Thursday October 29, 2020

Hanks’ short story debut is no castaway

In most cases, the short stories in Tom Hanks' collection stand on their own and are decent reads, and many rise well above that level

29th October, 2017
Typewriters feature prominently in actor Tom Hanks’ short story collection REX

Short Stories: Uncommon Type, By Tom Hanks, William Heinemann, €19.55

My goodness, the arrival of this collection of short stories authored by the famous actor known for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, and for being the all-round ‘decent skin’ of Hollywood has attracted some rather snarky criticism.

It would not, some have pointed out, have been published were it not for its Oscar-winning author’s famous name. It is a heftier offering, others...

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