Sunday, 20 January 2019

Uncommon Type - Tom Hanks

photo courtesy: amazon.co.uk
Too much hype, too little delivered.

I love Tom Hanks as an actor. I have watched You've Got Mail hundreds of times and enjoyed it every time. The story, plot and the Hanks and Ryan combination is amazing. I loved his boyish charm and his ability to get into the skin of the character. I loved him as Dr. Langdon although the subsequent ones were not as good as the first two, I admired his acting capabilities as Walt Disney in an all out battle with Emma Thompson in Saving Mr Banks.

So, getting my hands on this book felt great. Here was a person I admire who had written something. Believing that a written work reveals a lot about the author, I picked it up. hoping to understand the multi-faceted talent a bit more.

Gist:

A set of short stories from different walks of life.

What works:
  • They are average stories.
  • Interesting as a first time read.
What doesn't:
  • I am not sure, I would have stuck with it if it had not been this famous name.
  • Very few stories stand out in my head and even then not for their writing style.

I suppose there was too much hype about it. Hanks is a talent, there is no doubt about that. But perhaps in this case, the hype had more value than the content.

Skip this one. There are better short story collections out there. 

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