I don’t want to talk about Tom Hanks, the actor because probably every single person on this planet knows he is one of the best in the branch. I want to talk about Tom Hanks, the writer, but I just cannot pass without giving you a small introduction of how this absolutely astonishing person changed my perspective about cinematography.
I still remember the first movie I saw with Tom Hanks. I didn’t understand English back then, and I couldn’t read the subtitles, so all I knew about that particular film was that it was about a man with one red shoe and that my parents laugh a lot. So in the first part of my life, Tom Hanks was “the funny man” for me.
Some years later, I’ve found my mother in front of the TV watching a film with “the funny man,” but this time she was not laughing, but she was crying. Later, I saw the movie myself. It was “Forrest Gump”, and for that moment on, I don’t think I’ve missed any single film in which this amazing actor stars. Being such a fan, imagine how thrilled I was when I found out he wrote a book.
Uncommon type very short description
The book is formed by 17 short stories, each of them with different plots. The brilliantness of the tales is that even though none of them has anything to do with typewriters, Tom manages to insert the presence of one in each story. Some of the narratives are funny, some are sad, and some of them are just parts of the author. Although none of them is about the writer, he actually makes you understand how much he loves typewriters even so they are not the main character.
He took the writing machine out of its case on the low coffee table and rolled in two sheets of paper, one on top of the other – always two sheets so as not to damage the platen.
I like all of the short tales, but my favourite one is “Christmas Eve 1953”. It may be because I am a sucker for Christmas, or because it made me cry a little, but it went straight to my heart.
So if you are searching for a book to take with you on vacation, or just one to keep you company in a weekend you should give “Uncommon Type” a chance. Some of you will maybe say that Tom Hanks the writer is not as brilliant as Tom Hanks the actor, but you know what? He wasn’t Forrest Gump from the beginning. He had to be Richard from “The Man with One Red Shoe” at first.
So these being said…buy the book and discover another face of this artist. I truly believe he can reach the top as a storyteller as well as he did in the other industry.