A short, powerful, illustrated book written by 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. 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.
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication date: September 18th 2018
I have tried to read every book by this author before and never liked or understood them so I tried this one with some trepidation. I only picked it up because I’d heard so many good things about it that I was determined to try him another time to see why people loved him so much. Well, I’m pleased to say that I finally found the book by this author that I really enjoyed. I think he writes this type of book way better than his novels. It was easy to understand and see what the story was trying to depict. Maybe the problem for me with his other books is that due to his intricately woven description I need the visual to go with it to see what he’s getting at.
The story in Sea Prayer is very powerful and relevant to today’s world as it deals with refugees and the struggles they face when fleeing from their home to a safer place. I sometimes felt that those pages that just had pictures on them were even more powerful than those with text. Well worth the read.
Recommend for: Adults