Un amateur de bowling enchaîne les parties parfaites. Quatre amis décident ensemble de partir sur la lune. Un homme se révèle incapable de suivre le rythme hyperactif de sa compagne. Un journaliste se lamente de la disparition de la presse papier. Autant d'histoires hantées par le cliquetis des machines à écrire, de héros aux trajectoires variées. Question de caractères...
Couronné deux fois de l'Oscar du meilleur acteur, Tom Hanks fait partie des acteurs les plus doués de sa génération. Question de caractères est son premier livre.
Que se passe-t-il quand un jeune homme nonchalant tombe fou amoureux d'une femme hyperactive ? Quand deux hommes ayant débarqué ensemble sur les plages de Normandie se retrouvent trente ans plus tard, l'un comblé, l'autre brisé par la vie ? Quand un jeune acteur qui fait ses grands débuts au cinéma se retrouve perdu dans Paris en pleine tournée promotionnelle ? Quand quatre amis décident de construire leur propre fusée et de voyager jusqu'à la lune ?
Que se passe-t-il quand l'un des plus célèbres acteurs hollywoodiens, collectionneur depuis sa plus tendre enfance de vieilles machines à écrire, décide de faire crépiter les touches de sa Remington pour coucher sur le papier toutes les histoires qu'il a dans la tête ?
En littérature comme au cinéma, tout est question de caractère... Tom Hanks révèle ici le sien : fantasque et virevoltant, généreux, enthousiaste et fraternel, animé par une foi contagieuse en l'humanité.
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 hectic, funny sexual affair between two best friends. A World War II veteran dealing with his emotional and physical scars. A second-rate actor plunged into sudden stardom and a whirlwind press junket. A small-town newspaper columnist with old-fashioned views of the modern world. A woman adjusting to life in a new neighborhood after her divorce. Four friends going to the moon and back in a rocket ship constructed in the backyard. A teenage surfer stumbling into his father''s secret life. These are just some of the people and situations that Tom Hanks explores in his first work of fiction, a collection of stories that dissects, with great affection, humour, and insight, the human condition and all its foibles. The stories are linked by one thing: in each of them, a typewriter plays a part, sometimes minor, sometimes central. To many, typewriters represent a level of craftsmanship, beauty and individuality that is harder and harder to find in the modern world. In his stories, Mr Hanks gracefully reaches that typewriter-worthy level. Known for his honesty and sensitivity as an actor, Mr Hanks brings both those characteristics to his writing. Alternatingly whimsical, moving and occasionally melancholy, Uncommon Type is a book that will delight as well as surprise his millions of fans. It also establishes him as a welcome and wonderful new voice in contemporary fiction, a voice that perceptively delves beneath the surface of friendships, families, love and normal, everyday behaviour.
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! Featuring additional performances by Peter Gerety, Peter Scolari, Cecily Strong, Holland Taylor, and Wilmer Valderrama on Stay With Us.
A wildly ambitious story of the making of a colossal, star-studded, multimillion-dollar superhero action film, and the humble comic book that inspired it all. Spanning 80 years of a changing America and culminating in the opening of the film, we meet a colourful cast of characters including a troubled soldier returning from war, a young boy with an artistic gift, an inspired and eccentric director, a pompous film star on the rise, a tireless production assistant and countless film crew members that together create Hollywood magic. Funny, touching, and wonderfully thought-provoking, The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece offers an insider''s take on the momentous efforts it takes to make a film. At once a reflection on America''s past and present, on the world of show business and the real world we all live in.