The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir

Book Name: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir
Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 1784161810
Year: 2006
Pages: 288
Language: English
File size: 1470 KB
File format: PDF

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir Pdf Book Description:

As among the very best and funniest writers alive, he’s perfectly positioned to mine his memories of an entirely all-American youth for 24-carat memoir gold. Like countless his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up using a rich dream life for a superhero. In his casehe raced around his home and area with an old soccer jersey with a thunderbolt on it along with a towel on his neck which functioned as his cape, leaping tall buildings at a single bound and vanquishing horrible evildoers (along with morons)–in his own mind as”The Thunderbolt Kid.”

Employing this character for a springboard, Bill Bryson re-creates the life span of his loved ones and his native town at the 1950s in all its transcendent normality–a lifetime at once totally familiar to us all as far away and unreachable as a different galaxy. It had been, he reminds usa while, when cars and appliances and televisions (and of course nuclear weapons) grew bigger and more varied with every passing season, and DDT, smokes, along with the fallout from atmospheric testing were considered benign or even great for you. He brings us to the life span of his own loving but eccentric family, such as affectionate portraits of his father, a talented sportswriter for the local newspaper and committed professional of isometric exercises, as well as his mother, whose occupation as the house furnishing editor for the exact same paper left her little time to practicing the national arts in home. He’s joined at the Bryson gallery of immortal characters from the demonically smart Willoughby brothers, who use their scientific abilities and can-do mindset to gleefully destructive ends.

Warm and laugh-out-loud humorous, and filled with his inimitable, pitch-perfect observations, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid is as wondrous a publication as Bill Bryson has written. It will enchant anybody who has ever been young.

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