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Six foot six, 242 pounds, and possessed of a scant IQ of 70, Forrest Gump is the lovable, surprisingly savvy hero of this classic comic tale. His early life may seem inauspicious, but when the University of Alabama’s football team drafts Forrest and makes him a star, it sets him on an unbelievable path that will transform him from Vietnam hero to world-class Ping-Pong play ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Vintage (first published 1986)
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Ken Stampe Not only does he not describe his friendship with Jenny using the classic line from the film, his mother doesn't describe life like a box of…moreNot only does he not describe his friendship with Jenny using the classic line from the film, his mother doesn't describe life like a box of chocolates. The paper version of Forrest differs wildly from the cellulose version but is still an iconic figure.(less)
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Apr 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love the film, but hate this dang book!


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!


Maybe (juuuuuuuust m
Jason Lalljee
Dec 31, 2011 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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Forrest Gump, Winston Groom
Forrest Gump is a 1986 novel by Winston Groom. The title character retells adventures ranging from shrimp boating and ping pong championships, to thinking about his childhood love, as he bumbles his way through American history, with everything from the Vietnam War to college football becoming part of the story.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: اول ماه اکتبر سال 1999 میلادی
عنوان: فارست گامپ؛ نویسنده: وینستون گروم؛ مترجم: امیر چرخکار؛ کامبیز نمازی؛ مشهد، نشر سیاوش؛ 1374؛ در 205 ص؛ چا
Aug 27, 2007 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
May 05, 2010 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
Rebecca McNutt
While the film Forrest Gump is excellent (I watch my VHS tape of it at least once a year), the book is also a brilliant classic. With a narration style similar to To Kill a Mockingbird and a friendship that lasts from childhood all the way through high school to college and beyond this book tells the story of Forrest, an intellectually-disabled man with childlike innocence, who might just be smarter than anybody gives him credit for. He finds himself present in the events that shaped 20th centur ...more
Ron Wallace
Feb 22, 2008 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
Frank Anderson
Jul 17, 2012 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
Jan 18, 2016 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
عنوان از مقاله ای نوشته ی کاوه احمدی انتخاب شده

وینستون گروم در این کتاب مردی ساده و ظاهرا کند ذهن (دچار عقبماندگی مرزی) 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
Alex Farrand
Jun 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: movies
Let me start off that I LOVE THIS MOVIE! I can quote mostly the whole movie. My father and I always exchange quotes randomly. I can watch this movie all the time. With that said, I was soo disappointed with the book. I am pretty sure the writer or director of the movie read the book and said I could make a better movie. Curiosity persuaded me to read it, but again sadly disappointed.
Brendan Nicholls
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'll get something off my chest before reviewing this one. I was super annoyed to see all the negative reviews that the book wasn't the movie. Is this such a shock? In my opinion the shining was a better movie compared to the book but that's only because they couldn't really commit to some of the outlandish set pieces. Forrest Gump the movie is excellent and a very entertaining film, it should not have beat Pulp Fiction for best picture but that's another story. The book has some funny moments a ...more
Aug 15, 2008 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.
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the movie with Tom Hanks, so thought the book would be excellent. It was good, but quite different. The movie certainly held true to the overall theme, but did it better, IMO. The first third of the book was fantastic. The middle third wasn't very good, but the last third picked back up & the ending was fantastic. Still, this was well worth reading. It was quick, thoughtful, & had me laughing out load several times.

If you're easily offended, this book isn't for you since this is
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Od mene velika i pozitivna petica jer sam se često smijala čitajući knjigu, smijeh na sve što se događa glavnom liku, jer on to prihvata sa toliko pozitivnih misli, i kao što i sam često kaže; "Samo sam mislio sa činim nešto dobro."
Nisam pravila poređenja; knjiga i film, jer je i sam sadržaj drugačiji. Tu su Forrest i Jenny, i to je bilo dovoljno za mene.
Forrest gleda na svijet svojim očima, naivno, neiskvareno i mnogo toga ne shvata u životu, ali baš zbog toga, takav neiskvaren i naivan upada
Jun 28, 2011 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
Blake Roche
Aug 08, 2013 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
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
Jan 13, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Eslam Mohammed
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 :)
David Carraturo
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
A very rare case where the screenplay adaption provided a richer, better story than the novel. Gump started out familiar and ended that way as well. However, the middle portion was almost unreadable as I do like a grain of believably even with this type of story. There were times where I thought Winston Groom was going through the motions and seeing how far-fetched he could make the storyline. If I were not already comparing vs the movie - which I loved - then I probably would have put the book ...more
Huyen Pham
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forrest Gump, IQ 75, cả cuộc đời bị gắn với từ "đần ngu", nhưng cậu ấy thông minh hơn, dũng cảm hơn, rộng lượng hơn, hào sảng hơn tất cả những người "bình thường" khác.
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
[4,5 estrelas]
Leve, repleto de fatos históricos, engraçado e bem escrito: esse livro é tudo isso e muito mais. Me encantei com o Forrest desde as primeiras páginas, pelo seu jeito simples de ver os acontecimentos da vida e pela complexidade das emoções que ele transparecia.
O filme é uma boa adaptação, e consegue transmitir com perfeição o "modo Forrest" de ver e viver; mas não consigo perdoar Hollywood por, mais uma vez, ter alterado o final da história.
Super indico a leitura!
Dan Schwent
Mar 24, 2009 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, 2014 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
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
Jan 21, 2012 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
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
Anh Dũng
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Devanshi Gupta
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventures, comedy
It slightly deforms your Enlgish so that for a while you go on talking like Forrest in your head, but it makes you feel so good. If you are sad or angry, it makes you forget all that and just makes you go "Aww".
Though on another note the story is highly unrealistic and unlikely. Forrest seems to be doing everything and anything and it just doesn't happen like that in real life. But yeah I get it and I find this book adorable.
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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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