A Long Way Home


Saroo Brierley

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Julie Character Analysis

Julie is Mum’s mother; she and her family were Hungarian and fled the Nazis during World War Two. She married Josef at age nineteen, and they moved to Australia not long after. She had three children and was terrified of her husband, who was violent and at one point threatened to kill her.

Julie Quotes in A Long Way Home

The A Long Way Home quotes below are all either spoken by Julie or refer to Julie. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of A Long Way Home published in 2013.
6. My Mum's Journey Quotes

Because of all she'd been through growing up, Mum had decided that there was nothing sacrosanct about families formed only by birth parents.

Related Characters: Saroo Brierley (speaker), Mum / Sue Brierley, Josef, Julie
Page Number: 130
Explanation and Analysis:
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Julie Character Timeline in A Long Way Home

The timeline below shows where the character Julie appears in A Long Way Home. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
6. My Mum's Journey
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...Tasmania to central European immigrants, both of whom emigrated after World War II. Mum’s mother, Julie, was born in Hungary to a very large family. Julie’s father left for Canada and... (full context)
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...in WWII, but the experience disturbed him. He eventually fled to Germany, where he met Julie. They married and had a baby by the end of the war. When they decided... (full context)
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...got a job as a pharmacy assistant in Burnie. She loved her independence and paid Julie for her board, while the rest of her paycheck went towards assembling a hope chest.... (full context)
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...psychiatric prison. He borrowed money from a loan shark, who promptly took everything from Josef. Julie left Josef a year later, even though he threatened to kill her. Eventually, she came... (full context)