The Orphan Keeper

The Orphan Keeper Based on a remarkable true story Seven year old Chellamuthu s life is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in India sold to a Christian orphanage and then adopted by an unsuspecting

  • Title: The Orphan Keeper
  • Author: Camron Wright
  • ISBN: 9781629722245
  • Page: 253
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Based on a remarkable true story.Seven year old Chellamuthu s life is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in India, sold to a Christian orphanage, and then adopted by an unsuspecting couple in the United States It takes months before the boy can speak enough English to tell his parents that he already has a family back in India Horrified, they try theirBased on a remarkable true story.Seven year old Chellamuthu s life is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in India, sold to a Christian orphanage, and then adopted by an unsuspecting couple in the United States It takes months before the boy can speak enough English to tell his parents that he already has a family back in India Horrified, they try their best to track down his Indian family, but all avenues lead to dead ends.Meanwhile, they simply love him, change his name to Taj, enroll him in school, make him part of their family and his story might have ended there had it not been for the pestering questions in his head Who am I Why was I taken How do I get home More than a decade later, Taj meets Priya, a girl from southern India with surprising ties to his past Is she the key to unveil the secrets of his childhood or is it too late And if he does make it back to India, how will he find his family with so few clues From the best selling author of The Rent Collector, this is a deeply moving and gripping journey of discovering one s self and the unbreakable family bonds that connect us forever.

    • [PDF] Download ↠ The Orphan Keeper | by ✓ Camron Wright
      253 Camron Wright
    • thumbnail Title: [PDF] Download ↠ The Orphan Keeper | by ✓ Camron Wright
      Posted by:Camron Wright
      Published :2019-01-15T16:15:22+00:00

    1 thought on “The Orphan Keeper”

    1. While I was reading this book I couldn’t help but wonder how many adopted children really were not orphans, but may have been kidnapped like Taj was before he was adopted by a family in the US. This “novel “ based on a true story also begs the question - are these children many times coming from poor families better off because they escaped a life of poverty and hunger - stealing fruit, rummaging through scraps of food in the garbage? Easy to say yes . Yet while living a comfortable life, [...]

    2. Chellamuthu has been through much in his eight years. His family poor, he is made to do things he would not normally do by a group of older boys, boys that tended to be the bullies of the small town where he lived in.He will be kidnapped off the street, taken to an orphanage, and eventually adopted into an American family. He would eventually forget his early years until he starts getting glimmers of his past when he attend school in England and boards with an Indian family.Stories based on true [...]

    3. Well, I cried. Can't I read a book without crying! It was a good cry at the end though. Chellamuthu (Taj Khyber Rowland) was kidnapped as a child in India, taken to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children and sold to people in America. The story starts out telling of Chellamuthu's life in India. The life he led with his family, the daily things he did, stealing and what not. He had a brother and a very kind mother, a father that was a drinker. He had friends. But one day when he was out with his [...]

    4. A remarkable story! My emotions were thrown all over the place while reading this book. I found it to be a very interesting story where I learned a lot about Indian culture and traditions, however I am saddened to think that this is actually based on a true story. I felt so much hope throughout the book - hope that things would "turn out" in the end. The entire premise of the story is such a tragic and upsetting situation that I had to take mini-breaks while reading to clear my mind. I found I d [...]

    5. "If a child is kidnapped from hell and carried to heaven, should we condemn the kidnapper?"Chellamuthu was a mischievous seven-year-old running free in Erode, the village where his humble home was located. Though poor and struggling, he had a loving family. That is until he was kidnapped and sold to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children, a Christian orphanage. Any atempt to communicate the fact that he was not an orphan fell on deaf ears. Eventually Chellamuthu is adopted by Fred and Linda Rowl [...]

    6. Erode, India, 1978. Mischievous, disheveled, seven year old Chellamuthu is living in abject poverty with his family. The Gounder family lives in a house built of poles, mud and thatch. Chellamuthu is a spirited child who is always getting into trouble and mixing with the wrong crowd. While his mother lovingly encourages him to be honest, his quick tempered father teaches him a lesson. Using a hot poker, he burns the tops of his son's feet.Told to wait outside a building by his father, Chellamuth [...]

    7. This story is a remarkable one and based on true events. It follows the life of Chellamuthu, an Indian boy who’s life changes in an instant when kidnapped at the age of 7, sent to an orphanage and sold to a couple in America who were told the boy was an orphan. The boy’s adoptive parents eventually find out he has a family back in India once Chellamuthu can speak enough English to tell them months later, but their attempts to track down his family prove futile. They rename Chellamuthu Taj an [...]

    8. I finally finished. :')No full review because this was something I had to read for school, but basically:- The writing style SUCKS. "She was more adorable than a kindergarten costume party." --> What even??- The pacing was also horrible. I mean, it's fine when the chapters are marked with "10 years later" or something but like?? One minute Priya and Taj had just met and then it's suddenly 2 YEARS LATER??- SO. LONG. AND. BORING. Like I get that you want to tell the whole story but omg it dragg [...]

    9. This story was similar to another nonfiction book I've recently read. That book was called, A Long Way Home. It was hard not to compare the stories. The first one was well written and I liked the people and how they were portrayed. I was completely pulled in to that story.However, this book was not that, .but I still liked this. The ending is what I anticipated the most. I think I needed Taj's younger self to be more developed. I was told what happened but I wasn't feeling it. So here he had dis [...]

    10. I always wonder where the reality ends the fiction begins with Camron Wrights books. Based on true life events this story as so many other stories prove again that truth is stranger than fiction. So what's special about this book? The Orphan Keeper is rich in detail and weighted in the souls deepest utterances. We see bits of ourselves in many of the characters. Which is why we can so deliberately come to love and care for these people so easily and earnestly. It is a beautiful symphony in human [...]

    11. The real reason I wanted to read this book so badly is that I stumbled upon LION, a movie based on the true story of a boy in India who finds himself far from home then further from home via adoption, and his quest to find his Indian family. I was fascinated and mesmerized by his account. The truth about children in India who become homeless or sold is horrific and not for the faint of heart. In fact, I just finished another book (I forgot which one) of a girl raised to be a prostitute and her e [...]

    12. The Orphan Keeper is a wonderful story about a young boy who is sold as an orphan, and then adopted into a well meaning and devoted family. The plot thickens quickly, as little Chellamuthu/Taj isn't actually an orphan, and has a biological family that he's torn away from. Camron Wright has written, really, two books here—the first half about Taj as a child, the second as an adult, in search of his "real" family. It's the latter half of The Orphan Keeper that was the most engaging, as the voice [...]

    13. So this story is amazing but the writing is disjointed, lacks real flow and depth. I felt like I was bouncing around and not getting a real good idea of who Taj was. It was like the author just wanted to finish the story and I wanted it to be over because the writing was terrible. He spent so much time with him in India and no time in America. Not great from the writing front.

    14. At the core of this novel is the abduction of a child. Though not a new story this is the heartfelt tale of displacement and the journey to find self. Immigration is a difficult challenge but shipment to America unwillingly as a child is another whole story. The parent figures in this novel feature prominently and in many aspects are heroes. Moving story of discovery.

    15. I struggled between two and three stars for this one. There were some writing-style issues that took me out of the storytelling. The lengthy beginning, while a beautiful description of India, was frustrating to me because at the halfway point Chellamuthu was still in India and I was ready to find out about the second part of his life. Then there's a ten year gap- but actually I really wanted to know what his life was like in that ten year gap (specifically his parents and his relationship to the [...]

    16. Absolutely incredible. I couldn't put it down and I'm sure it will continue to be in my thoughts for a long time yet. I don't want to say anymore. Just someone read this book soon so we can talk about it!

    17. It's been a while since I've read a "5 Star Worthy" book.This is one of the best books I've ever read in my life. It has suspense, humor, romance and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to walk away from a book feeling inspired to conquer anything in the world.

    18. InterestingThis was a good story. A journey, a full circle. It was full of the culture of India which is fascinating to me because it is so different than what I know. I didn't love this book as much as The Rent Collector, but I did enjoy it.

    19. One of the deciding factors that helped me enjoy this book even more was the audio narration performed by British actor, Simon Vance. His command of the Tamil pronunciations and cadence of the language was brilliant.More than a third of the book was set in India which I felt gave an honest portrayal of Chellamuthu’s daily life, surrounded by poverty, constant hunger, but also a loving mother, siblings and extended family who cared for each other. I appreciated learning more about the Hindu cul [...]

    20. The thing that definitely grabbed my attention when I first received an email about ‘The Orphan Keeper’, was the cover. The bright orange colors definitely made me want to read where this book was all about. And after I read the book description I just knew I wanted to read this book. Although I don’t read a lot of non-romance novels at the moment, this book based on true event really was one I needed to read.‘The Orphan Keeper’ is the story of Chellamuthu. The story begins when Chella [...]

    21. The Orphan Keeper offers the reader a fascinating story based on real life events, yet falls short in its execution. The source material possesses so much promise. A young Indian boy is kidnapped, sold to a Christian orphanage, and adopted by a couple from the United States. I was excited to read such an intriguing story, but was sorely disappointed by the clumsy writing.At its core, The Orphan Keeper is a journey toward identity and self discovery. However, the writer never dives deeply into th [...]

    22. I've been thinking about this book ever since I finished it this weekend (I've been listening to the audiobook and had to sit up late listening, because I just had to finish it): such a compelling, gripping story about finding one's place in the world and one's identity. I especially loved the main character's observations about food: that American food seems lonely and that Indian food dances with your tastebuds and invites friends. Also, the landlady back in his neighborhood in India says the [...]

    23. Remarkable story based on the real life of a young Indian boy, Chellamuthu, who was kidnapped, sent to an orphanage, then adopted by an American family. What happens when Chellamuthu, renamed Taj, sets out to find out who he is and if he still has a family waiting for him somewhere is deeply moving. I didn't want to put this book down!

    24. When I was a child, my dad worked as a social worker and attorney and facilitated adoptions from India and Guatemala to families in Utah. I wondered the whole book through if his agency was involved in this placement, but I've been told they were not. International adoptions have come such a long way since then. There are many safeguards in place to make sure that the children placed are actually orphans, and that kidnapping and child trafficking is not occurring (some still does of course). So [...]

    25. I think 3-4 stars. I really loved the first half of the story. The second half was just okay for me. I felt like there were too many unanswered questions. Like what happened to Eli when the orphanage was searched by police? What about the kids that he told to run away? What about the young man that took Taj in the first place? Why was Taj so upset with his adoptive parents? Why is the father in law not saying he knew when he saw the poster or did that even happen? I didn't know much of the story [...]

    26. 3.5 rounded upI feel somewhat conflicted about this book. I enjoyed reading it, but, for some reason, found the novelization difficult. I kept wanting it to be a memoir, perhaps it was the photo section at the end, but I often found myself wondering where fact stopped and fiction began.Taj (Chellamuthu) is moody often angry and defensive both as a child and as a man, perhaps with good reason, but this was sometimes wearing to read about. In the end though it is a fantastic story and worth readin [...]

    27. This is the 2nd Camron Wright novel I've read, and, as with the first, I wasn't a huge fan of his writing style, but he definitely has a talent for creating a page-turner. I really enjoyed the story, and for that I'll give it 4 stars. I wish there was more information at the end regarding which parts of the story we're fictionalized, and which were fact.

    28. Having seen the film" Lion" I wasn't really interested in reading this book but people kept telling me how very good it was. I am glad I finally picked it up because once I started I couldn't stop. What a poignant, sad but happy and satisfying story well told by Camron Wright.

    29. The story is told masterfully! The writing is so great! The perfect descriptions without getting too wordy and monotonous. I loved so much of this book, it would be difficult to put everything in this review. Just a must read for anyone and everyone!

    30. I consider a book good when I ignore everyone and everything and go hide in the bathroom so I can finish the book. I couldn't put this book down! What an amazing story!

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *