Uncommon Type: Some Stories
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. These are just some of the people and situations that two-time Oscar winner 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 becoming harder to find in the modern world. In his stories, Hanks gracefully reaches that typewriter-worthy level.