The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

May 17, 2008

If you have any recollection, any memory at all, of what it might have been like to be a kid (not a child, but a kid) in America in the 1950’s or early 60’s, you will love The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. What a hoot! Who knew that “normal” life in Iowa (the original Central America) could be so funny?

On the other hand, if you were born too late to have lived through this almost forgotten period of American history, read with care. Not every word is strictly true. Sometimes the author, Bill Bryson, has adjusted reality so that it may serve a higher (some might say, lower) purpose. But don’t be too concerned. While a number of recent authors that have tried to pass off largely fictional stories as “autobiographies,” you shouldn’t have too much trouble figuring out when Mr. Bryson is pulling your leg. If you don’t feel the tug, just wobble over to the mirror and see if you are still standing vertical.

Historical note: I bought the book at the Cloud and Leaf bookstore in Manzanita because the cover looked so outrageous. I still stare at it sometimes when no one is around. What a picture!

Best anecdote: Maybe the trip to the dentist. Whoa!

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One Response to “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid”

  1. […] with this gift (they had an idea that I might appreciate it since I had just happily finished The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid a few days earlier), but they might have suspected that, seeing as how A Short History … had […]

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