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Both hilarious and informative,
This review is from: The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid (Hardcover)
In his early travel book Neither Here Nor There, Bill Bryson describes a scene in which he was sitting in the enclosed carriage of an Austrian train, reminiscing about stories from his days as a journalist. The sudden uncontrollable laughter that caused his fellow passengers to look at him "as if I had just been sick down my shirt" should serve as a warning. Do not, under any circumstances, read this book while sitting on public transport or while holding food or drink. The consequences could be highly embarrassing.
Yes, this is another hilarious read from one of Britain and America's favourite writers. It is hard to call Bryson a travel writer anymore because he is building up an eclectic catalogue of works on the subjects of science, language and history. This book tells of his childhood in the fifties, at a time when America itself was undergoing a renaissance. His memories of Des Moines are touching and enthralling, and anecdotes of home and school life are frequently laugh-out-loud moments. The balance between humour and history is perfect.