Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump, #1)
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Meet Forrest Gump, the lovable, herculean, and surprisingly savvy hero of this remarkable comic odyssey. After accidentally becoming the star of Univerity of Alabama's football team, Forrest goes on to become a Vietnam War hero, a world-class Ping-Pong player, a villainous wrestler, and a business tycoon -- as he wonders with childlike wisdom at the insanity all around him...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Washington Square Press (first published 1986)
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Jason
I loved the movie. Don't get me wrong, the film adaption is one of my favorite movies of all time- that's precisely why I wanted to give the book a try, because the book's always better than the movie, right? Well, this was the exception. Because 'Forrest Gump' is manipulative, outrageous, poorly characterized, and awkwardly written. I read an article once that said that the only reason there wasn't a film sequel to 'Forrest Gump' was because the author didn't get enough credit for writing the b...more
Dave
Rarely do I go to a movie and say that the movie was definitely better than the book, but this was one time that was true. I really liked the movie with the great soundtrack setting the scenes throughout the 60's and 70's, and of course, Tom Hanks played a GREAT Forrest. I did enjoy how the book portrayed Forrest landing in even more incredible situations, such as being an astronaut, almost being cannibals lunch, and even rescuing Raquel Welch. I would give the movie 4 out of 5 stars, but I can...more
David
Forrest Gump

(This review is as much a criticism of the movie as it is of the book, possibly more so, in that the book was not quite the crock of mawkish drivel that the movie was)

Gosh, where to begin?

For starters, our boy Forrest has an I.Q. of 75. Played - apparently not much of a stretch - by Tom Hanks, on a natural stop along the career arc that took him from the simpering idiocy of Bosom Buddies to the affront to the intelligence that is The DaVinci Code.


You might reasonably ask what type...more
Ron Wallace
I read this book after watching the movie, and learned how vastly different it was from the cinematic version. Despite the differences and the fact I enjoyed the movie a great deal, I discovered the old adage remained true: the book was indeed better. It led me to the sequel and a couple of Groom's other books. His Southern flair is a lot of fun. I'd recommend this book to fans of the movie and most literature fans despite the differences. Both have their own charms. Very readable stuff if you a...more
Barbara
Social satire. Parts are clever and parts hit you over the head with the world's largest plot mallet.
Frank Anderson
In a way it's a real shame that this book will forever be connected (and usurped in the minds of most) by the iconic Tom Hanks movie. I found this book on my father's shelf and the cover- featuring a mongoloid-looking face- grabbed me almost instantly. When I started to read, I wasn't disappointed.

The big reason I think you are seeing so many low ratings for this book is simple- This is a much darker book than the movie is.

Forrest Gump is about how we people have to overcome all the bad things...more
Linda
Differences between book and movie:

- He becomes a professional wrestler in the book, called The Dunce
- He and Jenny have substantial relationship in the book. He screwed it up twice. HIM not Jenny.
- He smokes pot in the book.
- Goes to space in the book.
- Befriends an orangutan in book.
- Jenny does not get sick and die.
- She gets married to someone else while pregnant with Forrest's baby.
- He met Bubba in college on football team.
- Forrest never says "Stupid is as Stupid does."
- Never says "Life...more
Shelby
Alright. Before I say anything about the book, I have to tell you that I never saw the movie. Never. In fact, before my boyfriend lent me this book I was simply under the impression that this book is about a southern man who likes ping pong and thinks that life is like a box of chocolates. So, no comparisons to the movie here.

To sum things up, this book follows the life of Forrest Gump, a lovable idiot with a few remarkable skills. A bunch of crazy stuff happens, including Forrest becoming a Vie...more
Bryan Winchell
It's amazing how good the movie is considering this source material. It seems to me the movie only resembles about 40 percent of the book--Forrest is an idiot from Alabama who has a lifelong friendship with a girl named Jenny and he is unintentionally funny and finding himself in misadventures. Plus, there is a Lt. Dan.

But beyond that, the movie is quite different. The biggest difference? The movie has a lot more heart and depth. The tone of the book is, for the most part, just flat out silly an...more
Blake Roche
Don't understand all the bad reviews for this book. Sure, the movie is one of the greatest, but that doesn't mean you have to bash what it's based on. This is an entirely different experience than the movie. You can pick out the occasional event, but the movie is only a skeleton if the book's plot. Just a few small difference - Forrest never mentions leg braces, only plays one year of college football, goes on to be an astronaut, cohabitant of cannibal cotton-farmers, creature from the black lag...more
Jessica Hogan
Thinking that the book, Forrest Gump would be just as amazing as I think the movie is, I decided to read it. The book and the movie have the same general idea, where there’s a man with a low IQ, who is part of many major events during the 20th century, but there are few similarities besides that. The book is in no way a bad book but I think seeing the movie first ruined the book for me. I started reading it thinking that it would be almost identical to the movie. After the first few pages I real...more
Deborah
I was spoiled by the movie, which was a brilliant adaptation of the novel; however, I thought that the novel itself was disappointing. It was shallow as compared to the film. I tried to be fair, but could not help but miss the Forrest Gump I had come to know and love. Forrest Gump, the wonderful, compassionate, and very human personality in the movie seemed simply juvenile in the book. It should appeal to the youthful reader, though. The tone of the book was farcical, and reminded me somewhat of...more
Patrick
This is a rarity in that the book entertains but is not as good as the movie it spawned. I think the reason why is that in the movie, director Robert Zemeckis let Tom Hanks play a sympathetic simpleton to good effect. People like that Gump. In the book, however, Winston Groom uses a very different "Nathan Bedford Forrest Gump" to satirize the Reagan-Bush years. This Gump is bigger and meaner. His innocence and stupidity are artfully conveyed because Groom is a talented writer, but by mid-book yo...more
Heather's Mum
Forrest Gump is a 1986 novel by Winston Groom. I read the book because I saw the 1994 drama film starring Tom Hanks as Gump and Sally Field as his mother,(two of my favorite actors.)

The movie is substantially different from the book:

Gump didn't wear leg braces;
We learn that his longshoreman father was killed by a falling crate of bananas;
Neither his mom nor Jenny die;
His son doesn't come to live with him;
Jenny marries someone else;
There are explicit sex scenes between Gump and Jenny;
He has h...more
Emily Polito
May 18, 2008 Emily Polito rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: project-books
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Dan Schwent
I read this years ago and my memory is a little fuzzy but I remember it was a lot different from the movie. Specifically, Forrest was an astronaut at one point and also ended up stranded on a desert island.
Alejandro
There are very few books that I really hate. There are several books that I didn't enjoy to read them or I thought that they could be better, etc... However to reach the level of hating the book that's something that it's not usual, but there some of them. Usually, when I reached to hate the book, I rated them with just 1 star to denote my hate, hehehe. Anyway, maybe it's not fair with this book, since my hate for the book is due my expectations about it after watching the film "adaptation". You...more
Julie
I was like 7 or 8 years old when I saw the movie and all I can remember of it were the words "RUN FORREST RUN!." My thoughts after watching it was "yikes! what a boring movie!"

November 22, 2010...Then, everything changed within the span of 3 hours. I read it and now I like it! needless to say, it's a must read book not just for the Americans but for ALL types of people, for the humble-idiots or just plain innocent like Forrest and hypocrites (those who think they are better than Forrest) alike....more
Suzy Black
I am probably the only person in the Western Hemisphere who thought that this was perhaps the dumbest book ever written - I disliked the movie because I had read the book first, so the movie came off as almost as stupid as the book. In the book, Forrest and the ape, who had been shot into space and crashed into the Amazon(?) among cannibals/head hunters, saved their own lives by teaching the cannibals to play chess - when they were put back into the pot to be cooked, they jumped out and ran dire...more
Kevin
The only thing that kept me from rating this book a 5 star was it got a bit weird. In a fun way but still weird. I loved this book. I can't remember a novel that made me laugh out loud like this one did. I read this while I traveled and I had several times where I had to stifle my laughs in public places. This is not the ultra sweet movie Forrest Gump but a much funnier bawdy version. I love the story telling style of the book and even the "spelling as it sounds" technique. Much fun and a quick...more
Ana
Ao contrário do que me aconteceu com o «Big Fish», por exemplo, desta vez ainda não tinha visto a adaptação cinematográfica de «Forrest Gump» - e, por isso, não tinha qualquer tipo de expectativas em relação ao livro.

Mas quando cheguei ao Goodreads para fazer o update e me dei conta que a maior parte dos ratings era de 1 e 2 estrelas, fiquei surpreendida. Again, ou eu sou muito diferente do resto do mundo ou então não sei, porque eu gostei mesmo muito deste livro.

Para além de uma sátira a muit...more
Don
"Forrest Gump" is a great book. The movie was great but the book is significantly different and equally entertaining at the same time. If you liked the movie you'll love the book.
Lalu
"Amusing to learn that we're all idiot in some way, and those idiots are actually extraordinary people"
Lindsey
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Craig
What a great book! I laughed out loud several times while reading Forrest Gump, and that's the sort of thing usually reserved for Terry Pratchett, at least in my case. Anywho, I'm sure everybody in this country is familiar with the movie, so I probably don't need to say a whole heckuva lot about the premise - we'll just say "a simple man lives a life that is far from ordinary," and leave it at that.

I definitely enjoyed the first-person perspective of the book - it allows you to see the world thr...more
Bunny
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Thiminhnguyen
I went to the book shelf and saw a book with a man like an idiot in the cover of the book and there was a sentense saying the world in Forrest Gump was always the same. Usually, the world in one's eyes changes, but how can the world in Forrest's eyes stays stable? It would be a secrete that Winston Groom, the author wants to massage in the novel.

I have finished 45 pages of the book. Forrest Gump was a boy who was less smart than the others. Not many people like him except Jenny and Bubba, the s...more
Jungwan Kim
Actually I've already watched the movie 'Forrest Gump' two times. Nevertheless, I choose it again because not only the story but also Forrest was very attractive. His IQ is near 70, but he is not stupid. (however... the sentences are little strange... I think it the author expressed his foolish character) This book's plot is different with the movie. That Forrest introduces himself is same, but this book starts from his childhood. I am reading a part of his football player days. He runs very fa...more
Jenny
"Forrest Gump" is such a charming read. From the 1st person narrator's point of view and with Forrest's reflections and English usage, as a reader one cannot help but be enticed by his many adventures and mind-blasting encounters. I feel great empathy for him throughout the novel and I just had to continue reading to find out what would happen to him.

I admire Winston Groom's skill in narrating Forrest Gump so well in regard to his consistent spelling (mistakes) and grammar. Some lovely examples...more
Wontae You
Jul 10, 2009 Wontae You rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: my classmates
Recommended to Wontae by: no one
Forrest Gump has accomplished great things in his life. His mother teaches him the ways of life and teaches him to choose his destiny until she died. When he was young, he struggled from his school friends but Forrest has a friend who is his best and only friend Jenny. One day Forrest found one of his special abilities which is run faster than other people. Jenny was abused by her father in her childhood, so she has been living a hippie lifestyle for her dream which is folk song singer. Besides...more
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Winston Groom is an American novelist and non-fiction writer, best known for his book Forrest Gump, which was adapted into a film in 1994. Groom was born in Washington, D.C., but grew up in Mobile, Alabama where he attended University Military School (now known as UMS-Wright Preparatory School). He attended the University of Alabama, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta and the Army ROTC, and...more
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