Sea Prayer Hardcover – 30 Aug. 2018
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Dan Williams's watercolours are a haunting companion to the contemplative and poetic story . Opens up many powerful emotions about family, survival and childhood (Observer)
The book may be brief, but it is beautiful, poetic - a distillation of his strengths (Sunday Times)
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However Sea Prayer is not this and i feel could have been a prelude to one of his heartfelt books.
I totally agree with the sentiment and meaning behind the prayer but I feel it should have been made more apparent of its content
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Sea Prayer brings out the distress that refugees are subjected to. So many readers felt that the book isn't long enough, but I feel that the author has highlighted his message and conveyed it in a manner which doesn't need a thousand words, the ones used are just enough to touch you and leave an impact. The words will touch you, break you and affect you in every possible way. It is not a fiction, but a harsh reality of millions of innocent refugees.
At the heart of it, Hosseini's latest tribute to Syrian families is more than an just another novel. A heartbreaking and heartwarming tale of poignant reminiscence that a father relays to his son while on his journey away from his war-torn country, his home. With just handful of words, Hosseini makes a brilliant attempt at melting the coldest of hearts; something most gigantic novels fail at.
Read it for the sheer brilliance of the expression of his thoughts, in fewer words and sketches that will last forever in your memories.
You could probably walk into a store and read this book in 3 minutes flat. The poetry didn’t ring a bell so I don’t like this book at all. 👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼
Or so chooses the English Dictionary to describe the 3 year old Alan Kurdy and thousands like him who seek the safer confines of this world in light of the madness called War.
Sea Prayer reveals the abyss humanity is dissolving into.
My one year old sleeps nestled in my arms when there are thousands who are displaced and dissolved with no hopes of redemption.
Societies in droves are reduced to prayers out of their hopelessness.
Lives and memories are erased without an iota of mercy.
Sea Prayer is an eye opener for those of us who have chosen to distance ourselves from the harshness of it all.
The narrative drives a nail straight through the heart as the father narrates the almost ‘’fairy tale’’ like backdrop his city used to be. A memory which will never serve his son.
Sea Prayer brings to life the tragedy of little children having to face death and destruction, yet find solace amongst such ruins.
The vulnerability felt by the refugees as they are turned down by many so called “Super Powers’’ makes one squirm.
Sea Prayer leaves you with a twinge of shame of having browsed through zillions of such morning news without a care, impatient to get onto the sports page.
It leaves you wondering where we humans left our ‘’humanity’’ in the scheme of things.
It leaves you wondering on how abysmally we as a society failed to protect Alan and such alike.
It leaves you wondering that if it could happen to Syria, it could happen to any country.
It leaves you with a prayer for the thousands who perished at Sea, those of no fixed address.
This is a short war story and in the form of a letter by a father to his son on the eve of their journey fleeing from war-ridden Syria and a prayer to the sea for the safety of his son in this journey.
We all remember the harrowing image of Alan Kurdi, the 3 year old Syrian boy whose body washed upon a beach in Turkey in Sept '15 after drowning in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach safety in Europe. This book is a tribute to millions of families like his.
It reads like spoken word poetry. The story, heartwarming. His writing style, elegant as always. It reminds us of the perils refugees face while leaving their country, a place they've called home their entire life; how unwelcome they are in other countries; how they are asked to take their misfortune elsewhere. The story starts with the father describing his childhood in Syria and its beauty with its mosques, souks and crowded lanes in contrary to what his son got to witness which is only death, air filled with dust from exploding bombs and families praying for survival. The gorgeous illustrations change as the story develops from displaying green fields & busy lanes to protests, siege and war. Hosseini is one author who can make you feel empathy like no one else
This is a prayer from a father desperate to save his son from the destruction of what had been once his own childhood, a beautiful place that now lies in ruin.
It’s a prayer that most chose not to hear; it’s a prayer most of us also chose to ignore but most of all it’s a prayer that no parent should ever have to say.
The cost is marginally on the higher side but definitely worth a thousand reads
The book is a letter written by a father to his son in poetry form. It is inspired mainly by the powerful image of Alan Kurdi who was found on the shores dead when his family were trying to cross the border via sea.
What moved me about this book were the simple yet powerful words that Khaled described the entire ordeal. A country with lush green plains and with ordinary hustle bustle is now converted to a battleground. Children born in these years are subjected to the sounds of bombings, hungers and terror everyday.
What made me unhappy about this book was the hype that it generated and which apparently died down since it was not a full fledged novel. The images were quite powerful and does bring tears to your eyes as you keep reading the poem and put yourself in shoes of the refugees who are only looking for a better life.
The letter begins by giving the beautiful description of the city, its lively markets, its religious places etc. Later, it speaks about the transition that the happy city went through after the war.
The pictures of the book are so beautiful and seeing them along with the words just hit my heart. This book in minimum words describes a pain of every refugee who has undergone this heart breaking journey.