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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 University 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 hi ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Washington Square Press (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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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
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
Jason Lalljee
Dec 31, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Aug 27, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
Saw the movie several times. Loved it.

Here's to placing decency over dishonor, to rising up to stand up for our daughters and mothers and sisters, and saying to #METOO, #I2STAND4U

Congratulations, Alabama's new senator-elect Doug Jones:

Oh, my JUBILATION and huge sigh of relief that my state of Alabama did NOT elect the backwards pederast Roy Moore as United States senator.
May 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Ron Wallace
Feb 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I never watched the movie, but from what I've heard and seen in other reviews the book and movie are two entirely separate things only joined by a title. That being said, I loved this book so much that I probably will never watch the movie.

Forrest Gump is an idiot, but an idiot who has had more adventures than I could dream of. He has gone to college on a football scholarship, fought in Vietnam, and went on to start his own business. He did manage to get into a few scrapes along the way, but alw
Frank Anderson
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Rebecca McNutt
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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.
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Casual sexism, homophobia, ableism, racism, rape that is apparently ok, even hiring a molester because why the fuck not? Reducing women to bitches with tits at times, fuck everything else.

Is there good in this book? Sure. At times I loved Forrest's POV and it has some little gems here and there, a good message or two. But mostly all I found was garbage that didn't need to be in the story, it served no purpose. I'd find myself liking something only to then see some unnessary crap and be taken rig
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
صفحه ی آخر ...آخ از صفحه ی آخر
Brendan Nicholls
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
Social satire. Parts are clever and parts hit you over the head with the world's largest plot mallet.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Jan 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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Eslam Mohammed
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
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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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!
Koen Kop
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful!! Only thing I did in between reading is exchange my laptop's ventilator (reading online) and caress a few plants -other than that: at one go. Chuckling from the very beginning, but not just chuckling: there's real drama here, incredible empathy, astute political criticism of both the right and the left (which was lost in the superb movie - as well as the sex angles). Almost cried over the final page. A beautiful, beautiful book.
Dan Schwent
Mar 24, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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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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