Use our free chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis of Forgotten Fire. It helps middle and high school students understand Adam Bagdasarian’s literary. The Forgotten Fire. Adam Bagdasarian, Author, DK Publishing, Author DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) $ (p) ISBN A National Book Award Finalist. In Vahan Kenderian is living a life of privilege as the youngest son of a wealthy Armenian family in Turkey.

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Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian. A National Book Award Finalist. In Vahan Kenderian is living a life of privilege as the youngest son of a wealthy Bagdasaran family in Turkey.

This secure world is shattered when some family members are whisked away while others are murdered before his eyes. Vahan loses his home ifre family, and is forced to live a life he would never have dreamed of in order to survive. Somehow Vahan’s incredible strength and spirit help him endure, even knowing that each day could be his last. Paperbackpages. Published Bagdwsarian 9th by Laurel Leaf Library first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Forgotten Fireplease sign up. Is this suitable for teens? See 1 question about Forgotten Fire…. Lists with This Book. Mar 11, Josh Stoll rated it it was amazing.

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This book is incredibly powerful. It deals with a forgotten period in history– the Armenian genocide of the WWI era– so it’s already set itself apart. The writing is beautiful and appropriate for the subject matter.

The main character, Vahan, is also a compelling one, as he is both terrified and determined. Vahan and his family all live in the Armenian village of Burtis, and seem to live something of an idyllic life. Soon, however, his family members start disappearing, marking the sta This book is incredibly powerful. Soon, however, his family members start disappearing, marking the start of the Armenian genocide by Turkish forces.

Soon, Vahan must make his way to Constantinople and safety or else be caught up in the genocide. The success of his arduous journey will depend on the kindness of the strangers he meets along the way. He’s really the only character who appears in the majority of the book, although the supporting cast is what enables him to make the journey in the first place. He is surprisingly determined and courageous.

While the death of his family members has had an obvious impact of them, his ability to compartmentalize his feelings becomes both impressive and essential.

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This is the only bagdasaria I’ve read that deals with the Armenian genocide. The United States recently passed a resolution recognizing Turkey’s involvement with the genocide.

If you enjoyed this book if this book can be said to be enjoyed and haven’t had your fill of utter desolation, xdam and human atrocity, try out Elie Wiezel’s Night. Jun 09, Natalie rated it really liked corgotten. An illuminating look at the Armenian genocide, which we don’t remember often enough. Apr 19, Alana rated it it was amazing. However, it was not. What a heart wrenching portrayal of a moment in history that is often forgotten or overlooked.


This was an excellent novel. Dec 02, Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it really liked it Shelves: Forgotfen 14, David Schaafsma rated it really liked it Shelves: Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: I knew about it, but didn’t know details, and still don’t in an broad sense, as this book is not about the political and social conditions in which these horrors happened.

It’s a tale m Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: It’s a tale much like many genocide tales, memoirs and novels and graphic novels, as it’s the story of a survivor of the bagdaszrian, Vahan, the 12 year old son of a powerful lawyer, one of the mpst influential families in Turkey at the time. A child of privilege, bright but spoiled. The point of the tale is Egger’s point, and what Eggers himself enacts in book after book, both memoirs and novels: Let’s not vire this.

But what is the best way to remember? How many horrific details do we need to know? At what point do we simply stop listening?

What degree of hope do we need in such a tale, maybe especially a tale told for an audience of young people? When does that hopefulness undermine the sense of horror. In this tale we don’t get many stats, until the very end, through a summary of “news reports”: In that same region, 7, children under 10 died of starvation. A million, perhaps nearly two million, killed. Unimaginable stories, not unlike ones we hear about the Holocaust, Rwanda, Cambodia’s “killing fields”.

Unspeakable crimes spoken, and in imaginative tales, where characters “come alive” and graphic details go along side almost unbelievable stories of kindness, feats of daring, escape.

Maus, Deogratias, Tree Girl, Night Bagdasarian, an Armenian American living in NYC, had this story fall in his lap, as detailed tapes recorded by his great uncle, an unlikely 12 year old survivor, came into his possession. He knew he had to tell the story, keep the memory of his ancestors and his people alive.

He had details and a rough sketch, so his only option was to “fill in” the story with descriptions of the region, the families, based in part on family and archival research. What do we know before we read?

That this is a first person “account” novel, and that the kid survives, and It’s a genocide story, and one where a kid survives. The tale is told in an undramatic, unsensational fashion, almost flatly at times, which for me enhanced the horror somehow: This seems right to me.

And at the same time, if you are thinking a more capable writer would have swept us into a frenzy of grief of despair, we need screaming, we see also that Bagdasarian can also write lovely and heart-achingly beautiful prose about dreams of his lost mother, and later as he visits a cemetery he writes: It’s a very, very good book; hard to read at times, but skillful, moving, memorable, as Eggers and Bagdasarian would hope.


The quote that Bagdasarian uses to frame his novel is related to Egger’s quote, actually. View all 3 comments. Jan 31, Joseph Wehmeyer rated it really liked it. Adam Bagdasarian, pages published ingenre: Thus, the Turkish who were in rulesent out gendarmes soldiers to exterminate all the Armenians in Ottoman controlled areas.

Vahan lived a good life, his father was a rich business man that was able to provide them food, water and a very nice house to live in for his large family. However, everything changed when the Turkish arrived in Bitlis. The Turkish returned soon after, and executed the older boys and men of his family in their backyard.

Now it was just Vahan, his brother Sisak, sisters Armenhoui and Oskina, mother and grandmother. The gendarmes killed all the men of the town and left the women and children, who they eventually escorted to a new location to live. In an old prison, —rotted with dead bodies, people suffering, and soldiers doing awful things to the people there— Vahan and his family suffer with no food or water and begin to become malnourished.

They are continually transported and are marching from location to location directed by the Turkish. With his family members beginning to dwindle one by one, Vahan and Sisak escape one night and are of on their own to another town to just try and survive.

The end location goal is Constantinople, where safety is provided from Armenian refugees, but that journey is long and far awaiting Vahan. For some, the emotions given off in the book may make it even better, but I for one am not a big fan of sadder books.

I would recommend this book to anyone who would be committed to reading such a saddening story and be able to finish it out through the ending. The ending may make it all worthwhile. Jun 27, Erika rated it liked it Shelves: I read this book some months ago, and i can’t stop thinking about it. It’s a book about a very tough subject, genocide. This book tells the story of a kid and his journey during the Armenian genocide that occurred in Turkey approximately inif I’m not mistaken.

He came from a good and established family, his father worked for the Turkish government, they thought that because of this, they could have special privileges and not suffer through everything that was about to happen, but no. As Ar I read this book some months ago, and i can’t stop thinking about it. As Armenians their fate was the same. It was a nightmare, a terrible, terrible nightmare that happened. I just can’t take some of the scenes off my head, even now