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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian. Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian. 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. This secure world is shattered when some family members are whisked away while others are murdered before his eyes.
Vahan loses his home and family, and is forced to live a life he would never have dreamed of in order to survive. Somehow Vahan's incredible strength and spirit help him endure, even knowing that each day could be his last. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published April 9th by Laurel Leaf Library first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Forgotten Fire , please sign up. Is this suitable for teens? Sandy For a youth fiction there was quite a bit of violence. Women being raped, boys being fondled, heads being blown off. While I recognize that this is wh …more For a youth fiction there was quite a bit of violence. While I recognize that this is what history was like and the details weren't horribly explicit, I have a hard time thinking it would be something I would recommend for my children to read.
See 2 questions about Forgotten Fire…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Forgotten Fire. Mar 11, Josh Stoll rated it it was amazing. This book is incredibly powerful. It deals with a forgotten period in history-- the Armenian genocide of the WWI era-- so it's already set itself apart.
The writing is beautiful and appropriate for the subject matter. The main character, Vahan, is also a compelling one, as he is both terrified and determined. Summary: Vahan and his family all live in the Armenian village of Burtis, and seem to live something of an idyllic life.
Soon, however, his family members start disappearing, marking the sta This book is incredibly powerful. Soon, however, his family members start disappearing, marking the start of the Armenian genocide by Turkish forces. Soon, Vahan must make his way to Constantinople and safety or else be caught up in the genocide.
The success of his arduous journey will depend on the kindness of the strangers he meets along the way. Main characters: Vahan: He's really the only character who appears in the majority of the book, although the supporting cast is what enables him to make the journey in the first place. He is surprisingly determined and courageous.
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. Key issues: genocide, Armenians, Turkey, the geography of southeastern Europe Other interesting information: This is the only book I've read that deals with the Armenian genocide.
The United States recently passed a resolution recognizing Turkey's involvement with the genocide. If you enjoyed this book if this book can be said to be enjoyed and haven't had your fill of utter desolation, depression and human atrocity, try out Elie Wiezel's Night. Jun 09, Natalie rated it really liked it. An illuminating look at the Armenian genocide, which we don't remember often enough.
Apr 19, Alana rated it it was amazing. However, it was not. What a heart wrenching portrayal of a moment in history that is often forgotten or overlooked. This was an excellent novel.
Highly recommend. Apr 24, KatieS rated it liked it. I read this for school and it wasn't my favorite because it took me a while to get used to the fact that everything in it is based on a true story, rather than the dystopian stories I've been reading. I plan to read more Historical Fiction in the future. Sep 14, David Schaafsma rated it really liked it Shelves: ya-genocide. I knew about it, but didn't know details, and still don't in an broad sense, as this book is not about the political and social conditions in which these horrors happened.
It's a tale much like many genocide tales, memoirs and novels and graphic novels, as it's the story of a survivor of the genocide, Vahan, the 12 year old son of a powerful lawyer, one of the mpst influential families in Turkey at the time.
A child of privilege, bright but spoiled. The point of the tale is Egger's point, and what Eggers himself enacts in book after book, both memoirs and novels: Let's not forget this. But what is the best way to remember?
How many horrific details do we need to know? At what point do we simply stop listening? What degree of hope do we need in such a tale, maybe especially a tale told for an audience of young people? When does that hopefulness undermine the sense of horror. In that same region, 7, children under 10 died of starvation. A million, perhaps nearly two million, killed.
Unimaginable stories, not unlike ones we hear about the Holocaust, Rwanda, Cambodia's "killing fields". Unspeakable crimes spoken, and in imaginative tales, where characters "come alive" and graphic details go along side almost unbelievable stories of kindness, feats of daring, escape. Maus, Deogratias, Tree Girl, Night 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.
He knew he had to tell the story, keep the memory of his ancestors and his people alive. He had details and a rough sketch, so his only option was to "fill in" the story with descriptions of the region, the families, based in part on family and archival research. What do we know before we read? That this is a first person "account" novel, and that the kid survives, and It's a genocide story, and one where a kid survives. The tale is told in an undramatic, unsensational fashion, almost flatly at times, which for me enhanced the horror somehow: "Seven days after she had given birth she was dead.
Blunt, direct, tight-lipped. This seems right to me. And at the same time, if you are thinking a more capable writer would have swept us into a frenzy of grief of despair, we need screaming, we see also that Bagdasarian can also write lovely and heart-achingly beautiful prose about dreams of his lost mother, and later as he visits a cemetery he writes: "I felt at home among these graves, as though I were standing in the center of my own heart, within the gated perimeter of a longing that would never age, never end, never grow wise.
It's a very, very good book; hard to read at times, but skillful, moving, memorable, as Eggers and Bagdasarian would hope. The quote that Bagdasarian uses to frame his novel is related to Egger's quote, actually. View all 3 comments. Jun 27, Erika rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , ya , solo-books-read.
I read this book some months ago, and i can't stop thinking about it. It's a book about a very tough subject, genocide. This book tells the story of a kid and his journey during the Armenian genocide that occurred in Turkey approximately in , if I'm not mistaken.
Forgotten Fire Reader’s Guide
Why do you think the author included the quote from Hitler as the epigraph? Did your ideas change after reading Forgotten Fire? Vahan Kenderian has never known fear until the Turks come to take his father away. How did the attitude of the Armenian community change once the Turks took possession of the town and began the genocide? Describe the Kenderian family before the Turks shatter their lives. Cite evidence from the novel that Vahan greatly admires his father. How does the memory of his father give him the courage he needs to survive?
The Forgotten Fire
SparkNotes is here for you with everything you need to ace or teach! Find out more. Forgotten Fire is a young adult novel by Adam Bagdasarian. It was the author's debut novel, and was published in Forgotten Fire describes events in the life of an Armenian teenager, Vahan Kenderian, whose life of privilege and comfort is upended by the Armenian Genocide in Vahan must go to great lengths in order to survive the journey to Constantinople, where he can find safety as a refugee; he also witnesses the deaths of multiple family members, including a sister who commits suicide to avoid being raped by Turkish soldiers. Forgotten Fire was based on the experiences of the author's uncle, who lived through the Armenian Genocide.