Sea Prayer

Sea Prayer

The #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Kite Runner, A 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 resp...

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Title:Sea Prayer
Author:Khaled Hosseini
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Sea Prayer Reviews

  • Cheri

    Khaled Hosseini, author of

    and

    has combined his writing skills with the artistic skills of Dan Williams, illustrator, for this epistolary poem, from father to son upon the journey which they are about to embark.

    As this is a letter from a father to son to young to have his own memories, the content is meant for, and appropria

    Khaled Hosseini, author of

    and

    has combined his writing skills with the artistic skills of Dan Williams, illustrator, for this epistolary poem, from father to son upon the journey which they are about to embark.

    As this is a letter from a father to son to young to have his own memories, the content is meant for, and appropriate for, all ages. It is short, at 48 pages, with some of those having perhaps one line, or none – but every page is filled with beauty, regardless.

    A reflection on better times, something we can all relate to be guilty of now and then, he shows his son through his stories the beauty of the life and the country which they are about to leave. These reflections offer soothing memories on the precipice of this dangerous journey.

    Hosseini’s author proceeds from this book will be donated to the UNHCR (

    ), the UN Refugee Agency, and to The Khaled Hosseini Foundation to help fund life-saving relief efforts to help refugees around the globe.

    And, like all of his other books, this is heartbreakingly lovely.

  • Kelly Hager

    I'm really not sure how to describe this book. It's a letter from a father to his son, the night before they leave their war-torn country for a safer place. It's not great and the father is terrified because it involves a great deal of danger (especially for the portion of the trip that's by boat). You can feel his fear and at the same time his knowledge that there's no real good choice. Leaving is dangerous and there's a very real chance that one or all of them will die. But staying isn't a goo

    I'm really not sure how to describe this book. It's a letter from a father to his son, the night before they leave their war-torn country for a safer place. It's not great and the father is terrified because it involves a great deal of danger (especially for the portion of the trip that's by boat). You can feel his fear and at the same time his knowledge that there's no real good choice. Leaving is dangerous and there's a very real chance that one or all of them will die. But staying isn't a good option, either. If you stay, you'll almost definitely die. There aren't any safe choices.

    There are pictures throughout the book, these gorgeous sketches, and they absolutely broke my heart. It's almost excruciating to read the few lines of text and look at the pictures. And there's no resolution, because it's the night before they leave. 

    I think it's impossible to read this and not feel so much compassion for refugees. (But, of course, the people who need to find their compassion are the same people who would never read this book.)

    Highly recommended.

  • Larry H

    Khaled Hosseini's

    isn't a book—it's a poem. But it's more than a poem—it is, in essence, a letter written from father to son, a prayer lifted up on the eve of a journey away from their war-torn country, a journey which could prove tremendously dangerous.

    In less than 50 pages, Hosseini's words and the beautiful illustrations break your heart. This was inspired by the story of Alan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian boy believed to have drowned during his family's attempts to flee their c

    Khaled Hosseini's

    isn't a book—it's a poem. But it's more than a poem—it is, in essence, a letter written from father to son, a prayer lifted up on the eve of a journey away from their war-torn country, a journey which could prove tremendously dangerous.

    In less than 50 pages, Hosseini's words and the beautiful illustrations break your heart. This was inspired by the story of Alan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian boy believed to have drowned during his family's attempts to flee their country, but it could be anyone's story. The remembrances of better times, reflections of a country once utterly beautiful but now devastated by war and the resulting effects, words that a young boy might not understand now but might grow to appreciate later.

    I read this in just a few minutes and it punched a hole in my heart. We often don't take the time to think of what families must go through when they leave their homes which are welcoming no more. We don't think about their fears, their memories which make them reluctant to leave, the dangers they face along the way.

    Hosseini, author of

    and

    , will donate his 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.

    is short and powerful, and once it is read it will not cease to be felt or forgotten. Thank you, Khaled Hosseini, for reminding us of the emotional and physical costs of immigration.

    See all of my reviews at

    , or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at

    .

  • Linda

    Wave after wave......

    From calm seas of memories to the over-powering turbulence of the present, Khaled Hosseini presents a story drifting from father to son in the form of a tragic letter. From the shores of chaos come words that touch the lips and soften the heart in slow steady beats.

    What was is no longer and what will be is only for fate to decide.

    Hosseini's father figure grasps the small hand of his son and tries to paint within him a canvas of what life was like in his grandfather's house

    Wave after wave......

    From calm seas of memories to the over-powering turbulence of the present, Khaled Hosseini presents a story drifting from father to son in the form of a tragic letter. From the shores of chaos come words that touch the lips and soften the heart in slow steady beats.

    What was is no longer and what will be is only for fate to decide.

    Hosseini's father figure grasps the small hand of his son and tries to paint within him a canvas of what life was like in his grandfather's house in Syria so long ago. Time and place belonged to this family and it was solely theirs. But now, memories serve only as a conduit to the treasured people and daily events that have been savagely torn away by the bombing and the senseless war.

    Sea Prayer is so very brief in its size, but its impact is profound. The watercolor illustrations seem to glide from one page to the next. The hues call out for simple compassion. And those words, those words will take residence in your heart. How can we not listen and take heed? How can we not?

  • Diane S ☔

    I read this short offering by Hosseini, an author I very much admire, in a matter of minutes. In the title is the word prayer, and it is a prayer to a child, a people, young people who will never know the country of their birth, Syria, without bombs, towns in ruins and starvation. Not the vibrant place it had been. A prayer to all people for compassion, understanding, for a little hope for the refugees fleeing for their life. The illustrations are beautifully wrought, from color to black and whi

    I read this short offering by Hosseini, an author I very much admire, in a matter of minutes. In the title is the word prayer, and it is a prayer to a child, a people, young people who will never know the country of their birth, Syria, without bombs, towns in ruins and starvation. Not the vibrant place it had been. A prayer to all people for compassion, understanding, for a little hope for the refugees fleeing for their life. The illustrations are beautifully wrought, from color to black and white. It is indeed a homage to the many who have lost their lives to the sea, fleeing a worn torn country. Among the 4, 176 who died or went missing attempting this journey, was a three year old named Alan Kurdi, and Hosseini wrote this short, beautiful piece for them. Heartbreakng.

  • Seemita

    For long now, Khaled Hosseini has cemented his position as an author who imparts a subtle yet searing voice to the victims of war, riots and displacement, especially in the Islamic countries. We have clutched our hearts and have sobbed silent tears at his Hassan’s redemption and Mariam’s journey. And Sea Prayer, at its core, harbors a similar cry for life.

    A father with his young son, Marwan pressed to his chest, is awaiting a sh

    For long now, Khaled Hosseini has cemented his position as an author who imparts a subtle yet searing voice to the victims of war, riots and displacement, especially in the Islamic countries. We have clutched our hearts and have sobbed silent tears at his Hassan’s redemption and Mariam’s journey. And Sea Prayer, at its core, harbors a similar cry for life.

    A father with his young son, Marwan pressed to his chest, is awaiting a ship that shall take them away from home. Because their home, Syria, has been bombed and violated beyond dignity, the residents must abandon it for dear life. Under the dark clouds of the night, the father casts a nostalgic eye on the glorious days gone by at Homs and prays to instill hope in his young son’s heart, and within himself, despite the circumstances otherwise. The vicious sea finally takes them into its lap and at some long, charcoal horizon, they become one.

    Hossieni was inspired to pen ‘Sea Prayer’ when the image of a 3-year old Syrian child, Alan Kurdi, washed ashore in Turkey in 2015, splashed across the media. He didn’t make it. And in this poignant account, Hosseini brings to fore, in restrained luminosity, the plights of parents under such calamitous skies.

    The appeal of Sea Prayer grows manifold with the marvelous illustrations of Dan Williams. The water-colors capture the spirit of the story in their dainty strokes, blurred outlines and eclectic colors fading into monochromes towards the climax; like life coming to a standstill after wobbling on the pulsing veins of promise.

    This is a Hosseini we have never read, and yet, this is, after all, the only Hosseini we know of.

  • Lola

    This is a very short book—a picture book, really—but because of the subject matter, it feels almost heavy in my hands right now. My eyes also understand that this is no bedtime story.

    It isn’t the most original piece ever written, but do we really need ‘‘originality’’ when we’re talking about war, chaos and death, or do we need affective? Emotional. Realistic. Vivid. A piece that we understand and that gently awakens our ability to show compassion.

    I am slightly ashamed to say that the only other

    This is a very short book—a picture book, really—but because of the subject matter, it feels almost heavy in my hands right now. My eyes also understand that this is no bedtime story.

    It isn’t the most original piece ever written, but do we really need ‘‘originality’’ when we’re talking about war, chaos and death, or do we need affective? Emotional. Realistic. Vivid. A piece that we understand and that gently awakens our ability to show compassion.

    I am slightly ashamed to say that the only other book I read from this author was his graphic novel adaptation of The Kite Runner. I am deeply moved by his writing and yet haven’t experienced the prose in his novels? Shame on me. But this is a poetic work, and a well-written one at that, so I would not recommend reading it before going to, say, a birthday party. I can’t exactly conjure a smile at the moment.

    This beautiful poem about the refugee crisis reminded me of a time, I believe three years ago, when I was asked by someone what my opinion was on the people taking refuge in Canada. Because I knew nothing about the topic and the refugees themselves, I said I didn’t have an opinion. Boy do I wish I could take that back now. Go back in time. Bring this book with me. Point and explain. Share and encourage participation in the discussion.

    But it’s never too late to learn and open one’s mind. The author is right: If everyone knew what refugees go through in detail, no one would dare say they should go back to where they came from unless, you know, they're not human.

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  • Elizabeth Sagan

    Original: 3 stars.

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    I think I could read it while holding my breath.

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    WHAT IS THIS, A STORY FOR ANTS?

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    VERY, VERY, VERY SHORT.

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    And overpriced. You can find it on Youtube.

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    I love you, KH, but why am I feeling scammed?

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    I will still buy your books tho. But I will CHECK THE NUMBER OF PAGES.

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    EDIT 1, 2 stars. It could have been so much more, while still being a short thing (not that short tho). 2 stars for the message and for the theme and for the cute poem... but otherwise... it was... a waste... of mon

    Original: 3 stars.

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    I think I could read it while holding my breath.

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    WHAT IS THIS, A STORY FOR ANTS?

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    VERY, VERY, VERY SHORT.

    *

    And overpriced. You can find it on Youtube.

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    I love you, KH, but why am I feeling scammed?

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    I will still buy your books tho. But I will CHECK THE NUMBER OF PAGES.

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    EDIT 1, 2 stars. It could have been so much more, while still being a short thing (not that short tho). 2 stars for the message and for the theme and for the cute poem... but otherwise... it was... a waste... of money. Sorry.

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    EDIT 2, 1 star. No, actually I'm not OK. Give me something that's worth 10$...

  • Creta

    YASSSSSSSSHHHH FINALLY. A NEW FREAKIN’ BOOK.

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