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												Uncommon Type by  Tom Hanks
	 - Paperback
			 - 2018
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Uncommon Type

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Uncommon Type

by Hanks, Tom

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  • very good
  • paperback
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Very Good
ISBN 10
1101911948
ISBN 13
9781101911945
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Vintage, 2018. Soft cover. Very Good. Very good condition (slight shelf wear to cover, pages clean, spine tight).

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On Dec 3 2017, CloggieDownunder said:
Uncommon Type: Some Stories is the first print book by American actor, filmmaker and author, Tom Hanks. This is a collection of seventeen quite diverse stories. They vary not only in subject matter, but also format. Many are straight narrative, but there's also a screen play and a series of newspaper columns from the Tri-Cities Daily News/Herald entitled Our Town Today with Hank Fiset. Hank muses on modern news consumption and production compared with that of fifty years ago; he shares his opinion of New York City; he reminisces on significant moments in his life as punctuated by a typewriter bell; he describes a return to analog by a typewriting evangelista.

Typewriters feature heavily: there's a typewriter on the cover; there's an image of a different model of typewriter at the beginning of each chapter; sometimes, a typewriter is an integral part of the story, sometimes it has a minor role, and sometimes it just gets an incidental mention. Many of the characters are appealing and a particular quartet who reappear twice after their initial tale might be well suited to have their own novel (in fact, one of their stories was published in a separate volume in 2014).

The stories are an ideal length for dipping into, but also interesting and different enough to read without pause. Topics are many and mixed: refugees in the present day (or near future) and from a half a century ago; travel by car and plane as well as time travel, space travel and travel down memory lane; ten pin bowling; surfing; motel accommodation; moving house; the public relations junket; making it on the stage; the heavy toll of wartime service.

Hanks gives the reader laughter and romance, loyal friends, wise words and plots that aren't entirely predictable. It's easy to imagine Hanks himself as the narrator in many of these tales: his voice is really there, even in the print version. This is an outstanding debut, and if Hanks ever tires of Hollywood, he can certainly direct his energies to the keyboard (whether a typewriter or electronic), as more tales of this ilk would definitely be welcome. Very enjoyable.

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bookseller
Jake's Place Books US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
ABE-1595958634758
Title
Uncommon Type
Author
Hanks, Tom
Format/binding
Soft cover
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Quantity available
1
Binding
Paperback
ISBN 10
1101911948
ISBN 13
9781101911945
Publisher
Vintage
Date Published
2018
X weight
0 lbs

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