‘Uncommon Type’ is a collection of descriptive short stories written by none other than famous actor and overall nice human being: Tom Hanks
Who has not heard about Tom Hanks? The American actor who played in many films such as ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ ‘The Da Vinci Code,’ ‘Philadelphia’ and ‘Apollo 13’. The man who got Meg Ryan swooning in ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ and ‘You’ve Got Mail.’ To me, most of all he is the main character ‘Forrest Gump’ in the film with the same title – the man who changed history without knowing, who saw the good in everyone and stayed true to his friends, with his undying love for his childhood sweetheart. The man who stole my heart when he recited: “My mom always says life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”
Apart from acting, Tom Hanks also directed films and plays and is considered overall as one of the good guys. No wonder I jumped at the opportunity to read his collection of short stories, Uncommon Type. What can I say? Some stories talked to me but most, alas, did not. Perhaps my expectations were too high? Perhaps I have not gripped the meaning of each story to the fullest? Let us just say that perhaps this book should be regarded as a box of chocolates, containing only a few delicious chocolates that linger in my mind…
Uncommon Type is a collection of short stories that capture all facts of life. From the energetic Anna (she features in multiple stories!) to the loving husband and father, Virgil, seemingly engrossed in normal, everyday life like being home in time for Christmas and keeping up the magic of Santa Claus for his children. But at night, when the house has gone quiet, he calls his friend, the one he was in the army with, and from their conversation and the following memories, we perceive hidden depths and the horrors of war – and how that what they lived through in The Ardennes as soldiers during WWII has had a major impact on their lives. Touching and wonderful.
Some stories are so detailed, that you find yourself lost and lose interest at all, preventing you from taking on to the tale being told. Some just are not getting through. Some change for the good by opening up a new layer that gives a whole new perspective to the tale at hand. Although this is a work of fiction, you can still feel the actor’s life shining through and sometimes wonder, is this fiction or could this have happened for real? Some stories did not grasp me, some let me down – some were enjoyable and for me, a few stood out, the touching ‘Christmas Eve 1953,’ and ‘These are the Meditations of My Heart,’ – the old typewriter as a symbol to life itself.
About The Author
Thomas Jeffrey “Tom” Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is known for his roles in Big (1988), Philadelphia (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Saving Private Ryan, You’ve Got Mail (both 1998), Cast Away (2000), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Captain Phillips, and Saving Mr. Banks (both 2013), as well as for his voice work in the animated films The Polar Express (2004) and the Toy Story series.
|Paperback||356 pages , published by Arrow (6 Sept. 2018))|
|Hardcover||416 pages; published by William Heinemann (17 Oct. 2017)|
|ISBN||PB: 978-1784759438 HC: 978-1785151514|
|eBook||15018 KB; published by Cornerstone Digital; 01 edition (17 Oct. 2017)|