Trade paperback, 160 pages
Published 1997 (originally 1966)
Read November 2007
by Stanislaw Lem
Speaking of Stanislaw Lem, here's the man himself. Not with a sf tale, though, but rather a memoir of his childhood. Lem grew up in Poland during the 1920s and 30s, and he certainly was a precocious child, making this an entertaining read, as he destroys his toys for the sheer fun of it, wanders the parks of his home town, runs afoul of his father, and invents entire worlds for himself in the form of bureaucratic papers. I was disappointed to realize it covered very little from World War II (just a few rumblings and precursors), but as that was undoubtedly set his childhood apart from his adulthood, I can scarcely complain. A quick, enjoyable read, with a few nuggets of insight to boot.