Book Review: The Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

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A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.

A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country’s civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game–and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN’s newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have! – Amazon


I am a huge fan of Tom Hanks, so naturally I was super excited to read Uncommon Type. Spanning across 400 pages, the 17 stories are nothing but varying degrees of self-torture to a reader. The story writing is mediocre, prose is shaky, and Tom Hanks is not a writer who would have been published had he not been Tom Hanks. Reading this book was not only a waste of my time, but an agony that I will not wish upon anyone.

About the authorTom Hanks

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.

Final Thoughts

Skip it, no point wasting your precious time. Go for a walk with your dog instead and discuss the latest flavours of Starbucks Latte with him, trust me it will be way better than reading through that nightmarish book.

What do you think

Have you read Uncommon Type or plan to read it? I would love to know your thoughts.


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