Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

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 response to the current refugee crisis, Sea Prayer is composed in the form of a...

Details Sea Prayer

TitleSea Prayer
Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherRiverhead Books
GenreFiction, Short Stories, Historical, Historical Fiction, Adult, Contemporary, Poetry, Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, Childrens, Picture Books, Adult Fiction

Reviews Sea Prayer

  • 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 on...
  • Erica
    Left heartbroken after seeing the photo of toddler Alan Kurdi's body lying face-down on a Turkish beach, Hosseini sought to express his feelings, as a father, regarding families of refugees enduring physical and emotional loss to reach a potential safe harbor. Sea Prayer is Hosseini's tribute to refugees who have lost their lives and to those who have continued their journey after losing everything else. This short essay, written in the form of a...
  • Marcella
    "And I said to you, Hold my hand.Nothing bad will happen."Khaled Hosseini was inspired to write the short story Sea Prayer after Alan Kurdi, the three year old Syrian Refugee drowned trying to reach safety. In the year after Alan's death 4176 others went missing or have died attempting similar journeys.The author proceeds from this book will be donated to the UN Refugee Agency and The Khaled Hosseini Foundation. For that reason I really wanted to...
  • Nabilah Firdaus
    A powerful illustrated piece written by Khaled Hosseini in response to the current refugee crisis. The writing was inspired by the story of Alan Kurdi, the three year old Syrian refugee who drowned in the sea trying to reach safety in Europe in 2015. Beautiful and heartbreaking.
  • Jay
    Sea prayer was a meaningful book and I enjoyed every word of it despite its length. It follows the story of a father who's three-year old son will go on a boat the next day to escape the war in Syria, however the journey is dangerous and the father is uncertain of whether his son will make it or not. Hence the name Sea prayer, he prays the sea will not hurt his son. As his son sleeps he describes how their home town changed because of war and how...
  • Karly
    If anyone needs a good this. In less than 30 pages, Khaled Hosseini transports you to war-torn Syria and breaks your heart depicting the how much this country has changed. This book is told from a father’s point of view, telling his son how beautiful their country used to be. The father knows that his son would not remember this and only knows about hiding, praying and looking for shelter. This father and son are now waiting on the b...
  • Monique
    Ieder woord in dit boek doet pijn. Het einde nog het meeste. Omdat we dat einde allemaal nog op ons netvlies hebben staan...
  • Felicia
    Had the privilege of reading an ARC and will definitely purchase a copy of this book when it is published. A tribute to the millions of displaced families who are forced to brave the sea due to the Syrian war, this illustrated short piece of writing is heart-breaking in its message and makes an important point about the plight of refugee families. Composed as a letter from a parent to a child as they are forced to flee, the writing is deeply is p...
  • Emily
    What a beautiful little book. I sobbed through it. The watercolors are remarkable.
  • Jenks
    Heartbreaking.This is a short but incredibly deeply moving book. The illustrations were apt for the letter they felt like you couldn’t quite pin the art on the page as if any moment they would wash away .I think to come up with a piece of work like this in such an unassuming way is a bold and beautiful thing to do.A must read and a must buy.
  • Carol
    The dedication: "This book is dedicated to the thousands of refugees who have perished at sea fleeing war and persecution."That is what this short book is about. A letter written from a father to his son the night before they leave on a boat. The sadness of being a parent with children and also a refugee. The author wrote this in response to seeing a photo of Alan Kurdi's body being lifted from the sea. The illustrations in this book are fantasti...
  • Samantha Stroombergen
    Verwacht geen novelle, maar een ervaring. Hosseini en Williams reiken naar je hand en voeren je mee in wat als een herinnering voelt. De woorden van Hosseini zijn trefzeker: hij heeft geen letter te veel of te weinig geplaatst. De prachtige illustraties van Williams dragen echt mee aan de beleving. Sommige pagina’s bestaan alleen uit de kunstwerkjes, die ook zonder tekst echt een verhaal vertellen. Je wordt er een beetje stil van, vooral omdat ...
  • Bazla Sumbul
    It is short but powerful. The images are blurry but deep. It is a father's monologue of how he cajoles his son while he takes him on a perilous journey. It's based on Alan Kurdi so we know what the end wil be. But the message it evoke is powerful. In few words the author tells the plight of the refugees and the intensity of the war.
  • Manan Sheel
    Words are chosen carefullyby the author,to ensure thatthis book is writtenfrom the blood,not merely from mind...It is subtle,powerful andbeautiful...
  • Amogha
    ‘Because you,you are precious cargo, Marwan,the most precious cargo there ever was.I pray the sea knows this.Inshallah.’Everything I have to say about this book feels like a drill. I have to say it’s powerful. I have to say its illustrations are bright and striking. This whole book feels like a drill. There’s something amiss.There is no yearning in his description of life before the war. There is no devastation in his description of life ...
  • Claire
    A heart wrenching letter from a father to his son on the eve of a boat trip to flee their war torn homeland, inspired by the death of three year old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach safety in Europe in September 2015.It speaks of a parents hopes and wishes, and also their fears when faced with such a journey. A true must read. If ever there was a book to accompany a word in the dictionary, a picture o...
  • Chris
    There are a lot of negative comments about this book, most that it is too short and not worth the purchase price. I have to agree that it is very short but that doesn't detract from the message, one of fear, yet hope, in the face of possible disaster when they board the ship, a father can only hope and pray that "God" will realise that Marwan, his son is the most precious cargo there ever was and keep them safe.
  • Engel Dreizehn
    ARC Copy...short but emotional with very poetic language narrative on the feelings endured by people fleeing for safety with the unknown perils of the seaward journey with only a prayer. The water colour illustration really help drive the words through from the serene feel of the peaceful times to the bold and black shades of the dark times.
  • Jasper Sendler
    For a great cause so no grumbling. Beautiful illustrations. It’s not a novel, which is what I am waiting for from Hosseini. Read in less than 5 minutes- so don’t expect too much in terms of plot etc- but it’s not supposed to be that in fairness. About a very sad topic and like I said to raise money for charity- good on you Khaled.
  • Ruth Ross
    Am I the only one who was disappointed that this wasn't a riveting novel like his other books, but merely a very short story, and even then it was ok. Not only that when I downloaded it onto my kindle the font was so small I could hardly see it and wouldn't enlarge. Wished I paid $10.84 NZ on a different book.
  • Lauren
    I’ve been waiting for a new Khaled Hosseini book for so long, that I wish this book were longer!However, “Sea Prayer” is written just as beautifully as Hosseini’s other longer books and I loved all of the illustrations paired with the story.