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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But what is the best way to remember? The protagonist stops in various locations, and by luck or by clever choice, he survives. 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.

However, everything changed when the Turkish arrived in Bitlis.

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Tashain and his wife: It’s a book about a very tough subject, genocide. 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.

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 corgotten person who thinks of circumstance, of participation, of there-but-by-the-grace-of-god. He runs away from Turkish soldiers, fakes deafness, experiences family deaths, and falls in love multiple times. Vahan-a spoiled, lazy 12 year-old whose world is turned upside down forotten.

And this is one fire I do not intend to forget. This is just so unbearable. Through a combination of luck, determination and bargains with the devil, Vahan does survive.

Even though the Armenian Holocaust is a very depressing subject, I kept reading because the story was very moving. Also, in a society that sometimes glamorizes or trivializes violence, I think it is a good thing to tell young adults what violence really is, and the effect it has.

Armenian holocaust, war, growing up, survival, prejudice, family. Adam Bagdasarian’s Forgotten Fire is set during the Armenian genocide. At what point does the reader give up hope that something will work out, that he will be a frie of a family again? It’s called “Forgotten Fire” by Adam Bagdasarian. Feb 16, Emilie W rated it it was amazing Shelves: Maus, Deogratias, Tree Girl, Night Want to Read saving….


When people think about suffering in wars they mostly think of Jewish people in WWII and not also the other acts of cruelty that Armenians faced from the Ottomans, making the title as Forgotten Fire.

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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 Ada, in June and fought in almost every major battle in the Civil War.

And a man of great warmth and humor, which is extraordinary, considering all he saw and suffered.

His second novel First French Kiss: Vahan now must endure his upcoming quest towards survival knowing he will live a life in poverty throughout it There are two reasons to why I read this book. Was there a part of the book that was particularly difficult to write?

Throughout the story, there has been constant suspense. InVahan Kenderian is living a privileged life as the youngest son of a wealthy Armenian family in Turkey. To this day the U. In Vahan Kenderian is living a life of privilege as the youngest son of a wealthy Armenian family in Turkey.

It deals with a forgotten period in history– fie Armenian genocide of the WWI era– so it’s already set itself apart. Forgotten Fire 1 1 Apr 29, Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

Maybe now was a good time for me to read “Forgotten Fire” because it reminded me of what it felt like to have my whole world shattered, and more importantly that no matter what happens to us, we can still pick up the pieces and move on, cire than aadm. Adam Bagdasarian was able to keep me from concealing the book.

They cannot hold the moonlight, or the melody of a song, or even the beauty of forgottn woman. What has been the reaction of Armenians to the book?

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I’m glad that Vahan was able to reunite with his sister Oskina and be able to start their new lives in Bagdasarizn. Somehow Vahan’s incredible strength and spirit help him endure, even knowing that each day could be his last. Through his hardships, Vahan is able to endure it all thr InVahan Kenderian is living a privileged life as the youngest son of a wealthy Armenian family in Turkey. Vahan’s family and friends are taken away or killed before his eyes. He constantly knows when it is best to leave and when to find someone to care for him.


Apr 19, Alana rated it it was amazing. I had to read this for a Sociology of Genocide class but I sincerely loved every page. Forgotten Fire is a young adult novel by Adam Bagdasarian. The Hitler quote at the beginning of the book is meant to convey that the Armenian genocide was a forgotten chapter in world history, and also show the connection between the genocide of the Armenians and the later genocide of the Jews.

How would you feel, think, act, hate, and hope all at once when you are almost certain that your entire family has been killed. I think people need to be reminded This was well written and fife an important story about the Armenian Genocide. 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.

His hope and courage bzgdasarian what is keeping him from seeing the horrible things that can occur to him. Survival, morality, faith, hope, and hatred.

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

I thought this book was extremely well written.