Book Reviews

Sara presenting her father’s memoir at the first book signing for “A Hair’s Breadth from Death.” Unfortunately Hampartzoum passed away a few months before this day.

Front Page & Book Review by Armenian Life Magazine

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Memoir Book Review By Narini Badalian

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5.0 out of 5 stars

A Must Read!

BySNKojoianon November 28, 2007

Format: Hardcover

I first heard about the Armenian Genocide as a twelve-year old at Ramona Elementary School in Hollywood, CA when Mr. Chitjian came to our school on or about April 24, to talk about his experiences during the Genocide. Needless to say, his story made a huge impact on me, especially since, although I had been born in Armenia, I knew nothing of the Genocide because my parents had chosen to shield me from the painful history of the Armenian people. To this day, 24 years later, I still recall some of the episodes he describes in the book in minute detail. This is a very difficult book to read, on many levels. It is difficult to read of the Turkish atrocities. The reader can feel Mr. Chitjian’s pain and suffering coming through the words. I found myself in tears on many occasions. The book is somewhat laborious and drawn out in the beginning, but once you get through the first 60 pages, where he describes their daily life and routine, and what life in Perri was like, then his heart-wrenching story takes hold of his reader and doesn’t let go until the last few pages. This is a true testament to the iron will of humans to survive even in the most treacherous conditions, in the bleakest of times. I think this should be assigned to all high school students, much like The Diary of Anne Frank.

Other Personal Reviews

A personal friend from UCLA reviews the book

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A personal friend from UCLA reviews the book

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Oral History Review

A Letter from a Reader Sharing Similar Family Experiences

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Other Reviews and Press Releases

Press Release 

Book Signing Invite

Film Foundation Event

Tribute to Hampartzoum

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The memoirs selling on Amazon for $750!