Good morning my loves!
Today’s post is going to be a quick review of a very quick but incredibly moving book, and that is Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini. After reading some of Hosseini’s other works, when I heard about this one, I knew that I had to get it for myself. A wonderfully short book at just 48 pages long, with words sparsely spread across the gorgeous illustrations.
On a moonlit beach a father cradles his sleeping son as they wait for dawn to break and a boat to arrive. He speaks to his boy of the long summers of his childhood, recalling his grandfather’s house in Syria, the stirring of olive trees in the breeze, the bleating of his grandmother’s goat, the clanking of her cooking pots. And he remembers, too, the bustling city of Homs with its crowded lanes, its mosque and grand souk, in the days before the sky spat bombs and they had to flee. When the sun rises they and those around them will gather their possessions and embark on a perilous sea journey in search of a new home.
Firstly I have to say that the illustrations in this book are just stunning, done by London-based illustrator Dan Williams, who’s work also featured alongside Hosseini’s seminal work, A Thousand Splendid Suns, when it appeared in The Guardian 15 years ago.
It is one of my favourite things in literature, it is a story written in verse. A verse so powerful it takes so few words to deliver a deeply impactful message. 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 country. And while the book wasn’t at all cheap, it was completely worth it, as all of the proceeds from the book will be given to the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and The Khaled Hosseini Foundation to help fund lifesaving relief efforts to help refugees around the globe. A small way that, while doing the thing we love, we can help those who are far less fortunate than ourselves.
I really don’t want to say much more than that, other than I encourage you all to get your hands on a copy. The deeply profound book will certainly stay with me for a very, very long time.
Have you read Sea Prayer? Is it on your TBR? Let me know in the comments below!
Peace and pages