Uncommon Type : Some Stories
by Tom Hanks
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A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that twice Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.Moving, funny sexual affair between the two best friends.During World War II veteran World War II to treat her with her physical and emotional scars.A second actor plunged into a sudden celebrity and a junket press tourbillonA small town of a newspaper columnist with an ancient view on the modern worldA woman adjusting to life in a new neighbourhood after her divorceFour friends go to the moon and return to a spacecraft built in the courtyard.A young surfer of his father’s stumbling block, the secret of lifeThese are some of the people and situations that Tom Hanks explores in his first book of fiction, a collection of stories that dissects, with great affection, humor and insight, the human condition and all his little fads.The stories are linked by one thing: in each one of them, a typewriter plays a part, sometimes minor, sometimes central.For many, typewriters represent a level of craftsmanship, beauty and individuality that is increasingly difficult to find in the modern world.In his stories, Mr. Hanks graciously reached that of a level worthy typewriterKnown for his honesty and sensitivity as an actor, Mr. Hanks brings both characteristics of his handwriting and of his work.In alternating lunatic, moving and sometimes melancholy, Rare Type is a book that will delight as well as the great surprise of its millions of fans.He also establishes a welcome and a wonderful new voice in contemporary fiction, a voice that penetrates under the surface of friendship, family, love and normal, the gestures of daily life.
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