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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir (2006 original; edició 2007)

de Bill Bryson (Autor)

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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 funniest writers alive, he is perfectly positioned to mine his all-American childhood for 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 wearing a jersey with a thunderbolt on it and a towel about his neck, vanquishing evildoers--in his head--as "The Thunderbolt Kid." Using his fantasy-life persona as a springboard, Bryson re-creates the life of his family in the 1950s in all its transcendent normality--a life at once familiar to us all and as far away and unreachable as another galaxy.--From publisher description.… (més)
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Títol:The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir
Autors:Bill Bryson (Autor)
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I was born in 1950, a year before Bryson was born. This memoir brings back memories of that era for anyone born during this idyllic decade, although others would enjoy it too. Bryson’s humor and writing talent are unmatched these days. I’ve read one other Bryson book, “A Walk in the Woods,” and this one is equally hilarious, but like it, “A Walk in the Woods” carries serious messages as well. Bryson is able to use his humor to expose culture’s weaknesses in a critical light where many humorists would rather not tread. A few warnings if you plan to read Bryson, especially this particular book: don’t read while eating or drinking. Whatever is in your mouth is likely to be ejected before you finish a sentence. And if you are like me and you read at bedtime to gently carry you to slumber, don’t try to use “Thunderbolt Kid” this way. You’ll be wide awake trying to stifle laughter and, if there is a partner next to you, he or she will be wide awake too compliments of your bed shaking. Only difference is he or she won’t be nearly as amused as you. Unless, of course, you read Bryson out loud and share the laughter. And that’s the last point I’d like to make. Bryson’s books, at least the two I’ve read, are “share books.” It’s impossible to read Bryson and not stop once or twice every page to read a sentence or a paragraph out loud to whoever is sitting near you. The guy is just too talented to waste on just one person at a time. You don’t have to be from Des Moines, Bryson’s home town, to appreciate “Thunderbolt Kid,” but if you’re from the Iowa capital or really anywhere in Iowa, you’ll experience another level of appreciation for what he has to say. Des Moines’ transformation during the 1950s is much like the transformation of most of urban America: inevitable but not altogether desirable. I spent part of my high school and college days living in Iowa, so I can appreciate what is happening to Iowa and many Midwestern cities and towns. Bryson speaks to this transformation with a critical eye that is worth reading the book even if it weren’t the funniest book I’ve ever read. Bryson rolls the best of the likes of Bombeck, Martin, and Franken into the perfect read for a time when we need intelligent humor to carry us, albeit temporarily, from this nightmare that was 2020. ( )
  DanDiercks | Dec 26, 2020 |
This is the best of Bill Bryson's books. The thing about Bryson is that he cannot leave a fact behind. He appears to conduct a great amount of research for each of his books and inserts it all in the chapters in between the ones that are actually much more interesting! His personal narrative is so entertaining, and the chapters of statistics and background are so dry, that the net effect is horribly lopsided. I always end up skipping the chapters I dislike, like pushing aside half the food on my plate in order to get to the good stuff. Nonetheless, the good chapters in this memoirs are so worth it, especially if you are a Baby Boomer. ( )
  AnaraGuard | Nov 1, 2020 |
Laugh out loud funny! Always a delight reading bill Bryson
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  bsmashers | Aug 1, 2020 |
2015 (review can be found at the link - which is a LibraryThing page)
https://www.librarything.com/topic/185746#5160085 ( )
  dchaikin | Jun 21, 2020 |
Very nostalgic for a male over 60. Not sure it would appeal to many other people. ( )
  grandpahobo | Apr 2, 2020 |
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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson is a memoir of growing up in Iowa, during the 1950's. The memoir was classic fun and an exploration into memories of growing up in the middle of America in the middle of the twentieth century. The book begins with a panoramic point of view on what the 1950's were about, and then Bryson gets closer and closer into his personal life. He masterfully pens his memories of pranks, jobs, candy, sex, politics, main-street, with a well crafted efficacy. So many memories of growing up in Longmont Colorado in the 1970's bubbled up. A fun listen.
 
Bill Bryson is erudite, irreverent, funny and exuberant, making the temptation to quote endlessly from The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir (Broadway, $25) hard to resist. Bryson interweaves childhood reminiscences seamlessly with observations about 1950s America, evoking a zeitgeist that will be familiar to almost everyone past middle age.
 
Had he written a purely personal view of his youth and left out the bits explaining how 1950s America was the best country in the world, my chuckles might not so often have given way to groans of annoyance.
afegit per MikeBriggs | editaThe Spectator, Zenga Longmore (Sep 30, 2006)
 

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In the late 1950s, the Royal Canadian Air Force produced a booklet on isometrics, a form of exercise that enjoyed a short but devoted vogue with my father.
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You really should never fuck with the Thunderbolt Kid....He had, as he would boast in later years, a pornographic memory.
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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 funniest writers alive, he is perfectly positioned to mine his all-American childhood for 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 wearing a jersey with a thunderbolt on it and a towel about his neck, vanquishing evildoers--in his head--as "The Thunderbolt Kid." Using his fantasy-life persona as a springboard, Bryson re-creates the life of his family in the 1950s in all its transcendent normality--a life at once familiar to us all and as far away and unreachable as another galaxy.--From publisher description.

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