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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743453255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743453257
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

There is a joyously madcap feeling to the first half of this unusual novel, but then the absurdity gathers its own speed and begins to run dangerously amok. Groom's picaresque tale is told by an idiot, the Gump of the title, and follows his outrageous life from early stardom for Bear Bryant's Crimson Tide, through a tour in Vietnam and across the broad canvas of America during the '70s and '80s. Like most literary idiots, Forrest Gump is a lot smarter than the people he encounters. He is also no ordinary idiot. Instead, he is a mathematical idiot savant, capable of outperforming NASA's on-board computers, which is why Gump ends up on a space mission with an ape and the first woman astronauta mission that ends in the forests of New Guinea where Gump meets a Yale-tutored cannibal. All this takes place after Gump has met Lyndon Johnson and saved Chairman Mao from drowning, which is to say that this is a very broad satire. While there is much on-target humor here, Groom, author of Better Times Than These, has written better books than this.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Forrest Gump provides social commentary in a light, humorous style. Gump's adventures range from shrimp farming and chess championships to space flight and capture by cannibals. Nixon, the military, Vietnam, college football, and other topics receive blunt and caustic comment from Gump. Throughout his experiences, Gump remains a likable fellow who views the world and notes his observations simply, straightforwardly, and truthfully. Author and narrator Groom uses inflections and intonations that capture Gump's character and personality. The recent feature film starring Academy AwardR winner Tom Hanks should help stir demand. This delightful and easy-to-listen-to audiobook is an appropriate addition to most collections.
Frances Yates, American Cooperative School of Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I didn't want to put the book down though - it was really that good.
ShyViolet
There's a few plot circumstances and characters who share the same name but other than that they are two totally different storylines.
James N Simpson
So if you are going to make fun of say the system or people it is good to make yourself in need of something to work on too.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Matt Pawenski on March 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
Winston Groom depicts the adventures of a dim-witted country boy in his novel, "Forrest Gump." Groom writes the novel in a first person perspective, as if Forest is reminiscing on his past. He even uses the poor grammar and broken language of such a dense narrator. He recounts all of his life achievements and failures. He describes everything from his fame of being a football and wrestling star, to his struggles with the love of his life, Jenny Curran.
The thing that impressed me the most was the point of view. The entire book is written in the dialect of this easy speaking wholesome character. The language connects you to Forrest and puts you in his shoes. You can see how Forrest experienced these events and the reactions of the people he comes in contact with. He naively explains these reactions and events, which is a subtle way that the author relates to the reader without sacrificing Forrest's stupidity.
The novel is lined up with story after story that all intertwine together. Every amazing adventure is followed by another. And Forrest's genuine and innocent narration of these events never leads the reader to question the character's honesty. As a side note to movie patrons, don't disregard this book because you have seen the movie, there are many differences between the two. And seeing all the events through Forrest's eyes allows an even greater connection to the character. I enjoyed every page of this book and I hope you do too.
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65 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Eric Perlin on January 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
Forrest Gump is a superb novel, and it is unfortunate that most people are more familiar with the movie, and think of Forrest Gump mainly as a "movie character." This is very unfortunate, just as if "Tom Sawyer" or "Gulliver's Travels" were widely known as just "good movies" while the original books were confined to obscurity.

The movie was good, and deserving of the awards and accolades it received. However, it is not by any stretch a substitute for the book. Forrest Gump is a somewhat different character in the book than in the movie, and the Forrest Gump of the novel experiences numerous adventures that the movie does not even hint at. To do the book justice, perhaps it should have been adapted into four or five separate movies.

Then again, another way to do the book justice is to just read it.

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It's been about a year since I read "Forrest Gump", and about 6 years since I saw the film version. However, here is a list of some of the key differences between the book and the movie:

BOOK ONLY:
* Forrest described as being 6 1/2 feet tall, and extremely strong and muscular
* Forest's experiences attending a school he calls a "nut school"
* Forrest causing calamitous cooking accident in the army
* Explosion of commodes in Viet Nam, causing whole platoon to be covered with feces (Although amusing in the book, it's probably best that this is omitted from the movie.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer B. Barton on October 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
While I was reading it (I had seen the movie prior), I thought that the movie followed the book about one third or even one half of the way but then the book just took off in a ninety degree turn and it was one incredible adventure after another - and I mean incredible literally. It has to have been one of the funniest things I have ever read. At the time, I thought it was as if the author thought mid-way through the book 'Heck, I'm the author - I can do whatever I want' ... and did. The unbridled imagination is thoroughbred. Best thing to do is get the movie and the book and compare them. The movie is first rate but the book is exquisitely funny - much more than the movie.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Heather Gemmen Wilson on December 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
The first half of this book is brilliant, even better than the movie. I believed the character and the situations he got himself into, and I loved the point of view of this idiot savant. It brought my world into sharper focus.

But then the author seemed to get bored of his own story. He seemed to quit crafting his thoughts in favor of free writing. The story transformed from fascinating into unbelievable, from profound into ridiculous. I began to wonder if two different people had written the book, that maybe someone was finishing off a story that another person started.

Hats off the the producers of the movie who selected the very best of the book and finished the story off the way it would have gone if the writing had remained consistent.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By H. R. Hall on November 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am one of those people who cry everytime Jenny dies in the movie.. but the book on the other hand is nothing of the sort! When my aunt encouraged me to read the book that it was 'lol' funny... I gave it a shot but really didn't believe it could be so. But this isn't the Forrest we have all come to love and know... this is a completely different Forrest.. a funny, awesome Forrest. If your expecting the movie you won't get what you want.. but if your looking for something great that is a great mood-picker-uper get this!
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