When should you have your kids read "Flashman"

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    My boy is 15, I have checked out three volumes of Flashman for him to read.


    You think this is too early?



    Do you think Flashman is good history, or just Porn with footnotes?


    Pretty good history. Pretty good porn too.
     
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    Porn, yes. Flashman.... Poor GM Frasier had to do a lot of research, so I don't know if he would find it or not.

    You ever read them?
     
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    General rule: At what age would you have been able to read a book, grasp what was going on, and understand at a critical level whether the book is based in reality or not?

    Personally, I never read Flashman. From the description I'm highly doubtful that I ever would have, though I did read a LOT of comic books as a kid so don't think I'm taking a moral stance here.:tongue:
     
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    I would think there is no bottom age level, as the author did an excellent job of writing on many levels at once. and with all those historical footnotes he did a better job of teaching history than Michener.

    for those who haven't read any Flashman, he the ribald Forrest Gump of British Colonialism who is ethically rather than intellectually challenged. no cowardice or tretchery on his part survives to be seen as any thing but heroism by others. hilarious and entertaining.
     

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