[bksvol-discuss] Re: Trying to find a title

  • From: Grandma Cindy <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2007 18:52:04 -0800 (PST)

Heym, Shelley--you're a reference librarian's
favorite. smilw.

Is your student 12 and over? Is it possible that the
book--a novel based on real experiences--is Forgotten
Fire, by Adam Bagdasarian? Judging from the summary
below, it is indeed harrowing.

If this isns't the book you're looking for, I'llkeep
looking.

Cindy


Drawing on his own great-uncle's experiences,
Bagdasarian covers the years 1915-1918 when a boy from
a wealthy, well-respected family from Bitlis, Turkey,
is stripped of everything simply because he is
Armenian. Told from an adult perspective through
flashbacks, Vahan's narrative covers a harrowing
journey beginning with his father's disappearance and,
within a week or so, what he describes as the "last
day my childhood" at age 12: Turkish gendarmes execute
his two older brothers and force the rest of the
familyDa brother, two sisters and motherDto walk for
days without food or water. Upon his mother's urging,
Vahan and his last surviving brother, Sisak, escape
one night in the woods, and throughout the rest of the
novel he experiences and witnesses unspeakable
violence. The prose is often graceful (e.g.,
loneliness "simply comes, sits in the center of the
heart where it cannot be overlooked, and abides") and
the events are as gripping as they are horrifying. But
unlike Anita Lobel's remarkable WWII memoir No Pretty
Pictures, told from the perspective of a child who
does not quite grasp what's happening around her, the
narrative here maintains an adult sensibility. This
point of view both distances readers from Vahan's
emotions and makes the events disturbing for even the
more mature adolescent readers (Vahan's sister commits
suicide in front of him rather than risk rape by a
Turk; he himself is sexually molested; he witnesses
the rape of a 10-year-old girl). While this is an
important history, it may be better suited to
sophisticated teens and adults. Ages 12-up. (Oct.)


--- "Shelley L. Rhodes" <juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

> Hey you all,
> 
> I am trying to find a title to fill a request of one
> of our student
> subscribers she is from New Hampshire.
> 
> But she couldn't remember the Author's last name,
> and I have forgotten the
> title, and well needless to say I can't contact her
> easily to get it, smile.
> 
> I believe the book is called Falling Darkness but am
> thinking that may be
> wrong, is about the Armanian Revolution and the
> Genecide that came with it.
> 
> Author's first name is Adam, last name she couldn't
> pronounce.  RFB and D 
> does have the title on disk.
> 
> Does anyone know what book this is, and even better
> can anyone scan it for
> the site?
> 
> As she the student would be really, really happy for
> it if it could be
> scanned, she said it is quite suspenseful, but... of
> course i didn't
> remember the title.
> 
> Smile.
> 
> My library doesn't appear to have it or else I am
> writing it wrong or
> working at it wrong.
> 
> Smile.  Thanks for the help if you can remember.
> 
> Talk to you soon.
> 
> 
> Shelley L. Rhodes B.S. Ed, CTVI
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