Sea prayer / Khaled Hosseini ; illustrated by Dan Williams.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: 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, before the war, and of that city's swift transformation from a home into a deadly war zone.
    • ISBN:
      9780525539094
      0525539093
      9780525539100
      0525539107
    • Accession Number:
      2018022980
    • Accession Number:
      on1039441769
      1039441769
    • Accession Number:
      fay.580383
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      HOSSEINI, K. Sea prayer. [s.l.] : Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin House LLC, 2018. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 27 maio. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Hosseini K. Sea Prayer. Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin House LLC; 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.580383. Accessed May 27, 2019.
    • APA:
      Hosseini, K. (2018). Sea prayer. Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin House LLC. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.580383
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Hosseini, Khaled. 2018. Sea Prayer. Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin House LLC. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.580383.
    • Harvard:
      Hosseini, K. (2018) Sea prayer. Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin House LLC. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.580383 (Accessed: 27 May 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Hosseini, K 2018, Sea prayer, Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin House LLC, viewed 27 May 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Hosseini, Khaled. Sea Prayer. Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin House LLC, 2018. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.580383.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Hosseini, Khaled. Sea Prayer. Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin House LLC, 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.580383.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Hosseini K. Sea prayer [Internet]. Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin House LLC; 2018 [cited 2019 May 27]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.580383

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 August #1

*Starred Review* In Sea Prayer, acclaimed novelist Hosseini pays tribute to the thousands of refugees who have fled wars and taken a chance on the sea, praying it will lead them to safety. It starts as a letter from a father to his young son, Marwan, recalling happier times in Homs, Syria, before the devastation of war. His memories are replete with the romantic longings of the exiled: the rippling breeze among the olive trees, the bleating of a grandmother's goat. The father fears Marwan will not remember this idyllic beauty, for the Homs Marwan knows is a place of "skies spitting bombs. Starvation. Burials." Williams' sweeping watercolor illustrations provide dramatic visual context, mirroring the emotions of the narrative in washes of warm ocher, crisp blue, and fathomless black. Impressionistic renderings of caravans of migrants, rubble-filled cities, and the perilous ocean capture the frailty of humanity, a feeling the father knows well as he prays for protection for his son. A gold-limned sunrise on the last page suggests optimism, albeit cautiously. Hosseini's eloquent, aching story will resonate with adults and older readers who have some understanding of the current world refugee crisis. For content and artistic ingenuity, this can be paired with Stepping Stones (2016), by Margriet Ruurs. Grades 6-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 April #1

Who better than Kite Runner author Hosseini to capture world attention in a work clarifying our understanding of the refugee's awful yearning and sometimes awful fate? Inspired by the heartrending image of three-year-old Syrian Alan Kurdi, found drowned on Turkey's shore in September 2015, this brief, illustrated work is presented as a letter from a father to his son, reflecting on the dangerous life they're leaving behind and the dangerous sea voyage they face.

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2018 July #5

Hosseini (The Kite Runner) says he was compelled to write about the refugee crisis after seeing the photograph of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian who drowned off the coast of Turkey in 2015. Yet Hosseini's story, aimed at readers of all ages, does not dwell on nightmarish fates; instead, its emotional power flows from the love of a father for his son. Written as a letter, the father begins slowly, recalling for his son, Marwan, the beauty of the Syrian town of Homs as it once was ("We woke in the mornings/ to the stirring of olive trees in the breeze"), then describing the war that destroyed it ("First came the protests./ Then the siege"). Now Marwan and his family sit on a beach, waiting for a boat. The father reassures Marwan: "Hold my hand./ Nothing bad will happen." Inside, though, he is in turmoil: "These are only words... all I can think tonight is/ how deep the sea,/ and how vast, how indifferent." In Williams's loosely stroked ink-and-wash spreads, the corals and greens of the Syrian countryside give way to war's gray shadows and the sea's blue hues. Expansive views of sky and water both temper the text's emotional build and render the figures in them small and fragile. Together, the evocative illustrations and graceful, compelling prose make it clear that Marwan and his parents have no choice but to trust the sea. Ages 7–up. (Sept.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.