Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

9th July is the birthday of Tom Hanks, the exceptionally talented actor who also writes occasionally. Happy belated birthday, sir. Thank you so much for sharing your stories.

Uncommon Type is a collection of short stories by Tom Hanks. The common and interesting thing is that each story featured something related to a typewriter, sometimes just a brief mention, sometimes as a key part of the story. I learnt that he is also a typewriter fanatic and collects them, as well.

From the first short story to the end of the book, he takes us to a different places with his brilliant storytelling. He marvels at telling stories in various eras with such poise. Be it past, or present, or even the futuristic fiction, he gets it. He knows the facts about the past as well as the modern day’s technology and uses them effortlessly in each of his stories.

Christmas Eve 1953, story about a World War II veteran grappling with his emotional and physical scars, is my absolute favourite. My second favourite would probably be The Past is Important to Us which is a story about time travelling. Another story, A Junket in the City of Light, story of a B-list actor plunged into sudden stardom and a whirlwind press junket, is a fantastic read, too. I like A Month on Green Street, These Are the Meditation of My Heart, and Go See Cotas.

Tom Hanks is a multi-facet gem with several talents. Without a doubt, he’s ingenious writer, too, and I’d love to read more of his works. Indeed, a wonderful new voice in contemporary fiction. Reading his stories was like having a warm mug of cocoa with perfect amount of marshmallows in it. It is also a warm hug you didn’t know you needed after a fatiguing day. Wouldn’t it be nice if he could just tell me these stories in person in his impeccable voice? Audiobook with his own voice.. Mmmm, that would be perfect.


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