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Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks review – the Oscar-winner’s debut collection
The trouble is that in spite of the witty banter, the stories are far too predictable. Subscribe Already registered. Other editions. The literary equivalent of all those '70s mom-in-apron sitcoms that made you charge at the TV while screaming so you didn't hear a word before you switched channel.Which classic novel did you recently read for the first time? Other editions! Best of. Follow comments Enter your email to follow new comments on this article.
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Tom Hanks: Uncommon Type
But as a reader who grew up watching his films and encountered his writing for the first time in the debut collection, Uncommon Type , I was as disappointed as Hanks is obsessed with typewriters. The book contains seventeen short stories. The stories carry the personalities of their typewriters, as do the characters — who appear mildly amusing, a bit flawed, and occasionally frustrating. Certain scenes will also take you back to specific films. There are recurring characters in different stories, which makes you suspect that these particular stories are chapters from an unfinished novel. These stories with recurring characters do a fine job on their own, but once you connect the dots, the common factors do not add up to anything substantial, for there is no plot linking them, only the fact that these four people know each other and do things like going to the Antarctica or taking a rocket constructed in the backyard to the moon.
Each story is embellished with the photo of a typewriter that plays a characteristic part in many of the stories. Do you have fellow readers in Hollywood you regular trade recommendations with. But in stories for adults wall-to-wall goodies create a disconcertingly unbalanced feel. Shappi Khorsandi. Subscription offers.
Tom Hanks's first anthology proves his on-screen talent is more than matched on the page in a set of varied stories honed to catch you off-guard. A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. A hectic, funny sexual affair between two best friends. A World War II veteran dealing with his emotional and physical scars. A second-rate actor plunged into sudden stardom and a whirlwind press junket. A small-town newspaper columnist with old-fashioned views of the modern world. A woman adjusting to life in a new neighborhood after her divorce.
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