Uncommon Type

Uncommon Type

Some Stories

Book - 2017
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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 gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game--and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101946152
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: viii, 405 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Feb 22, 2018

Knowing a few things about the author, I chose this book to see if Hanks could also write. I read the first 4 stories and can confirm, yes, he can write in the sense of being able to put down coherent sentences and with good grammar and spelling. But I had no incentive to care about the characters or sense a plot that I wanted to see concluded. Maybe I am ignorant/naive as a reader and that applies only to novels. My world-view is moralistic and eternal and I was put-off by the overall self-centeredness of the characters. That's very subjective and other readers may enjoy these stories much more.

mxm0290 Jan 08, 2018

DNF - Made it halfway through
Hanks is a decent writer with the beautiful description and emotion he brings as an actor conveyed on the page, but I could not stay engaged with this style of storytelling. Each short story is a small window into someone's life. Each vignette feels real and poignant but does not have the satisfying story arc I seem to prefer. So, I found myself wanting more than a window view because the stories seemed pointless or lacked resolution or built to nothing, which is an accurate depiction of life but was not something that kept me turning pages.

In other words, this is a good version of what it is, but is not my style. I would recommend giving it a chance if you have time.

Dec 29, 2017

Hanks employs the five senses in his writing. I enjoy his description of objects from the different time periods he writes about. My favorite short was "The past is important to us."

Dec 28, 2017

Tom Hanks' writing style(and humour) is as good as he acts. Although it falls short of any Jeffrey Archer plot twists. I like the way the entire book has a theme (the typewriter) and yet the stories are a bunch of short stories.

Dec 18, 2017

Agree with the comment below - the ongoing stories of the group of friends that were sprinkled throughout the book were by far the best - but it was all a rather enjoyable read. A lot of variety.

JessicaGma Dec 14, 2017

I was delighted to try this book by the incomparable Hanx as I am not a fan of short stories. Some were more gripping than others, some were strange, but I think I liked the absurd ongoing tale of the four friends doing really outlandish things the best. It's a lovely little book.

Dec 09, 2017

Tom Hanks has a way with words. While I did not love every story, I THOROUGHLY enjoyed his voice and wordsmithing. On this basis alone, I highly recommend this book. The last story held some suspense for me. While I would usually read as fast as possible to discover the outcome, I forced my self to read slowly and savor every single sentence.
How he can write so knowingly on such a wide range of unrelated topics kept me shaking my head in wonder.
And, yes, it makes me want to TYPE a letter to someone!

Oct 22, 2017

"Uncommon Type" is a book of short stories by the actor Tom Hanks. The common thread in this 'uncommon' work is a typewriter. Every story has a typewriter playing a role. I read the names Olivetti,Underwood, Remington, and so on as a wave of nostalgia coursed through me. I cursed myself for giving away my IBM Selectric and this book is so well written that I just might start going to flea markets to find a deal on an antique typewriter.


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