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Sea Prayer
Sea Prayer | Khaled Hosseini
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My dear Marwan, I look at your profile in the glow of this moon, my boy, your eyelashes like calligraphy, closed in guileless sleep. And I say to you, 'Hold my hand. Nothing bad will happen.' On a moonlit beach a father speaks to his sleeping son of his childhood days, recalling his grandfather's house outside Homs in Syria, the stirring of olive trees in the breeze, the bleating of his grandmother's goat. And he remembers Homs, the bustling city with its crowded lanes, its mosque and grand souk, before the sky spat bombs and they had to flee. When dawn breaks they and those around them will embark on a perilous sea journey in search of a new home.
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erzascarletbookgasm
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“.. Because all I can think tonight is
how deep the sea,
and how vast, how indifferent.
How powerless I am to protect you from it.
All I can do is pray.”

#MOvember not #likeaprayer but a really heartfelt prayer.

A love letter from a father to his son as they wait to flee in a boat. Beautiful book.

Cinfhen I‘ve heard this is beautiful!! I need to pick it up 💙 1w
batsy ❤️❤️ 1w
TrishB Loved this ❤️ 1w
Cathythoughts So beautiful 1w
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BarbaraBB
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#octoberstats #octoberwrapup

In October I read 14 books, a pretty good amount for me. Among those 14 my favorite was the tagged little book, more of a poem actually but so heartbreaking. That was a 5 star read for me, but I also had 9 (!) 4 star reads so I had a very satisfactory month!

Cinfhen That‘s a great reading month!!!! 3w
Megabooks Awesome!! 👍🏻👍🏻 3w
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Simona 14 is a big number, definitely very good reading month❣️ 3w
jillrhudy Me too! But I think Lonesome Dove should count three times! 3w
BarbaraBB @jillrhudy absolutely! 3w
youneverarrived Great month! 3w
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BarbaraBB
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“Because all I can think tonight is how deep the sea is. How powerless I am to protect you from it.
You are the most precious cargo there ever was.
I pray the sea knows this. Inshallah.”

What a heartbreaking book, inspired by the story of Alan Kurdi, the 3-year old Syrian refugee who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach safety in Europe in 2015. 😢💔

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mandi1082
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5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The story was inspired by a 3 year Syrian refugee who died in the Mediterranean sea trying to reach safety.

Even though this story is short it is so heart breaking and real. Beautiful😭😭😭😭

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Soubhiville
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Interesting that I have both of these from the library at the same time for #24b4monday. The Hosseini is beautiful and so sad. (And very short, a picture book really.)

The Best We Could Do is a graphic memoir. I‘m loving the story of Bui‘s family history. Tagged book below in comments.

Andrew65 These both look interesting. 😊 2mo
ManyWordsLater Sea prayer is maybe the saddest book I‘ve read in a long time. 2mo
britt_brooke Cover trends are so interesting. 2mo
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Eggs
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Father and son have fled their home in Homs, Syria due to the Syrian Civil War, and face the dangerous Mediterranean crossing.

#syria

#letstravelaugust @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

bookvixen This book broke my heart 3mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻💔 3mo
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fireth
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I don‘t think I can truly review this book without tearing up. That famous photo taken by the beach keeps flashing while I was reading this.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Twocougs
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Beautiful yet heart wrenching. Hosseini‘s writing shines in this mournful tale. There is a whole generation of children that know nothing but war, with no end in sight. Bless the refugees and may they all find “home”, wherever it maybe.

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Eggs
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Honey you are the sea
Upon which I float
And I came here to talk
I think you should know🎶

#greeneyes #julycoldplay

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ju.ca.no
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A bit late but thanks to @Tanisha_A for tagging me! Here are my #top6reads of the year so far! Saga are random - all the volumes are at top🙈

I tag @MrBook @Sarah83 @maralinchen and @Moony and hope you havn‘t been tagged before🙈

Sarah83 I already did it. I tag you. 🤩 4mo
Aimeesue Saga made my Top 6 too. SO well done! 4mo
Tanisha_A Sea Prayer! ❤️ And I hope to get to Saga someday. ☺️ 4mo
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Moony Oh thanks! I'll post my top 6 later this day! Great Top 6, Many books are on my tbr, too. 4mo
ju.ca.no @Aimeesue Saga is soo great😍😭 4mo
ju.ca.no @Tanisha_A everyone should read Sea Prayer!! And you really should read Saga - it‘s so great🤩 4mo
ju.ca.no @Moony I‘m looking foward to it😍 4mo
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LiterarySloth
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Very quick read. It‘s a picture book. Such beautiful art is in this book. I bought this when it first came out and Barnes and noble was offering a special to have it signed by him.

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LiterarySloth
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Since I just finished his latest novel, I‘m going to do this quick read. It‘s also my day 9 for my June book challenge.

#day9 #30junebooks #prettybooks

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Booksnob
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A lovely book, a beautiful prayer.

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defenestration
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Such a gorgeous and striking book, it's hard to pick a favorite page. And this was a signed copy ??? What a find !!!
Also: all proceeds from the book go to the UNHCR!

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erzascarletbookgasm
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This is written to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Alan Kurdi, the 3-yr-old Syrian boy who drowned while attempting to reach Greece in 2015. Till today, people continue to attempt this journey. ‘Since Alan‘s death, at least 8,500 refugees and migrants have died or gone missing‘ trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to seek shelter from war and persecution.

#MayMovieMagic #GimmeShelter

Cinfhen So sad 😞 6mo
Kalalalatja 💔💔💔 6mo
Leftcoastzen Heartbreaking! 6mo
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Cathythoughts It is heartbreaking. Just as @Leftcoastzen says. 6mo
rohit-sawant 💔💔 6mo
batsy 😔 6mo
KellyHunsakerReads I recommend the book 6mo
Eggs 😢😢 6mo
mrp27 💔💔💔 6mo
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Gwen_BooksAndWonders
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This book is as beautiful as it is heartbreaking

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MsLeah8417
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
💔💔💔💔💔

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Ms.Story
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Lovely and heartbreaking. One to reread many times. I could also see lots of uses in the classroom as well

Tanisha_A Yes, one to re-read many times. 💔 7mo
Nidhi_Ashok Every book he writes every word he utters breaks my heart into pieces apparently. And I still love it. ❣️ 7mo
Crystalblu So beautiful❤️ 7mo
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Carolyn11215
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Heartwrenching story told in short paragraphs of prose and beautiful illustrations.

TrishB It‘s a beautiful and sad book. 8mo
Carolyn11215 @TrishB I had never heard of it until I saw it on a list of best books to read about other countries and had no idea it was a children‘s book until I picked it up from the library. He manages to arouse a lot of emotion with a few well chosen words and those amazing illustrations. 8mo
TrishB Exactly 💕 8mo
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Carolyn11215
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Heartbreaking...what Marwan remembers of the once beautiful village of Homs.

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Carolyn11215
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Quick read. Beautiful illustrations.

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ju.ca.no
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What a beautiful, heartbreaking, important poem. It is only one poem, stunningly illustrates. Still, very important and everyone should have this is his library. It‘s a letter to a refugee son, about pain, fear; running away from war and not being welcome anywhere else. 5/5🌟

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Kalalalatja
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So sad, haunting and beautiful, and in so few pages. A sort of long poem with illustrations to match, which tells the story of a Syrian dad and his son, and their struggle for life. Impactful and important reading 👌

#MuslimAuthorOrMC #Booked2019

Cinfhen I wish he would write another adult novel already!!! 8mo
Brewychock48 @Kalalalatja ,I loved that story. Beautiful ❤️😍 8mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen me too! Although I still have a few of his books I need to read. I have only read The Kite Runner and 8mo
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Kalalalatja @Brewychock48 truly! 👌 8mo
TrishB You have this one to look forward to - it‘s my favourite. 8mo
Kalalalatja @TrishB I really need to get to it already! 8mo
ephemeralwaltz A beautiful book! 💔 8mo
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LapReader
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Don‘t read this one on the train on the way to work. So beautiful and so sad. Should be required reading for people who are against Human Rights and will not accept refugees in their country. It‘s illegal not to.

ju.ca.no I think so too!! 8mo
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This is adult picture book, beautiful and haunting. The illustrations are gorgeous, and powerful and add much depth to this short story.
Syria has become a dark, war zone. People were attempting to flee to freedom. This is a letter from a Syrian father to his young son, on the eve of their journey. It says so much with so few words.
Captivating and poignant reminder of how important democracy and respect for others dreams truly are.

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tammysue
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5 ☆ A short, but powerful epistolary poem with illustrations that beautifully amplify the story, written father to son, it solemnly depicts the beauty of the life and the country they‘re about to leave.
Sea Prayer was inspired by the story of Alan Kurdi, a 3 year old Syrian refugee who in 2015 drowned in the Mediterranean while escaping to safety, and is dedicated to the thousands that have died in their attempt crossing to safety.

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Louise
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A heartbreakingly beautiful picture book about the plight of refugees. It is told from the perspective of a father speaking to his beloved son as they wait for the boat that will take them across the sea in the hope of reaching safety. It is dedicated to the thousands of refugees who have died in the attempt. #ReadingAroundTheWorld #Afghanistan

Texreader 😩 8mo
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ClairesReads
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A poignant, and brief, illustrated story of the refugee crisis and experience. Hosseini inspired by the real tragedy of Alan Kurdi‘s death. Although brief, this story captures the human heartbreak of this global crisis, and personalises refugees. In a way, I feel a bit uncomfortable about the use of this book as “charity”. The Q9 from the sale of each copy which is donated to UNHCR pales next to the profits made from publishing such a book.

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Mimi28
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4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Very touching and sad story. I really wasn‘t expecting the ending. A good quick short read. ❤️❤️

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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A children‘s book with beautiful art and a harsh story.

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ManyWordsLater
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This is the saddest book I have ever read. It brings me to tears just thinking about it.

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Vedrana
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can a week start better💞📚 finally in my hands💪#croatianedition#bookcover#booklove#readingchallange2019🏵

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DGRachel
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I checked this out of the library after seeing @Krisjericho ‘s review. I need to own my own copy. It‘s beautiful and heartbreaking and I‘ve been sobbing for the last five minutes.

Krisjericho I‘m glad you liked it! It is beautiful. 10mo
TrishB I love this ❤️ so beautiful and sad. 10mo
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Floresj
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It looks so deceiving- a beautiful, short picture book that is a father talking to his son. Definitely could be read at any age, but if you are willing to walk in those shoes, it is devastatingly powerful.

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Krisjericho
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What can I say about an illustrated poem about a refugee crisis by Khalid Hosseini, other than that it is beautifully heartbreaking? It is lyrical and poignant. It will take you all of fifteen minutes to read, but then you will have to reread to absorb the language and emotion.

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sudi
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The book might be short, but it can still make you cry 😢

Tanisha_A Loved it 💔 10mo
sudi @Tanisha_A it was heartbreaking 10mo
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elizabethlk
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Grabbed a Quick Pick feature at the local library. My first time reading Khlaed Hosseini but it won't be my last. This story is touching and suitable for all ages. The illustrations here are lovely too.

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Lola
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From my Goodreads Your Year in Books graphic. 65 books/19,478 pages. Not a stellar year numbers-wise, but not too shabby. Sea Prayer was a perfect follow-up/companion read to From a Low and Quiet Sea, both of which were 5 🌟 reads for me this year. Looking forward to many great books in 2019. Still deciding what challenges I‘ll do and where I‘ll set my Goodreads Challenge number. #2018inbooks #2018wrapup

tpixie Awesomeness ♥️📚♥️ 11mo
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bookvixen
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As a mom reading this it broke my heart breaking, powerful read

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bartsbooks
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Powerful stuff!

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Kimbono
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Beautiful book.

TrishB It definitely is. 12mo
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RebL
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Powerful book. Beautifully written and illustrated.
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I pray for life and warm welcomes for refugees around the world and more so for an end to the violence/hate/greed that forces people from their homes.

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rachaich
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A friend offered to lend me this. She found it very saddening.
It's beautiful in both poetry and illustrations, and so emotive in its content. I'd like to ask anyone who criticises refugees to read this first :(

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PacingTheCage
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What a beautiful book, both in words and pictures

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razmanda
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Incredibly short and devastating. A reimagining of one of any number of refugees fleeing their homes for a chance at a life. Not a better life but a life at all.

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Short but poignant. Stunning illustrations.

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JulietteGF
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A very touching story of the childhood a dad had, and that his son never had and will never had. The illustrations by Dan Williams are bringing life to this book. It is a perfect book to read with kids to explain to them what is asylum, why people are fleeing their countries... Especially at a time where words are emptied from their meaning and are distorted.