loads of information about the US and the American way of life in the 50s. History made fun!
This is my first Bill Bryson book . He is really as funny as people say. It is a very interesting insight into the '50s.
This is a superb book, full of warmth, wit and wonderful anecdotes from the author's life. As well as being excellent social commentary on middle class America Bill Bryson also includes a plethora of insights and statistics about his home country that are eye popping and give you pause. I could not commend this book to you highly enough - a brilliant amusing and thoroughly engaging read....Continua
An eloquent writer he is, this mr. Bryson. His childhood memories are not just interesting to those who grew up in the 50’ and/or in Des Moines. Even if you didn’t, I may bring back memories of way back when, wherever you were.
What idea has of the Fifties someone born in the Eighties?
The first thing that pops into my mind is of a perfect family, smiling, in a typical middle-class kitchen, in a typical suburban american neighbourhood.
Completely disconnected from this idyllic vision there is the idea of the Cold War, and of the Marshall plan in foreign politics.
What I had no idea of is how this two part of the life of the USA in the 50s could connect and how life actually was, outside the picture perfect advertisements.
Another thing I did not know was how interesting and enthralling a childhood memoir could be.
Bill Bryson has written a small masterpiece that taught me all that and a lot more.
With his humorous narration he often left me sniggering for minutes on end, or outright laughing for his no-nonsense and down to Earth way of recounting even the most absurd scenes and events of chis childhood life.
Recalling some of those scenes makes me giggle still now.
A wonderful memoir that made me know an admirable and inventing author.