-Many important details from the book were ignored in the movie, especially the period before the author gets lost. This period is crucial to the story because without it, we can’t understand the harsh conditions where Saroo’s family was living, how they suffered under grinding poverty, how they spent days and days without food and how they had to learn to survive in an early age, but most importantly, how much they loved each other and remained united and cohesive despite their challenging life.
-The author describes all the periods of his story with the same sense of details. He let us feel all what he had gone through; he made us smile when he is safe or happy, cry when he is sad, lonely and lost, panic when he is scared or in danger, he made us live every moment with him and let us unconsciously pray for him to survive when he was a child and to find home when he was grown-up.
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"I began reading this ebook at a cafe this morning and finished on the front veranda at home this afternoon, bathed in sunshine. I feel Saroo Brierley has opened his mind honestly and thoughtfully, and taken me on his early childhood journey, from loss, fear, resignation, hope, belonging, love, wonder and fulfilment. I love that Saroo shared his whole life, his insights into important members of family, friends, and acquaintances. I read with sunglasses on, not to shield the bright sunlight, rather to camouflage the tears of empathy and joy that often welled and rolled across my cheeks throughout.

Beautifully written, the openness reflects a grateful young man, blessed with a loving adoptive family, brother, girlfriend and friends. I haven't been so affected or felt such love through empathy from reading a novel since Rohinton Mistry's 'A Fine Balance', and Khaled Hosseini's 'The Kite Runner'.

Exceeded my expectations from a first time novelist... I imagine the multitude and magnitude of the mental journey that accompanied the physical one made it such a clearly told autobiographical story. Have recommended it to my friends. Well done Saroo.
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"In January I saw the movie Lion. I had no idea what the movie was about, my parents wanted to go see it and I thought great, I'll go! The movie was really good!!! It was terribly sad, I cried numerous times! I found the whole story to be so moving, and I think I was extra sensitive because I have a friend going through a similar type adoption.

As we walked out of the theatre we all commented that the movie was so good - BUT, the movie told the story of Saroo until he was adopted and then did an immediate jump to him in college and his quest to find his home. We all wondered what it was like in his growing up years - so this was my quest to find out if the book told any different!

I listened to the audio of this book and I loved it!!! Highly recommend the audio! As for a straightforward book review, I feel like my view is a little skewed since going into the book I already knew the story, so no part of the book for me was slow, or boring. I thought the writing was great and the story very vivid - again I already had all the pictures in my mind, did that make a difference?

My biggest surprise, although should I really be that shocked?!?!? was how different the movie was from the book. Knowing the book is the actual real story from Saroo - you can identify the numerous times the movie story was changed to hollywood-ify it. too much in my opinion! Which is too bad - I think the movie could have been equally successful without certain implications they focused on. I was thankful to get the real story, since I was particularly interested in the psychology of it all!!

So if you have seen the movie, and you want to know the real story - definitely check this out!!! And if you haven't read it, maybe see the movie first...and then read it. Or just read it!!
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