Review: Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

Title: Uncommon Type

Author: Tom Hanks

Pages: 416 Pages

Publisher: Arrow

The Blurb

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!

The Review

Tom Hanks’ selection of short stories is a delightful read. They read like the man acts and I don’t think I would have expected any less. You can see the blend of Hanks’s natural wit along with the influence of filmic style.

For me the one downside is that the short stories featured in Uncommon Type tended to be on the long side. You couldn’t reakky read the book in one sitting. However, they did work as perfect palate cleansers between different books.

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