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Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump #1)

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  42,929 Ratings  ·  1,386 Reviews
“Bein' a idiot is no box of chocolates,” but “at least I ain't led no hum-drum life,” says Forrest Gump, the lovable, surprisingly savvy hero of this wonderful comic tale. When the University of Alabama's football team drafts Forrest and makes him a star, that's only the beginning! He flunks out—and goes on to be a Vietnam war hero, a world-class Ping-Pong player, a wrestl ...more
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Published September 2nd 1994 by Pocket Books (first published 1986)
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Alejandro
Jul 12, 2015 Alejandro rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love the film, but hate this dang book!


RUN, READER, RUN!

There are very few books that I really hate, and definitely this is one of those few books that I truly hate and even I regret the time invested to read it.

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 for me.

So, you're being warned! Run, reader, run!


PLAYING DEVIL'S ADVOCATE

Maybe (juuuuuuuust m
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Jason
Feb 18, 2012 Jason rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 27, 2007 Dave rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
May 05, 2010 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 22, 2008 Ron Wallace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-shelf
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
Kamran
Jan 21, 2016 Kamran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
صحنه ای جادویی از سقوط یک پر نه تنها فارست گامپ را آغاز کرده، بلکه آن را به پایان نیز می رساند: اشاره ای از فیض و آن قدر سبک که هیچ کس نمی تواند محل فرود آن را تشخیص دهد. فیلیپ ینسی/ اعجاب فیض


درباره کتاب - مانیفستی برای یک زندگی
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وینستون گروم در این کتاب مردی ساده و ظاهرا کند ذهن را در شخصیت فارست به تصویر می کشد: مردی همواره راست گو و صادق. تصمیم گیری بدون در نظر گرفتن نفع شخصی، به خطر انداختن خود برای نجات جان دوستانی که حتی آن ها را نمی شناسد، ب
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Frank Anderson
Jul 17, 2012 Frank Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Učitaj se!
Apr 17, 2016 Učitaj se! rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished, favorites
Ne znam postoji li još itko tko nije pogledao film 'Forrest Gump', s Tomom Hanksom u glavnoj ulozi. Ja sam ga gledala već nekoliko puta, prvi put davno, i svaki me put oduševio. Nisam odmah znala da postoji i knjiga prema kojoj je film snimljen, ali kasnije, kad sam saznala, sam ju i kupila, iako sam ju, eto, tek sad pročitala. Zašto tek sad? Ne znam. Zašto neke knjige dugo stoje na polici dok neke budu pročitane istog trena nakon što ih donesemo doma? Nemam odgovor na to pitanje. Bilo kako bilo ...more
Barbara
Aug 15, 2008 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Social satire. Parts are clever and parts hit you over the head with the world's largest plot mallet.
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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Shelby
Jun 30, 2011 Shelby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Brad
I had read this at least 5 years after the movie had come out, partly because a friend explained to me that the narrator was not, indeed, a person of relatively low intelligence, but actually just someone who was very deliberate and slow. I thought I might give it a chance and I was charmed appropriately. Beyond that, I only really enjoyed the focus on being wise. The story was cutesy to me and didn't have as much ooomph as I'd like, but the characters were well developed even while the story fe ...more
Blake Roche
Aug 09, 2013 Blake Roche rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Linda
Jan 13, 2009 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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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 :)
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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Dan Schwent
Mar 24, 2009 Dan Schwent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny
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.
Shahr Baran
Aug 19, 2015 Shahr Baran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Deborah
Jan 21, 2012 Deborah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Anh Dũng
Apr 30, 2016 Anh Dũng rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: avaiable, war, hospital
Nhân vật chính là một gã đần đa năng tốt bụng. Anh có tố chất của một thiên tài: tham gia đội bóng bầu dục, tham chiến ở Việt nam, tham gia đội bóng bàn Mỹ giao hữu với Trung Hoa Đỏ, gia nhập NASA thám hiểm vũ trụ,... Đặc biệt thích phong cách dịch của dịch giả của bản này. Nhiều đoạn có ngôn ngữ cực kỳ hài hước. Đoạn kết cũng rất ấn tượng, đần nhưng cũng rất triết lý.
Michael
Feb 03, 2016 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Forest Gump is one of my favorites movies, the classic line "Life is like a box of chocolates," will always resonate with me no matter how old I get. There are so many memorable scenes in that movie, it has so many moments that would forever be treasured in my heart. Needless to say, I was excited reading the book, but what I got was a huge let down.

Let's start first with the writing style. Horrible, I tell you HORRIBLE! It feels like this book was written by a third grader, it was atrocious in
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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
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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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 it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: project-books
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Asghar Abbas


Once again the case of movie being better than the book. However the part that was ommited in the movie, the orangutang subplot, that was priceless, rather funny and ultimately heartening. I wish it was included in the movie. In any case, the book was lackluster in the face of its adaptation.
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!
Emily
Nov 06, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was perhaps the most ridiculous book I have ever read. However I was sad when the adventures came to an end. What a great example of a book being made into a movie where the director took what he wanted from the story and made his own.
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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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“I may not be a smart man, but I know what love is.” 151 likes
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