Now I can legitimately claim to have read three of Bill Bryson’s books, having finished reading The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid over the weekend. It had been a while since I read A Walk in the Woods and In A Sunburned Country, so I was happy to re-engage with Bryson’s witty descriptions of the ordinary…. and not so ordinary.
While happy to be in the company of Bill Bryson’s writing again, writing that Scott Simons described as combining “exquisite detail and inspired exaggeration,” and another reviewer as being similar to Jean Shepherd‘s, I found myself tiring of it toward the end. Even so, Thunderbolt Kid is fun and an interesting look inside one person’s experience of growing up in mid-century America.