“Lion” – Saroo Brierley

To be fair it’s hard to catch my interest when it comes to books which don’t consist of poetry and poetry only but this one succeeded. I’m quite fussy when it comes to stories and usually, I find myself quickly lose interest no matter how well the book is written. I do appreciate the craft but I’d rather read an article or a few pomes instead of a novel etc..

“Lion” is one of the books that I can highly recommend to picky readers. What makes this book interesting? First of all the fact that everything that happens on its pages happened in real life. Based on a true story “Lion” takes the reader on a train journey with 5-year-old Saroo, the author, explains his story and his long way back home.

Saroo got lost in India when he was a 5year-old kid. Living on the streets of Kolkatta, escaping many dangerous situations and ending up in an orphanage thanks to which he found a new home. He got adopted by an Australian couple, grew up in Tasmania and after 25 years he found his way back to India. This extremely touching story shows the power of one’s will and that if you really want something – nothing can stop you from achieving the goal. It’s not only a story about getting lost and coming back. It’s about strength, family connections, and identity.  Even though the reader knows from the start that the story is going to have a happy ending it’s not something that discourages from reading and hopping on the train with the 5-year-old.

If you’re not a fan of reading, I’d recommend watching “Lion” on Netflix as the movie is as touching as the book is. Just keep a box of tissues next to you – I can guarantee that even the toughest ones are going to shed some tears.

My desires for myself are less clear. Even as I poured all my efforts into tracking down my home town and family, I was never searching in the hope of somehow getting back to the life I had missed. It wasn’t a matter of needing to right a wrong, nor one of wanting to return to where I belong. I grew up almost all of my life in Australia, and I have family bonds here that cannot be challenged or broken. I wanted to know where I came from – to be able to look at a map and point to the place where I was born – and to throw light on some of the circumstances of my past. – (Brierley, 2013;253)