THE NOVEL THAT INSPIRED THE 1994 OSCAR-WINNING FILM STARRING TOM HANKS AND SALLY FIELD.
'Bein' an idiot is no box of chocolates' Forrest Gump
Laugh, cry, stand up and cheer: Forrest Gump is everyman's story, everyman's dream. A wonderfully warm, savagely barbed, and hilariously funny 'tale told by an idiot', from the razor-sharp pen of a contemporary wizard.
No one is spared and everyone is included. If you've ever felt lacking, left out, put upon – or just wanted to have a rollicking good time – this book is for you. At 6'6", 240 pounds, Forrest Gump is a difficult man to ignore, so follow Forrest from the football dynasties of Bear Bryant to the Vietnam War, from encounters with Presidents Johnson and Nixon to powwows with Chairman Mao. Go with Forrest to Harvard University, to a Hollywood movie set, on a professional wrestling tour, and into space on the oddest NASA mission ever.
Forrest Gump lives! Thank heavens!
There is a joyously madcap feeling to the first half of this unusual novel, but then the absurdity gathers its own speed and begins to run dangerously amok. Groom's picaresque tale is told by an idiot, the Gump of the title, and follows his outrageous life from early stardom for Bear Bryant's Crimson Tide, through a tour in Vietnam and across the broad canvas of America during the '70s and '80s. Like most literary idiots, Forrest Gump is a lot smarter than the people he encounters. He is also no ordinary idiot. Instead, he is a mathematical idiot savant, capable of outperforming NASA's on-board computers, which is why Gump ends up on a space mission with an ape and the first woman astronauta mission that ends in the forests of New Guinea where Gump meets a Yale-tutored cannibal. All this takes place after Gump has met Lyndon Johnson and saved Chairman Mao from drowning, which is to say that this is a very broad satire. While there is much on-target humor here, Groom, author of Better Times Than These, has written better books than this.
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If only it was based on a true story.
I did not know that the film was based on a book, but the old adage of the book being better than the film certainly holds up.
An engaging first person narrative, Forrest Gump - despite it's unbelievable tales and unlikely protagonist - draws you into a world where you sometimes want to check an online encyclopaedia just to see whether one man hasn't actually done all the deeds mentioned in this thin but enthralling tome. You don't check of course, as you know you'll be disappointed to discover proof that it's fiction.