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Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump #1)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  36,409 ratings  ·  1,225 reviews
This is a series of simplified stories, designed as an introduction to literature. The series offers classics, best-sellers, film-titles and original stories. Each book has extensive exercises, a detailed introduction and information about the syllabus. They are published at six levels: level 1 - beginner (300 words); level 2 - elementary (500 words); level 3 - pre-interme ...more
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published December 31st 1986 by Doubleday Books (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
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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
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
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Barbara
Social satire. Parts are clever and parts hit you over the head with the world's largest plot mallet.
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
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Linda
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Eslammohammed
The usual crash between the book& the movie...
Tom Hanks of course wins,,, Forrest&Jenny relationship was, somewhat, to me ,inspiring, and so true, real, authentic,,,
I quite impressed & touched by the content of the work, seeting aside some inquiries concerning the development of the characters &plot progression,,,
After all, Sentiment prevails :)
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
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
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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
Ahmad Sharabiani
دنیای یک ساده دل، داستان طنز تلخ، داستان انسان، انسان تنها، که گروهی از مردمان به او عقبماندهء ذهنی، عقب افتاده، کند ذهن یا احمق میگویند، هنگامی که در یک ایستگاه اتوبوس به انتظار نشسته، خاطرات خویش از دوران کودکی تا به روز، نزدیک به نیم سده از تاریخ معاصر امریکا را دوره میکند. ا. شربیانی
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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
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
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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
Afshar
هنوز کتابشو نخوندم
چیزی که در فیلمش بیشتر از قسمت های دیگر فیلم،فکرم رو مشغول کرد،اول فیلم و آخر فیلم بود
یک پر در هوا بازیچه باد ها شده و چرخ میخورد و از جایی دور می اومد
و فک کنم رو کفش تام هنکس افتاد
و در آخر فیلم باز هم ظاهر میشد

یک لحظه خودمو جای پر قرار دادم
و اینکه چقدر اختیار دارم ؟؟؟

آیا بادها هستند که پر رو بسوی تام هنکس بردند یا پر میخواست و بادها کمکش کردند؟
هنوز این سوال حل نشده
به قول مترلینگ
جک و تام هردو از بیماری سل می میرند
آیا چون سل گرفتند مَردند یا چون قرار بود بمیرند سل گرفتند!!؟

به ق
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Nino Purtseladze
ფილმისგან იმაზე მეტად განსხვავებული აღმოჩნდა, ვიდრე ველოდი. მეგონა, რომ უფრო მეტად მომეწონებოდა. ერთი სული მქონდა, როდის დავამთავრებდი, რადგან ბოლო კადრის აღწერა მაინტერესებდა და დილამდე შემოვრჩი. დასასრული სულ სხვანაირი აღმოჩნდა, მე კი მხოლოდ ერთი რამ მაწუხებს - მეფსია!
Shahr Baran
یکی از قشنگ ترین جملات کتاب
در جریان زمان قرار بگیر دوست من ودر حالی که داری در ان پیشمیری کمال استفاده رو ازش بکن .با کوته بینی ها ونادانی ها بجنگ وهرگز مایوس وتسلیم نشو
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
Rubi
Because of the famous film I already knew a lot about Forrest Gump but it has been really interesting reading his story through himself. The story of his life, his travels, his different jobs, his friends...

Yes, maybe he is an idiot but he is very intelligent in his own way; and tender, generous, funny...

At he beginning this book is a little bit tedious because he can't write properly (he doesn't follow grammar rules and some words are not well written) but when you get used, it is fantastic.

Th
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Emily Polito
May 18, 2008 Emily Polito rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ed
There are very few books that are not as good as the movie. In the past decade, only A Christmas Story: The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film was significantly improved in it's movie adaptation. Until today. For me, Forrest Gump is a meandering, theme-less series of vignettes, where Gump falls from one crisis into another.

Often, reading the books a movie is based on, such as Lord of the Rings or the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, significantly adds to a movie and allows one to gain in
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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.
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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
جابر طاحون

“I may be a idiot, but most of the time, anyway, I tried to do the right thing, an dreams is just dreams, ain’t they? So whatever else has happened, I am figgerin this: I can always look back an say, at least I ain’t led no hum-drum life.”
Joey
Nothing like the movie with it having only a couple of similarities. Sometimes it was completely ridiculous almost like a cartoon and a few times lol funny. I started off hearing Tom Hanks voice but that soon faded being that this was a completely different Forrest. Pretty good read though. 3.75 stars.
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
Amy
It's hard not to review this book on its own merits, without invoking the movie... but let's just say I can only think of one or two books where I actually think the movie is BETTER than the book. This is definitely one of them.
So many random, ridiculous things happen to Forrest. He just bumps along from one thing to the next, each more ridiculous than the last. There is no character development. I felt the same disdain for him at the end of the book that I felt in the beginning. The Forrest of
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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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