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.
This is a brilliant five star read and I will highly recommend it to you ALL! I actually fell in love with this story and was beside Saroo the whole time supporting him. What a story to tell the world! How amazing is it to survive at just five years old on your own. This is a real eye opener that other parts of the world are nothing like ours and we shouldn’t take advantage of what we have. I think with this story being a real life, non fiction story made it that little more intense and believable. It is a relatively short short at (288 pages), which I managed to complete within 24 hours. I didn’t want to put it down. This story will stick with me for a long time and I cannot wait to see the film adaption. Lion is brilliantly written, easy to read and fast paced. I loved how it included photos of them all, making it that little bit more personal. A lovely heart warming story. Well deserved five stars. Go check it out below. You will not be disappointed I promise you. LOVED IT!
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“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime.”
Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.
Wow. Khaled Hosseini has done it again! Brilliant. Will tug right at your heart strings. A beautiful emotional story. I cannot believe I have finally read all his books! A must read if you haven’t already. A very powerful story! Another well deserved five stars from me… Amazing story! Parts you may need a tissue though 😦
The Kite Runner is written well and is easy to read. You will fall in love with some of the characters and some you will hate. A story that will stay in your heart for a long time. A must buy from me! Can finally watch the film now too and compare. Brilliant. This author has never let me down and I hope (fingers crossed) a new book will soon be out! Highly recommend. Enjoy, I loved it.
This is not my usual type of book to read but the title, cover and the mixed reviews tempted me. It all started when Allan turned 100, while he is sitting in his old people’s home he decides to embark on an adventure instead and starts as soon as he is out the window! Throughout his journey Allan find himself involved with criminals, a few murderers, a suitcase full of cash and the police. While all this is going on we get to find out about all of Allan’s life and what he got up to. Could you imagine going on an adventure at 100 years old? No, it is not something I would do either. So join Allan on his adventure and let him tell you all about himself.
The 100 year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared is a beautifully written story which contrasts between Allan’s life and adventure easily and perfectly. This book has had many mixed reviews by readers and it seems it is not to everyone’s taste. However, I assumed I would not enjoy it but I loved it and fell in love with Allan’s character. I must say it was not an easy read and I found it quiet challenging but this book is a must read! I awarded four stars as I did find that a few chapters dragged for me personally, but other than that it was an excellent read. This book would be perfect for readers who like comedy, adventure and contemporary. Let Allan welcome you into his journey and story, you would not assume he is 100 years old with what Allan gets up too!