Book Review: Sea Prayer by Khalid Hosseini
Khaled Hosseini is one of the most revered authors in the world. His most notable work was The Kite Runner published in 2003 through which he made a debut in the writing industry. The Kite Runner topped the chart of New York Times Best Seller list. His further works include A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountains Echoed. His all three novels proved bestsellers.
Sea Prayer is a fictional piece of literature that goes beyond than just a novel. It’s a short yet powerful attempt to highlight the current situation of refugees in Syria.
Sea Prayer is penned in the form of a letter from a father to his son when they are about to do a boat journey through the Mediterranean sea. The father explains how his beautiful homeland in Homs Syria gets devastated leaving him shattered and homeless. Being turned into a war zone, the father along with his son runs away from his place to the beach where they wait for the dawn to breakout, and so they can board a ship.
So what made Khaled Hosseini create such an unusual story? In September 2005, the beach of Turkey saw a dead body being washed to the shore. It was a dead body of the three-year-old Syrian boy named Alan Kurdi. Alan along with his father, mother and his elder brother was escaping from their place to Europe but the boat gets capsized engulfing all except his father into the sea. Later a journalist captured the photograph of Alan’s dead body that was carried to the shore and published it in magazines and newspapers. The photo went viral as it was heartbreaking to see a small child that has become the victim of the fallen society.
Khalid Hosseini’s Sea Prayer is a tribute to Alan’s innocence that unfortunately is doomed under futile aggression, violence and revenge.
|Book title||Sea Prayer|
|Published in/on||30 August 2018|
|No. of pages||48|