Lion is the true story of a five-year old Indian boy who gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, is adopted by an Australian family and retraces his Indian family and roots 25 years after the incident. It depicts the poverty of the Indian People back in the 80’s and it is obviously spiced with the culture shock that a five year old would suffer when moving from India to Australia. But beyond all that, Lion is about the search for self. Saroo gets lost at a train-station and tries in vain to go back home. He lives in the streets, begs, is finally taken to an orphanage and then adopted. He is no longer a poor Indian boy, but a middle-class Aussie.
To Allie Sheridan, the protagonist of the novel, the world around her seems to be falling apart. When at school, she can’t wait to get home – when at home, going out and starting trouble seems like a good idea. Hint – it isn’t, and Allie would surely agree, since these ‘ideas’ have gotten her arrested – again. Only this time, her parents decide that it is time for Allie to get back on the right track. After all, she was a perfect child until the day her bigger brother disappeared. Allie is sent to Cimmeria, a boarding school that hides more secrets than a group of teenage girls. At the new school, she makes new friends, but enemies as well. Hidden feelings are revealed, hearts are broken, and a secret bigger than anything Allie could’ve imagined turns her world upside down.
The attention to detail turns Vermes into a surgeon, who dissects Adolf Hitler’s personality and mixes it with the contemporary society. If at first you would be tempted to think that all the social changes which took place from 1945 to 2011 would make the adaptation of the old Nazi impossible, or that Hitler is going to waste a lot of time thinking about how it was possible for him to be brought into this new era, you are wrong. Hitler does not waste time. The fact that the two worlds blend constantly is due precisely to the unchanged personality of the ‘supreme leader’. He somehow manages to minimize the differences, mentioning, however, as many times as possible, that his Germany was a better place.
Antifragile is not what you call easy material. Neither to read, nor to summarize. This book is many things and definitely not what you expected. But at least, I can promise you won’t get bored because the author is not fooling around spending 500 pages for some 50 pages ideas. Each paragraph is rich in information […]