When I heard Khaled Hosseini, one of my favorite authors, was going to release a new book, I was excited. I thought it would be one of his long novels in his expressive style. Instead I got a small 50 page illustrated book.
Khaled Hosseini weaves a poem inspired by the true story of a Syrian refugee kid who drowned in the sea trying to get to Europe. The theme itself is poignant, and that the poem is from the perspective of a child’s father adds a touch more poignancy to it.
I’m a fan of Hosseini for his language and descriptions and I think this time too, he manages to invoke the images of a city past, and a city present through his words There’s a dash of hope mixed with a dollop of fear and perhaps more than a pinch of anxiety. And also perhaps, a helpless acceptance of the situation the father is in. These are positive points, as is the artwork accompanying it (that’s including one of the most gorgeous covers I’ve come across recently).
I think the major flipside for me, and I think with a few other fans of the author, was the price of the book. For a 50 page book, mostly art with verses scattered throughout, shelling out nearly Rs. 500 is pricey. Granted it’s going towards a good cause but I feel this would have put off a fair few buyers.
Would I reread? I think so. Is it my favourite or his best? Not really. Not by any stretch of the imagination
Title: Sea Prayer
Author: Khaled Hosseini
No. of Pages: 48
Rating: 8 out of 10