Cosa significa crescere nell'America degli anni Cinquanta? Molte cose sorprendenti, se a raccontarle è Bill Bryson, che ha il dono di saper trasformare un'infanzia felicemente normale in un percorso di formazione irto di ostacoli tragici e spassosi, nello Iowa rurale che ancora non conosce le grandi catene di centri commerciali e che ancora conserva una sua intatta, serena individualità. L'ambiente familiare della tranquilla Des Moines in cui è cresciuto l'autore, persa nelle grandi pianure del Midwest, non è solo il paradigma di un'America felice, innocente e poco consapevole. È l'osservatorio privilegiato per raccontare l'involontario umorismo di una nazione che la Seconda guerra mondiale ha lasciato più ricca e più energica, ma che vive nell'ossessione dei comunisti e della bomba H, e che sembra crogiolarsi nell'ingenua convinzione che il futuro a portata di mano sarà strabiliante e colorato come in uno dei film di fantascienza di cui il giovane Bryson è appassionato spettatore. Un catalogo di eventi e ricordi che ricostruisce con un tocco di nostalgia la stagione in cui il mondo coltivava ancora dei sogni.
- ISBN: 8860880521
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 200
I'm a big fan of Bill Bryson's writing, but this one was both uplifting and saddening at the same time. The premise of the book is how Bill learned to see a country be wooed by the siren song of prosperity through the guise of his own internal superhero persona, the Thunderbolt Kid. This is an engag Leggi tutto
Bryson played my funnybones like a xylophone! The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid is about growing up in the '50s. It's the sort of coming of age tale that educates along the way. God, I love this stuff! It very much reminded me of the classic movie "A Christmas Story". Here on Goodreads, amongs Leggi tutto
Welcome to Des Moines, Iowa and the 1950s! There are some things you should be afraid of (mainly Communism, teenagers, and comic books not approved by the Comics Code Authority ). But, no need to worry! The Thunderbolt Kid (aka Bill Bryson ) will be your trusty tour guide. Ah, the 50s—a
Bill Bryson's travel writing is often hilarious and usually perceptive. In many ways this book – Bryson’s memoir of growing up in Des Moines, Iowa, in the 1950s and 1960s - is also travel writing. In remembering and sharing his past, Bryson takes his readers to another place and time, both of which Leggi tutto
My first Bryson book. I will be reading more by the author. I enjoy the humor. I spot-checked the validity of the historical details thrown in and found them to be correct. This pleased me. Pseudonyms are used for the characters, except for his agent Jed Mattes. This seems perfectly reasonable. So w Leggi tutto
Young Bill Bryson always pictured himself as a superhero and in this novel, he is one. The Thunderbolt Kid is a somewhat fictionalized retelling of Bryson's childhood. Interspersing key events (such as the ever-present threat of nuclear war and humorous portrayals of his family) with the heroic effor Leggi tutto
This was the start of a definite return to form after a positive dip in the standard of Bill Bryson's books. What Bryson gives us here is all about growing up in 1950's America - largely autobiographical, although with Bryson's usually interesting and entertaining digressions, it's a strong book and Leggi tutto
America, the 1950s, and the golden age of plenty.Welcome to the world of Bill Bryson - the original Thunderbolt Kid. News paper clipping... SPRINGFIELD, ILL. (AP)—The State Senate of Illinois yesterday disbanded its Committee on Efficiency and Economy “for reasons of efficiency and economy.” —Des Moin Leggi tutto
Book Review The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid By Bill Bryson Reviewed by Tom Carrico I am not usually one to enjoy a memoir. There always seems to be a certain smugness that someone must possess to have the audacity to think that their story is better than, well, mine. This memoir, however, is d Leggi tutto
I listened to this on CD, read by the author, so of course it was wonderful. I'll definitely be seeking it out in print at some point. Things go by so fast on audio that you can't go back and re-enjoy the really good parts. Even if you don't give a rodent's posterior about Iowa, this book is thoroug Leggi tutto
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