Part memoir, part social history, The Life and Times of the
Thunderbolt Kid is a hoot. Bryson describes his idyllic childhood
growing up in the middle of the USA, in the middle of the last century, in the
middle of the baby boom years - a time of unprecedented prosperity for the
country as a whole, quite different to the depression-era experiences of the
previous generation; but it's not all rose-tinted glasses - the threat of
nuclear war, Joe McCarthy, and America flexing its muscles overseas all come
into the picture.
I found The Life and Times fascinating, even though I wasn't alive in the 50s and didn't grow up in the USA. In fact, perhaps I found it particularly fascinating because of these two factors. Whether you grew up in the 50s and are looking to re-live times past, or are interested in a fun social history that will elucidate a generation, this book has much to enjoy.
Did you know?
(according to The Life and Times)
Coming Soon: Shakespeare: The World's A Stage by Bill Bryson (November 2007).
This review was originally published in October 2006, and has been updated for the September 2007 paperback release. Click here to go to this issue.
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