The story of an Armenian family who endured the inhumane treatment by the Turkish army over and over again. Refugees from their homes repeatedly as the government and relations between the between the Greeks and Turks broke down. I give this book a 5 for the courage of the Armenian people and one particular family as mentioned in this book.
I quote some pages that will give you an idea of the pain and torment the Armenians suffered and of wars brutallity on all sides. A book about how this proud and humble race struggled to retain their heritage and eventally prevailed against their destruction as they were masacred and driven from Turkey to Syria to Greece and some even to America.
Page 196 quote, "All at once a throng of men, woman and children broke through the blockade. Thier bundles and parcels on fire, they struggled to get free.Some of them where able to throw themselves into the sea, while others just died on their feet,remained upright, supported by the crowd."Turn your eyes away, Veron.Its a nightmare!"But there was nowhere to turn. A raft, crowded with refugees,was attempting to push off from the shore, when two Turkish soliders poured kerosene over them, and the next thing I knew their raft was a blazing torch." Were burning, Were burning", was all I could hear them say as I turned my eyes away.
By night the entire city was ablaze. We were packed, nearly half a million human beings, in an area a mile and a half long and no more than one hundred feet wide.END QUOTE
This book is a book written to remind the Armenians that life triumphs over death and evil loses in the end. It is a book of Armenian victory not a book of shame. It is a book that should be read by all young adults to remind them what hate can do and hopefully cause this generation of young adults to find better ways of resolving differences. A book to document those Armenian souls lost in senseless perishing, they are gone forever, but thanks to this family and this book their memories will not be forgotten.
I read this book several times, its about the Armenian Genocides of the early 1900's. Juvenile reading level, but interesting for adults too!