The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid

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  • Bill Bryson, Thunderbolt Kid, comes to life in the writing, as does the world of 50s and 60 America; not the same world as mine, then or now, but a recognizable one; sad in its errors, innocent in its enthusiasms, pure in its childlike, zany heart.
  • Warm and laugh-out-loud funny, and full of his inimitable, pitch-perfect observations, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid is as wondrous a book as Bill Bryson has ever written. It will enchant anyone who has ever been young.

Warm and laugh-out-loud funny, and full of his inimitable, pitch-perfect observations, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid is as wondrous an audiobook as Bill Bryson has ever recorded. It will enchant anyone who has ever been young. ©2006 Bill Bryson (P)2006 Random House, inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc. Bill Bryson’s memoir, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid (2006), focuses Bryson’s childhood growing up in Des Moines, Iowa during the 1950s and 1960s. Bryson presents the events of his youth—both within the nuclear family and in the nation as a whole—as seen through the eyes of his childhood alter ego, the Thunderbolt Kid. An enjoyable walk down memory lane for me, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson tells of his early years in Des Moines, Iowa in the 1950's. Such a strange time, so many things to worry about - Communists, Atomic War, giant mutated bugs - and yet, as a whole such a happy time.

Overview

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From one of the world's most beloved writers and New York Times bestselling author of A Walk in the Woods and The Body, a vivid, nostalgic, and utterly hilarious memoir of growing up in the 1950s.

Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century—1951—in the middle of the United States—Des Moines, Iowa—in the middle of the largest generation in American history—the baby boomers. As one of the best and funniest writers alive, he is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24-carat memoir gold. Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero. In his case, he ran around his house and neighborhood with an old football jersey with a thunderbolt on it and a towel about his neck that served as his cape, leaping tall buildings in a single bound and vanquishing awful evildoers (and morons)—in his head—as 'The Thunderbolt Kid.'
Using this persona as a springboard, Bill Bryson re-creates the life of his family and his native city in the 1950s in all its transcendent normality—a life at once completely familiar to us all and as far away and unreachable as another galaxy. It was, he reminds us, a happy time, when automobiles and televisions and appliances (not to mention nuclear weapons) grew larger and more numerous with each passing year, and DDT, cigarettes, and the fallout from atmospheric testing were considered harmless or even good for you. He brings us into the life of his loving but eccentric family, including affectionate portraits of his father, a gifted sportswriter for the local paper and dedicated practitioner of isometric exercises, and of his mother, whose job as the home furnishing editor for the same paper left her little time for practicing the domestic arts at home. The many readers of Bill Bryson’s earlier classic, A Walk in the Woods, will greet the reappearance in these pages of the immortal Stephen Katz, seen hijacking literally boxcar loads of beer. He is joined in the Bryson gallery of immortal characters by the demonically clever Willoughby brothers, who apply their scientific skills and can-do attitude to gleefully destructive ends.
Warm and laugh-out-loud funny, and full of his inimitable, pitch-perfect observations, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid is as wondrous a book as Bill Bryson has ever written. It will enchant anyone who has ever been young.

Childhood

The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid Audiobook

In large part, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir is about childhood. Bryson writes about the events and feelings he had growing up in Des Moines during the 1950s. For the most part, Bill's childhood is a good one. Nothing bad really happens, although there are larger threats that he is aware of. He spends his days in a family that cares for him and in a place that is relatively safe. He gets to enjoy the simple pleasure of life. In many ways, Bill's childhood represents the all-American childhood of the baby boomers.

The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid

Throughout the book, Bill's use of the Thunderbolt Kid illustrates both a child's imagination and also his feelings of powerlessness in situations. Bill creates the story of the Thunderbolt Kid and incorporates the old football jersey and other items into this theory of how he had superpowers and was not..