SEA PRAYER: A Book Review

Annika Perry

On 2nd September 2015 an image flashed around the world that saddened and horrified us all. A young boy, later identified as Alan Kurdi, lay motionless on a pristine beach in Turkey, the dawn sun glowing around him. He was dead. During his three young years he knew only war in Syria; a war his parents fled to find safety. The photo of Alan touched everyone and inspired, nay, I would say, drove one famous writer to pen a short book, Sea Prayer.

Within Khaled Hosseini’s Sea Prayer the words and illustrations are intrinsically linked, creating a wondrous work of art.

The first page starts as a letter (quasi-eulogy) to the narrator’s son, Marwan, and it recalls the beauty of life in Homs. The father describes his childhood when he had woken “to the stirrings of olive trees in the breeze/to the bleating of your grandmother’s goat”.

Tender, colourful…

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5 thoughts on “SEA PRAYER: A Book Review

  1. I’m a Khaled Hosseini fan and purchased a hard cover copy of Sea Prayer to call my own. Poignant and powerful, its poetic message is universal and the watercolor illustrations are wonderful! Annika’s review is perfect! ❤ Sharing… xo

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