Should an 11 year old read Kafka?
May 10, 2012 4:05 AM Subscribe
Is Franz Kafka to intense to give to an 11 year boy?
posted by senseofsurreal to education (32 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Do you guys think Kafka, not his whole body of work but some of the shorts, is to intense for an 11 year old? I read to my kids each night (aged 5 & 11) but I'm having a hard time getting the 11 year old to want to read on his own. He doesn't have much enthusiasm for the childrens "classics" that I've read to him lately: Phantom Toolbooth, Road Dahl's the Witches, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Charlie & the Great Glass Elevator (which was a terrible book, so I understand his cool reaction). He has little to no interest in fantasy so I can't get him into Harry Potter or LOTR or CS Lewis.
Anyway, I thought maybe if I showed him that there is more out there then what they usually aim at kids his ages he might show more enthusiasm. But, I'm also not always the best judge of how appropriate something is for a kid. Obviously, I can be on the look out for violence, cruelty, political & social themes he can't possible understand at this point, but I'm concerned that maybe The Metamorphosis (which I planned to test the waters with) might be a bit to intense. Any thoughts?