Lion: A Long Way Home – Saroo Brierley

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Author: Saroo Brierley
Genre: Autobiography
Pages: 288
Category: 27. Read a biography whether auto, normal or memoir
Format: Paper

Date Started: May 18th 2017
Date Finished: May 19th 2017

I only heard about this book when the movie was released earlier this year (haven’t seen the movie yet though).

This is the story of Saroo Brierley who became lost as a child in India only to be adopted by an Australian family eventually working to find out who his birth family were.

At first the entire thing seemed completely farfetched to me. How could a six year old possibly become so lost that he couldn’t remember where he was from or who his family was. And even if he did, why were his parents not looking everywhere for him?

It becomes a little more understandable as you keep reading though. But I will let you guys enjoy that for yourselves because this book really is remarkable, as is the story that accompanies it.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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The Book Thief (2013)

Title: The Book Thieflarge_xwun4gftft3eha1culkrbuodrjq
Year: 2013
Director: Brian Percival
Genre: History/Drama
Date Watched: March 5th 2017
Category: #51. A historical film

Let me preface this by saying that if you haven’t already dne so, you should definitely check out the book version of this. While I loved the film there is a lot missing from it and a lot to be gained from reading the book version that it’s based on.

Set in Nazi Germany this book tells the story of Liesl Meminger and the town of Molching. The film starts out in the same way the book does and for the most part does follow the plot as it appears in the book, albeit some of Liesl’s books have different titles and there is now a full dictionary in her basement rather than just parts of it.

There were only two changes in the movie that really bugged me though – rather than taking a little time to warm up to Max and become comfortable, she immediately gets along with him. And secondly, she doesn’t have the chance to feed bread to the walking Jews with Rudy. But as I said, it does stick to the story fairly well despite these and a few other omissions.

If you liked the book then I would definitely see the film version, the acting is good, the sets are good, it’s just a well made film. If you haven’t read the book, I would pick it up and give it a shot, it’s worth the extra effort for what it will add to your watching of this film.

Rating: 4/5 stars