Thursday, January 03, 2019

Review- Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

Sea Prayer on Goodreads


The #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Kite RunnerA Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed responds to the heartbreak of the current refugee crisis with this deeply moving, beautifully illustrated short work of fiction for people of all ages, all over the world. 

A short, powerful, illustrated book written by beloved novelist Khaled Hosseini in response to the current refugee crisis, Sea Prayer is composed in the form of a letter, from a father to his son, on the eve of their journey. Watching over his sleeping son, the father reflects on the dangerous sea-crossing that lies before them. It is also a vivid portrait of their life in Homs, Syria, before the war, and of that city's swift transformation from a home into a deadly war zone. 

Impelled to write this story by the haunting image of young Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed upon the beach in Turkey in September 2015, Hosseini hopes to pay tribute to the millions of families, like Kurdi's, who have been splintered and forced from home by war and persecution, and he will donate author proceeds from this book to the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and The Khaled Hosseini Foundation to help fund lifesaving relief efforts to help refugees around the globe. 

Khaled Hosseini is one of the most widely read writers in the world, with more than fifty-five million copies of his novels sold worldwide in more than seventy countries. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the UNHCR, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

Release date: September 18th 2018
Published by: Riverhead Books
Page numbers: 48


Previously, I have read, devoured, admired and loved Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountains Echoed. There is something devastatingly magical and magically devastating about his books and if you have read them, you know exactly what I mean. 

When I first got to know about Sea Prayer, I instantly added it to my TBR without even bothering to find out what it's about. Just the name Khaled Hosseini is enough for me. For a book with very few words and stunning art, Sea Prayer is slightly overpriced but that price is really worth it because this book had me smiling with familiarly on page one and left me in tears by the time I reached the last page. 

An incredible  poem, Sea Prayer will make you feel, just like all of Hosseini's works. It will make you want to smile and cry at the same time because of how sad and beautiful it is. The illustrations by Dan Williams are wonderful and add depth and imagery to the prayer that the father of an innocent boy says for him. 

Knowing that a part of the money from this book is going straight to the Syrian fund is just a cherry on the cake. I would urge all of you to buy this book and just embrace its beauty. 

Buy the book: AMAZON

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