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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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. A well written, unforgettable and gripping story. He is, in turns, self-pitying, brave, terrified, depressed, resourceful, and despairing.

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She dies giving birth to the son of the German consul. Were you aware of the Armenian genocide before reading this book? Forgotten Fire is based on a true story and every one of those events happened, not just to Vahan, but to countless other Armenians. However, there was none of the broader context of why the Armenian genocide happened, and that was very frustrating. It would have been interesting to be able to compare what separates a female from a male survivor in this instance. As he watches horrendous events unfold before his eyes, he must learn to survive or else he will be killed.

My Name Is Aram, on the other hand, seemed to welcome me right away. But what I would have done as a 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. This secure world is shattered when some family members are whisked away while others are murdered before his eyes.


To know that the story is reaching people and affecting them deeply means more to me than I can say. Showing of 92 reviews. Jan 26, Bianca added it.

It was at this point that the title of Bagdasarian’s book struck me as being very apt. Tashian help Vahan on his journey toward a new life? Adma Preview See a Problem? One person found this helpful.

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He was the baby of the family, he had no real responsibilities, and thought that cire life was the way it was supposed to be. There is violence and mention of rape in this book. 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.

Selim Bey tries to teach him to reserve his friendship for those who are “worthy” of it – those who can help him, not “waste” it on those who are weak.

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Now it was just Vahan, his brother Sisak, sisters Armenhoui and Oskina, mother and grandmother. It is hard to think that the terrible actions in this book really took place, but the triumph of the main character over his circumstances is a hope to us all.

In World War II, it was called battle fatigue. Aug 28, Konstantin rated it liked it Shelves: Further suggestions might be found on the forgtten talk page.

This book tells the story of a kid and his journey during the Armenian genocide that occurred in Turkey approximately inif I’m not mistaken. I think his father would have been very proud of the man he became. Kind people who help Vahan: Nonetheless, when a young nine or ten year old girl is brought to stay with him at Selim Bey’s, he naively believes that she has been brought to be a friend to him.


It reminds of of the horrors which are committed behind the Who now speaks of the Armenians — Adolf Hitler, Time takes everything, Vahan. Quite unusually, Vahan survives the death march, and he is forced to make his way in the world, alone and lost.

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The reason why is because I forgoften them to recognize the true feeling of Armenians during the genocide. Oskina Kenderian – Vahan’s sister who he becomes separated from but eventually reunites with.

He witnesses people being murdered, rape and suicide and still manages to be hopeful. Forgoften Fire by Adam Bagdasarian. An old man who, because he is old, and a coppersmith, is allowed to live even though he is an Armenian.

Koulouris Mean people who are prejudice towards Armenians: In too short a time, Vahan loses his home and family and, to survive, is forced to live a life he could never have dreamed of. Get to Know Us. I was used to writing shorter pieces, so, in the beginning, I was a little intimidated by the prospect of working on a much larger bagdasarjan. What is the significance of the title? Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

Trivia About Forgotten Fire. He had his own business, as a photoengraver, but he was also a fine painter and sculptor, a very cultured man. But all of that changes when the Armenian Holocaust begins. We are experiencing technical difficulties.