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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir (Bill Bryson)
by Jennnnn. (jennylucas)
at February 6th, 2007 (10:23 pm)

Why or how did you select this book? I saw it on the shelf at the library.  I've read other Bill Bryson books and really enjoyed them so I gave it a shot.

What is the time frame (setting) of the book? It is set in the 1950s.

How much time elapses (passes) from the beginning to the end? He talks mostly about the time from his birth to the beginning of the 1960s, but he doesn't tell the story in a linear fashion.

Where does the story take place? Des Moines, Iowa

Who are the three main characters? Bill himself and his parents

What are your favorite new words from the piece? Mimeograph

Do you have any quotations you saved? Yes, three:

"He was the nicest human being I have ever met.  It was like being friends with God."

"...or just sit back and enjoy saying some of those splendid words that existed in the fifties and are no longer heard: mimeograph, rotisserie, stenographer, icebox, dime store, rutabaga, Studebaker, panty raid, bobby socks, Sputnik, beatnik, canasta, Cinerama, Moose Lodge, pinochle, daddy-o."

"...in our hour all idle moments were spent reading something..."

What new facts did you learn that you hadn't known before? I just learned a little more about how life was in the 1950s.

What was the main idea of the book? It was just the authors memoirs of his life in the 1950s.

Would you like to read other books by the same author? Why? Yes.  I have read other of his books.  He's a very witty writer.