Number of pages: 48
Published on: 30th August, 2018
Published by: Bloomsbury publishing
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.
I think this book is and will be the one whose length is shorter than my review. The book was shorter than I had expected it to be. It took no more than 5 minutes to read it cover to cover.
It mainly expresses the feelings of a father as he looks at the face of his sleeping son. How the son would never get to know the innocuous things that the father himself did. How, the dangers and uncertainty is all the son will ever know while growing, if he will ever live to grow up.
The emotions shown in the book are pure. The simplicity with which the book is written surely touched my heart: many well written books consisting of 300 pages may fail to do so.
And the illustrations, they are simply beautiful! They are surely a treat to the eyes and the power of the book lies in them.
The book may not hold much of a literary value. All the text combined can be written in half a page. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth reading.
I’d say, you could read the book for it’s emotional value and the beautiful cover and illustrations.
My rating: 3/5 ⭐