Uncommon Type: Some Stories (Paperback)Tom Hanks (author)
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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. Four friends going to the moon and back in a rocket ship constructed in the backyard.
A teenage surfer stumbling into his father's secret life.
These are just some of the people and situations that Tom Hanks explores in his first work of fiction, a collection of stories that dissects, with great affection, humour, and insight, the human condition and all its foibles. The stories are linked by one thing: in each of them, a typewriter plays a part, sometimes minor, sometimes central.
To many, typewriters represent a level of craftsmanship, beauty and individuality that is harder and harder to find in the modern world. In his stories, Mr Hanks gracefully reaches that typewriter-worthy level.
Known for his honesty and sensitivity as an actor, Mr Hanks brings both those characteristics to his writing.
Alternatingly whimsical, moving and occasionally melancholy, Uncommon Type is a book that will delight as well as surprise his millions of fans. It also establishes him as a welcome and wonderful new voice in contemporary fiction, a voice that perceptively delves beneath the surface of friendships, families, love and normal, everyday behaviour.
A Hollywood name, Tom Hanks has been an actor, screenwriter, director and producer. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Uncommon Type is his first collection of fiction.
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 330 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm
'Hanks's prose is impressive, with a strong voice and stylistic flair.' - The Times
'Hank's first collection of short stories distils the essence of the actor: urbane and warm.' - The Guardian
'Stories as varied as the roles Hanks has played in Hollywood unveil the inventive mind behind his regular-guy façade.' - The Telegraph
'The great strengths of this collection are decency and sentimentality.' - The Sunday Times
'Mr. Hanks turns out to be as authentically genuine a Writer with a capital W as ever touched a typewriter key. The stories in Uncommon Type range from the hilarious to the deeply touching. They move in period, location and manner, but all demonstrate a joy in writing, a pleasure in communicating an intensely American sense of atmosphere, friendship, life and family that is every bit as smart, engaging and humane as the man himself. All with that extra quality of keenly observant and sympathetic intelligence that has always set Tom Hanks apart. I blink, bubble and boggle in amazed admiration.' - Stephen Fry
'Reading Tom Hanks's Uncommon Type is like finding out that Alice Munro is also the greatest actress of our time.' - Ann Patchett
'It turns out that Tom Hanks is also a wise and hilarious writer with an endlessly surprising mind. Damn it.' - Steve Martin
'The central quality to Tom's writing is a kind of poignant playfulness. It's exactly what you hope from him, except you wish he was sitting in your home, reading it aloud to you, one story at a time.' - Mindy Kaling
'Uncommon Type is funny, wise, gloriously inventive and humane. Tom Hanks sees inside people - a wary divorcee, a billionaire trading desire for disaster, a boy witnessing his father's infidelity, a motley crew shooting for the moon - with such acute empathy and good humour we'd follow him anywhere. The cumulative effect is of a world I didn't want to leave.' - Anna Funder
'Wait - Tom Hanks can write, too? Funny, moving, deftly surprising stories? That's just swell. Maybe there's no crying in baseball, pal, but it's perfectly acceptable in the book business. That's how we drown envy.' - Carl Hiaasen
'He's a bona fide superstar in the acting world and now Tom Hanks is setting the literary world ablaze ... Stephen Fry loved it, and so do we.' - Irish Tatler
'Funny and moving, with a wide spectrum of subjects, this is an engaging collection.' - Woman and Home
'Uncommon Type is actually, much like its author, a warm, gently funny and mostly engaging collection of seventeen stories' - Red Online
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