Un­com­mon Type: Some Sto­ries

Indwe - - Business Hub - 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. 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.

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