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Uncommon Type: Some Stories - Tom Hanks

Uncommon Type: Some Stories  - Tom Hanks
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Title: Uncommon Type

Author:  Tom Hanks

ISBN:  9781785151514

Weight:  903g

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Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

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 collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.


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