Penguin Canada, 2013
Source: My Own Bookshelf
Audience: Adults, Older Teens
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.
Well, I saw the movie Lion as part of my Oscar preparation, and I absolutely loved it. I put myself on the holds list for it at the library, but we only had a few copies and the holds list was long. I couldn’t wait weeks or months, so I bought a copy at Target. I’m proud to say I began reading it within just a few weeks of buying it, and definitely finished it before it would have come in for me at the library. Worth the money!
Lion was a quick read and a majority of it matched up with what I saw in the movie. The one thing that the book had that the movie didn’t was explanations of what Saroo was thinking and feeling as everything happened. I found his amount of memories incredible for someone so young. Overall, reading about a true story that could have turned out terrible but actually had a happy ending was inspiring. I enjoyed it.