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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Throughout his bitter trials, Vahan remains loving and human bt eventually he discovers that he does indeed possess the “discipline” and “character” that would make his father proud. Vahan loses his home and family, and is forced to live a life he would never have dreamed of in order to survive. I lived in Juarez, Mexico, my whole life, and then all these horrible murders started to happen everyday, and they happened even to innocent people.

There were a lot of difficult parts—the march to fie river, the death of his brother in the empty house, especially at the very end, just before he died. Altoonian, Shirin, Ari Sarkisian, Mrs. One of his sisters takes poison to avoid being raped at an inn that is being used as a way-station. The story is brutal; the first fifty or one hundred pages walk the reader through bodies like detritus. The prose is tight and unforced and results in a blisteringly quick read.

I was supposed to be the one who got sick; I was supposed to be the one who Sisak nursed back to health.

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I bageasarian got to hear anything about his life in Turkey Maybe father isn’t coming back. This is the only book I’ve read that deals with the Armenian genocide. 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.

I found myself wanting something more, craft-wise. When a decade ago, I could have read this passively, as an account of history, something to be taught as a lesson, I now read as gy person who thinks of circumstance, of participation, of there-but-by-the-grace-of-god.

Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I’m almost certain that this wasn’t the author’s intention, but still I had a hard time liking him at first. This is the gripping, heart-wrenching story of war as seen through the eyes of Charley Goddard, a fifteen-year-old who enlisted in the First Minnesota Volunteers in June and fought in almost every major battle in the Civil War.


The Hitler quote at the beginning of the book is meant to convey that the Armenian genocide adamm a forgotten chapter in world history, and also show the connection between the genocide of the Armenians and the later genocide of the Jews. For instance, he is driving three horses that belonged to the Germans, he realizes how awful that would look if he was found with them even though he was told to drive them.

I’m glad he at least made it out of the war but I feel bad because he lost everything he had. bagdasxrian

ifre An excellent historical telling through the lives of people who were the history. Reading this has me even more in shock that this genocide is still swept under the rug like it never happened.

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He was the baby of the family, he had no real responsibilities, and thought that his life bagdasariwn the way it was supposed to be. This bagdasaria, based on true events, is about a survivor of the Armenian genocide by the invading Turks.

In other words, it helped me discover the kind of writer that I wanted to be-someone who, regardless of the subject matter, made his readers feel as though they had found a good companion. I wanted to keep reading to find out what became of the narrator.

So many stories never had the chance to be told. Forgohten is, in turns, self-pitying, brave, terrified, depressed, resourceful, and despairing.

What a heart wrenching portrayal of a moment in history that is often forgotten or overlooked. When I was fifteen, I was given a writing assignment for my sophomore English class.

One being that the book is about my culture and the hardships they faced. This book is very well written and based on a true story. Let’s not forget this. To read this story, with all of the horrible details is an important reminder of what can happen when hate drives decision making. Considering that Hitler used the forgotten Armenian genocide as a pattern and a justification for his genocide of the Jews, it is most shameful for Israel to be complicit in Turkey’s denial.

When a decade ago, I could have read this passively, as an The story is brutal; the first fifty or one hundred pages walk the reader through bodies like detritus.

This is just so unbearable. Tavel Kendrian – Vahan’s brother who is killed by Turkish soldiers along at the same time as Diran Dr.


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 man or boy might take into his own heart and spirit. The author spares no expense in truly articulating the degradation of mind, body, and spirit as twelve year old Vahan Kenderian is taken from his home and forced to endure in several situations unfathomable for a child of that age – he sees his two older brothers shot to death; sees his sister, dead from taking poison, carri Adam Bagdasarian, author of Forgotten Fire, did a superb job of fictionalizing the story of his great uncle’s run for survival from the Armenian genocide during World War I.

Mustafa, General Khalil Key issues: They can touch her face, but not her beauty. In some ways, it’s a perfect example of the journey narrative. Throughout his journey for survival he meets people who either look down on him or help him.

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It is the tale of an Armenian boy who grows up during the bagdassarian war I persecution of Armenians by the Turks and manages to survive the various stages of the butchery. 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. Oct 20, Grace rated it really liked it Shelves: Bagdasatian finished the book with rapid celerity and mostly enjoyed it.

He watches as his brothers are shot and his sister takes poison and dies to avoid rape. Tashian – a man that takes Vahan into his home as a servant later in the book. There is violence and mention of rape in this book. Vahan’s refusal to learn this lesson is ultimately what saves him – morally if not physically. Irene Gut was just seventeen when the war began: Were you aware of the Armenian genocide before reading this book?

If the narrative itself seems to wander and stumble through these experiences imparting little sense of direction, it does add to the mood of confusion, despair, and occasional unfounded hope.