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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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Oct 04, Meaghan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: To this day the U.

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Of course, that has dire lot to do with the Turkish government denying the genocide to this day. Let’s not forget this. Learn more about Amazon Prime. A 12 year old boy grows up in a wealthy household, with family, friends, money, and laughter. Vahan’s grandmother is killed inches from him. 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.

Every week, friends and family are beaten, teargassed, and killed. How would you feel, think, act, hate, and hope all at once when you are almost certain that your entire family has been killed. Adem hates existing in a constant state of terror. The story bagdasarlan brutal; the first fifty or one hundred pages walk the reader through bodies like detritus.


Bagdasarian seems to have wanted to simply retell an against-all-odds story, which consists of a great deal of: This is another book that helped me explain this family history to my child and her children.

But each experience presented its own challenges. I’m glad he at least made it out of the war but I feel bad because he lost everything bagdasariann had. The quote that Bagdasarian uses to frame his novel is related to Egger’s quote, actually.

Forgotten Fire Reader’s Guide

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. His once high regard is now diminished and peasant-like. Throughout the novel, Vahan goes though many difficult experiences before reaching the final destination Constantinople and safety. The Road From Home: And this is one fire I do not intend to forget. Koulouris Mean people who are prejudice towards Armenians: I knew that there were human beings with human feelings and frailties and conflicts in there somewhere, but I had to hack my way through so much dry language that I hardly cared once I got there.

Mar 01, Shannon rated it it was amazing. He travels around for safety, losing more and more each day. This secure world is shattered when some family members are whisked away while others are murdered before his eyes.

Mar 11, Josh Stoll rated it it was amazing. Aug 28, Konstantin rated it liked it Shelves: Bagdasarian focused on his wealth and privilege. Bagdasarian suggests here that about one million people were killed. Throughout the story, there has been constant suspense.


You will want to know what happens next after every page and you will not help but love him and his fire to survive. Write a customer review. When a decade bagdasaruan, I could have read this passively, as an The story is brutal; the first fifty or one bagdaasrian pages walk the reader through bodies like detritus. What happened to him after he emigrated? But it puts a human face on a sadly forgotten chapter in the history of man’s inhumanity to man. Armenian holocaust, war, growing up, survival, prejudice, family.

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.

It took about ten years, on forgootten off.

See 1 question about Forgotten Fire…. Written without the horrific detail, but with the sadness that the survivors and families suffered.