The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid is Bill Bryson’s take on his own childhood, growing up in Iowa in the 50s and 60s. Bryson examines his childhood with his characteristic humour and his ability to make his stories interesting.
His anecdotes about life at home with his parents, his interactions around the neighbourhood, his childhood friends, and about the general state of America at that time make the book an absorbing read. Readers of Bryson’s earlier books will also enjoy the presence of a younger Stephen Katz, his unforgettable companion of several books.
Reading the book made me realize (again) that Bryson is one of the few writers who can take dollops of statistics and make them into something that’s coherent and interesting. Come to think of it, Bryson can make a DVD manual interesting.
Thunderbolt Kid confirms what we already know–that Bryson is a fine writer with a superb sense of humour.