First it was a media sensation. Then it became the #1 international bestseller A Long Way Home. Now it’s Lion, the major motion picture —nominated for six Academy Awards!
This is the miraculous and triumphant story of Saroo Brierley, a young man who used Google Earth to rediscover his childhood life and home in an incredible journey from India to Australia and back again…
I watched the movie and loved it so much that I got the book. Easy and enjoyable read. It gives more details to what happened. Some of the stories in the movie are simplified or mixed together. The book explained more of the process and revealed other coincidences that point to the divine intervention of Saroo’s journey. It’s written like an autobiography or a memoir rather than a novel which makes sense. It is a narrative of a long journey. The movie is fantastic and a must-see.
Everyone can benefit from going on this amazing journey with a young man who exhibits tenacity, resolve and grace in his search for his birth family and his devotion to both his adopted and birth families.
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, Brierley 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.
Lion is a moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope.
In 1986 in Khandwa, India, young Saroo (Sunny Pawar) gets separated from his brother Guddu (Abhishek Bharate) and is carried away on a train to Calcutta, 1600 kilometers away. Over the next year, Saroo struggles to survive on the streets until he’s eventually put in an orphanage and adopted by a loving Australian couple, Sue (Nicole Kidman) and John Brierley (David Wenham). As an adult (Dev Patel) in 2008, Saroo seems to have largely assimilated, but it becomes clear that he still considers himself “lost”. A friend suggests that he use the new site Google Earth to try and find his way back home. Saroo becomes obsessed with tracking down his hometown, and it causes him to push away his girlfriend Lucy (Rooney Mara) and his parents.
It was a needle in a haystack, but the needle was there. Everything’s there. Everything we have in the world is at the tap of a button, but you gotta have the will and the determination to [get] it. -Saroo Brierley, Homeward Bound
Honest, heartbreaking, powerful, uplifting and hopeful, this amazing true story is one for the ages.
The emotional journey of Saroo Brierley . . . will melt hearts around the globe.