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Sea Prayer

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  21,143 ratings  ·  2,642 reviews
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, bef ...more
Kindle Edition, 48 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Riverhead Books (first published August 30th 2018)
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Lindsey Expensive, yes. Greed, no. Author proceeds are going to UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and his own charitable foundation, The Khaled Hosseini…moreExpensive, yes. Greed, no. Author proceeds are going to UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and his own charitable foundation, The Khaled Hosseini Foundation to help refugees around the globe.(less)
Sarah Bates This book is a fundraiser that lets all of us contribute to helping make the lives of displaced people in the Middle East more comfortable...if only…moreThis book is a fundraiser that lets all of us contribute to helping make the lives of displaced people in the Middle East more comfortable...if only for a moment. (less)

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Larry H
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Khaled Hosseini's Sea Prayer 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
Kelly Hager
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Diane S ☔
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
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 ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sea Prayer is a beautifully illustrated short story (very short), where a father reminisces with his sleeping son in his arms. They are refugees waiting for the next stage of their journey. The father recalls how he and his brothers enjoyed their summers at their grandfather’s farm, knowing that his son won’t be able to share this same experience. They are fleeing from Syria, but, it could be any one of several countries.

There are many reasons that people seek refuge in countries other than thei
Dana Ilie
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm speechless and crying. With a few words and some illustrations this guy told the world all that is to tell
Elizabeth Sagan
Sep 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Original: 3 stars.
I think I could read it while holding my breath.
And overpriced. You can find it on Youtube.
I love you, KH, but why am I feeling scammed?
I will still buy your books tho. But I will CHECK THE NUMBER OF PAGES.
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
”This book is dedicated
to the thousands of refugees
who have perished at sea
fleeing war and persecution.”

Khaled Hosseini, author of ’The Kite Runner,’ A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed 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
Feb 21, 2018 marked it as to-read
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2018
Even amongst the bombs, starvation, and burials, hope never dies. Witness here a father’s prayer that his son shall know safety, security, and home as a place of happiness. A short read that is poignant and powerful.
Mutasim Billah
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sea Prayer is like that rare songbird singing on a winter morning, only to fly away in a moment. Inspired by the haunting image of young Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed up on the beach in Turkey in September 2015, it is a touching tribute to the families of the refugees who've lost everything but their memories of wartime.

Alan Kurdi, another life lost at sea.

Its only flaw, though, is its incredibly short length. Written in the form of a touching letter from a refugee
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Only a talent like Hosseini could conjure such poignancy and pain in a few scant pages. Beautiful in the telling, magnificent in its illustrated execution; a reminder that there are so many who will risk everything for refuge. Thank you, Mr. Hosseini.
Maria Espadinha
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SOS Mundo

Quando um cadáver dum menino de 3 anos, assoma à costa da Turquia, é legítimo interrogarmo-nos sobre as causas de tão chocante acontecimento!
Porém, assim que nos inteiramos da nacionalidade da criança em referência, vemos dissipados todos os eventuais comos e porquês!

Alan K, pertencia a uma família síria, incluída no grupo de desesperados que fogem à guerra fazendo-se ao mar, levando consigo apenas um desejo — permanecer no Mundo dos Vivos.
Ao pequeno Alan, tal desejo não foi concedido!.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short, but impactful read, Sea Prayer is a letter from a father to his son, reflecting on their life up until this point, and the potential hazards as they travel across the sea. You can feel the father’s love for his son, and also sympathize with the dread he must feel as they prepare for the risks that lie ahead, in an effort to escape danger and turmoil, to seek a better life.

Sea Prayer was a very quick read but one I really enjoyed. The illustrations were great as well, with the colors ch
Cindy Pham
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Short and poignant with beautiful illustrations. I wish it was longer.
“The skies spitting bombs.
These are the things you know.”

You do realise, that if these are things you don't know first-hand, you're just lucky, don't you? I sure do!

This is a most moving tribute to the countless, unlucky people displaced by war – which is a polite way of saying to those whose homes and towns have been bombed to smithereens so they have nowhere safe to live.

"I have heard it said we are the uninvited./ We are the unwelcome./ We should take our misfortune else
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: syria, war, family, graphic, asia, toi
[Originally appeared here:]

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
Tukunjil Nayeera
This short yet very powerful book left me with a broken heart.

In September 2015 a photograph made global headlines which was taken by Nilüfer Demir, a Turkish photojournalist, and photographer based in Bodrum, Turkey. The photograph was of a young boy on a beach, fully clothed but lying face-down at the water's edge, like an exhausted toddler who had awkwardly fallen asleep. The young boy named Alan Kurdi, three-year-old Syrian refugee became a symbol of the plight of so many others fleeing conf
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 fictitious letter from a refugee father to his sl ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Impactful, evocative, and profoundly moving!

Sea Prayer is an intense, beautifully depicted story that highlights the plight of thousands around the world who are forced to leave their homes and embark on a perilous journey to find safety and freedom for themselves and their families.

The prose is lyrical and fluid. The narration is unique and powerful and told entirely through a heartfelt letter written by a father to his young son. And the illustrations are a perfect complement to the compelling
Stephanie Anze
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fiction
"I have heard it said we are the uninvited.
We are the unwelcome.
We should take our misfortunes elsewhere."

'Sea Prayer' is a letter a father writes to his son. They are fleeing their home country because life there is not safe anymore. They are seeking asylum and risk everything by boarding a boat that may lead them to a better life. At least, that is what they hope. He can offer no gurantees. He can only pray.

Khaled Hosseini first captured my heart with 'The Kite Runner' and since then I have
Farah Shamma
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Because all I can think tonight is how deep the sea, and how vast, how indifferent. How powerless I am to protect you from it.”
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, well spent three minutes.
Sam Quixote
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Khaled Hosseini was inspired to write Sea Prayer after seeing the photo of the corpse of 3 year old Alan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach in September 2015; he was one of thousands of refugees who died fleeing the war in Syria.

Sea Prayer is a short all-ages book which takes the form of a father writing a letter to his son describing idyllic life in Homs, Syria, before the conflict and then the nightmare it became after.

I’m sure nobody reading this will interpret my low rating in this way but
Monika Singh
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When each word reeks of powerlessness, an absence of hope and a desire to protect, you know what a harrowing read it can be.
David Schaafsma

"But that life, that time, seems like a dream now.”

Hosseini, an international literary sensation with over 55 million books sold, uses this book to mark the one year anniversary of the death of the 3-year Syrian boy whose body washed up on the shores of Turkey, and to also dedicate it to “the thousands of refugees who have perished at sea fleeing war and persecution."

A short, all-ages picture book, it is the story of a father and his son who, facing “the sky spitting bombs,” become refugees, rea
Maria Espadinha
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Let’s Help Them

Alan Kurdi, a three years old Syrian refugee was drowned in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach safety in Europe in 2015.
In the year after Alan’s death, 4176 others died or went missing attempting the same journey.

The moment Hosseini knew about it, he sent an SOS to World -- he wrote a bunch of simple heartfelt words, turned into pictures by the hand of Dan Williams, and that was it!

Now it’s up to us:
The moment we buy a copy of this book, we are helping those syrian refuge
Colleen Fauchelle
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books
This book came into work and I read it and then we were in Sydney last week and I got my husband to read it in a shop. I know, naughty but I will buy it as some stage.
We are days away from welcoming our second grandchild into this world and as grandparents we want the very best for him, healthy, safe and happy and in New Zealand he will have that.
But this book shows in places arround the world where there is war and upheavle that not all babies and children will have a safe free upbringing. Thi
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The gravity of the subject outweighs the slightness of this book; kudos to Hosseini for writing this even if it's a short war story.
A subtle yet searing voice that captures the entire refugee culture in the form of a letter written by a father to his dear son.
Those watercolor illustrations beautifully add hues to the blues.
Worth spending 2-3 minutes of your life!
PS: Obviously, it'd have been more amazing if it'd have been longer.
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Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. In 1970 Hosseini and his family moved to Iran where his father worked for the Embassy of Afghanistan in Tehran. In 1973 Hosseini's family returned to Kabul, and Hosseini's youngest brother was born in July of that year.
In 1976, when Hosseini was 11 years old, Hosseini's father obtained a job in Paris, France, and moved the family there. They were u
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“I have heard it said we are the uninvited.
We are the unwelcome.
We should take our misfortune elsewhere.
But I hear your mother's voice,
over the tide.
and she whispers in my ear,
"Oh, but if they saw, my darling.
Even half of what you have.
If only they saw.
They would say kinder things, surely.”
“My dear Martin, in the long summer of childhood, when I was a boy the age you are now, your uncles and I spread our mattress on the roof of your grandfather’s farmhouse outside of Homs.” 1 likes
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