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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When my great-uncle, Vahridj Kenderian, was dying, he made a tape of his experiences as a child during the Armenian genocide. He married, had children, a wonderful home in New Jersey. He had afam own business, as a photoengraver, but he was also a fine painter and sculptor, a very cultured man.

Vahan’s story begins almost immediately with the separation of the family from each other and from their home. I think I started to relax a little when he got on the boat to Constantinople, because I knew that baydasarian was finally safe and no one else was going to die.

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I just can’t take some of the scenes off my head, even now However, it was not. And this is forgottdn fire I do not intend to forget.

How aware of Armenian history were you as a young boy?

Feb 29, Ali El-Zein rated it it was amazing. Sarkis Kendrian – Vahan’s father who is taken before the rest of the family and perishes in an unknown way. Toumia Kendrian – Vahan’s grandmother who is killed beside the Tigris river.

Adam Bagdasarian is an Armenian American writer for teenagers and young adults. Selim Bey tries to teach him to reserve his friendship for those who are “worthy” of it – those forgtten can help him, not “waste” it on those who are weak.

Irene Gut was just seventeen when the war began: They represent love, security, a place where he belongs and is safe. It is a great introduction to the Armenian genocide. I chose to write the book because I knew it would be a challenge, but I had no idea how challenging it would be, emotionally and technically, and sometimes I had to take a step back from it to recharge and regain some perspective. Koulouris Mean people who are prejudice towards Armenians: His family disappears, one by one, and his life is turned to rubble; he struggles to survive.


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I felt empowered reading about Vahan’s bagdasaria s It’s a gripping work of historical fiction. Vahan Kenderian- Main character who is telling the story.

It’s a very, very good book; hard to read at times, but skillful, moving, forgltten, as Eggers and Bagdasarian would hope. Dec adwm, Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it really liked it Shelves: Only by learning of these atrocities in our world’s not so distant past will we be able to ensure that the mass extermination of entire ethnic groups does not ever happen again. 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.

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The success of his arduous journey will depend on the kindness of the strangers he meets along the way. But what I would have done as bagdasariab writer I consider the idea of magical realism, or some trope to bring us to the imagination in order to survive experience would have made this a different book, a different project. There were a lot of difficult parts—the march to the river, the death of his brother in the empty house, especially at the very end, just before he died.

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.

Was there a part of the book that was particularly difficult to foryotten What bgadasarian you read as a child? View all 3 comments. Did you have any favorite authors growing up? And with all the economic issues, unemployment, you can start to imagine the social problems there are. What was your purpose in depicting these difficult incidents? Forgotten Fire is based on a true story and every one of those events happened, not just to Vahan, but to countless other Armenians.


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Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian

Bagdasarian focused on his wealth and privilege. Then his family gets threatened and half of his family dies, so the story is not happy and shows the reality of what Armenians suffered during WWI. 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.

Vahan’s family and friends are taken away or killed before his eyes. Seta – a girl that Vahan falls in love with. When Turkish soldiers take some of the girls and women during the nights at the Inn, he doesn’t know what happens to them, but he knows from their screaming that it is something horrible.

The only thing I did not like about the story was the characterization of Vahan in the beginning of the story. Apr 19, Alana rated it it was amazing.

While the death of his family members has had an obvious impact of them, his ability to compartmentalize his feelings becomes both impressive and essential. Customers who bought this item also bought. Books by Adam Bagdasarian.