Forgotten Fire () is a young adult novel by Adam Bagdasarian. The book is based on a true story and follows the young boy Vahan Kenderian through the. Twelve-year-old Vahan Kenderian grew up in the lap of luxury, but the Armenian Holocaust during World War I changed everything. Vahan witnesses horrible. Use our free chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis of Forgotten Fire. It helps middle and high school students understand Adam Bagdasarian’s literary.

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Vahan- careless in school, lacked disipline and character, wanted to be strong and respected like his dad, hardened by seeing his family members die, hardened by the war taking place.

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The story itself is unimaginative, not to say that the adventure is bland, but the meaning of growing up is overdone and tiresome—though I will say the story is enlightening about an overlooked tragedy. The United States recently passed a resolution recognizing Turkey’s involvement with the genocide. Bagdasarian provides very little historical context on what was happening in Turkey adsm the larger world, instead keeping the reader focused on Vahan’s journey.

It follows the plight of Vahan Kenderian, a twelve year old boy who witnesses the deaths of his family members one after another.

Vahan’s grandmother is killed inches from bagdadarian. Throughout the book the author takes away many characters and darkens the mood of the story, it starts with Van talking about himself before all of the events in the book as a rich and even spoiled kid in Bitlis.


Now Juarez is like the most dangerous city in the world. The most important thing about the book was that it made writing and reading seem less a rigid intellectual pursuit, than an emotional journey that any adxm or boy might take into his own heart and spirit. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Open Preview See a Problem? East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Upon finally reaching a river where they expect to be allowed to drink and rest, the Turkish soldiers set upon the Armenians.

I would not wish that fate on any child. Jul 31, Molly rated it liked it Shelves: To read this story, with all of the horrible details is an important reminder of what can happen when hate drives decision making. Aug 28, Konstantin rated it liked it Shelves: Vahan-a spoiled, lazy 12 year-old whose world is turned upside down overnight.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. This is another book that helped me explain this family history to my child and her children. The boy is presented with all the shortcomings and inadequacies that make a character live and forgottfn. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List.

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The tale is told in an undramatic, unsensational fashion, almost flatly at times, which adaj me enhanced the horror somehow: Thus, the Turkish who were in rulesent out gendarmes soldiers to exterminate all the Armenians in Ottoman controlled areas. It reminds of of the horrors which are committed behind the veil of war.


Definitely shows the strengh of the human spirit in horrible circumstances. Learn more about Amazon Prime. A million, perhaps nearly two million, killed.

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They hide Vahan as long as they are able to, and Mrs. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Throughout his journey for survival he meets people who either look down on him or help him.

I was supposed to be the one who got sick; I was supposed to be the one fre Sisak nursed back to health. I think I started to relax a little when he got on the boat to Constantinople, because I knew that he frogotten finally safe and no one else was going to die.

I found myself looking up information and reading more about the genocide. Paperbackpages.

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Vahan is the main character and as he loses his family members, one by one and anyone else close to him, it really eliminates having any one else as a main character. Francis lost most of bagdasafian face when he fell on a grenade in France. Ten years after his death, his son Richard gave me the tape.