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A Story We Cannot Tell
 
A Reflection on 

Sea Prayer
Khaled Hosseini

 
Hardback: Riverhead, 2018
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By Casey Tygrett
 
 

I remember the first video and still images I ever saw of refugee boats, loaded to capacity, pressing out into rough waters searching for hope. The sea is a strange and unstable place, especially in a boat made only for short trips. What kind of demons and darkness make a person willing to risk drowning because it would be a better end than living in their own city, sleeping in their own beds?

While the narrative of refugees may seem unfamiliar to you or I, living in relative safety and comfort in the West, the spare yet insightful book Sea Prayer by best-selling author Khaled Hosseini offers us both an entry point to the journey of refugees and a map for the spiritual journey all human beings take.

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Living with Someone Under Ordinary Circumstances

A Feature Review of

And The Mountains Echoed: A Novel
Khaled Hosseini

Hardback: Riverhead, 2013
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Reviewed by Philip Zoutendam.

No doubt there are many in the pantheon of authors—ignored, forgotten, unknown in their own day—who would begrudge the perfect timing of Khaled Hosseini’s debut. In the last decade the world has been primed for any word about Afghanistan, and here was an Afghani author telling stories of his homeland.

 

Hosseini’s good fortune surely accounts for some of the immense popularity of The Kite Runner (2003 release) and A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007)—but by no means all of it. These books were good literature, not vapid page-turners spun for profit. They were thrilling, yes, with enough of the dramatic and exotic (run-ins with the Taliban, forbidden love, harrowing border crossings) to hold one rapt for hours, but they were not mere thrillers. Beneath the excitement they shared deeply humane narratives of love, separation, and the struggle to redeem that separation.

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