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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The ending may make it all worthwhile. A twelve year old trapped amidst one of the least known and yet none the less savage attempts at genocide in human history. Hence the title “Forgotten Fire”. Read it Forward Read it first. And it’s frightening to think that given the right, or wrong, circumstances, that this can, and most likely will, addam again, and can happen bagdssarian. When most of his family is murdered Vahan begins a fight for survival and a journey that puts him in situations he never dreamed possible.

And Uncle Mumpreh disappears. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. His name is Vahan and he is the youngest son of a rich Armenian family.

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Parents taken, killed, siblings shot and buried in aeam, suicide by poison, death by disease. It’s just that I am more familiar with the Holocaust, so I guess I’d never noticed the lack of broad details in those stories.


Write a customer review. There were many sad, terrible things that happened to Vahan and his family. Diran Kenderian – Vahan’s older brother who is killed by Turkish soldiers very early in the book.

Vahan loses his home bgdasarian family, and is forced to live a life he would never have dreamed of in order to survive. Copyright Cahners Business Information, Inc. It is not only a journey for survival, it is a journey of growing up and learning who you are, who you want to become, and what family really means. The Turkish returned soon after, and executed the older boys and men of his family in their backyard.

That is, until the Turkish gendarmes start coming to the house.

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How does Vahan react when he witnesses the murders of his brothers by the Turkish soldiers? A National Book Award Finalist. Vahan bbagdasarian from a wealthy Armenian family in Bitlis, a province of Turkey during the reign of Hitler. I realized that suffering can go much deeper than what I was experiencing.

But the Turkish government is supported in its denial by two governments which should know better. He was the baby of the family, he had no real responsibilities, and thought that his life was the way it was supposed to be.

He witnesses a Turkish soldier bludgeon his grandmother to death with a rock while she tries to get a drink of water from a river polluted with dead bodies. And it all makes me shudder and makes me want to cry.


I just can’t take some of the scenes off my head, fir now Adam Bagdasarian was able to keep me from concealing the book. 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. Wise words by Bagdasarisn Sarkisian: But this is supposed to be a book review, not a political rant, so I’d best go on with it.

The simplicity of the language, the warmth and humor of the narrator’s voice dissolved the usual wall between writer and bagdasaran and made me feel a part of the stories I was reading. In some ways, it’s a perfect example of the journey narrative. The book is written through Van’s perspective and what he experienced running away from his hometown of Bitlis. Please try again later.

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It deals with a forgotten period in history– the Armenian genocide of the WWI era– so it’s already set itself apart. Please provide an email address.