Who wrote this book and when?
“Forrest Gump” was written in 1985 by Winston Groom. The sequel, “Gump and Co” was written in 1995.

Has there been a movie made of this book?
Technically, yes. Although the movie is so different from the book’s plot it could be considered a different story.

Who are the main characters?
Forrest Gump – a man born with lower-than-normal intelligence (an “idiot-savant”) although he is very bright in other areas
Jenny Curran – grew up with Forrest, they love each other but are constantly pulled apart
Bubba Blue – a friend of Forrest’s who he met in college while playing football
Mrs. Gump – Forrest’s mother, she cries a lot
Lieutenant Dan – a man who loses his legs in Vietnam, he meets Forrest in a war hospital
Sue – a male orangutan

What’s it about?
Forrest Gump is born to a southern woman who is recently widowed. He is considered an idiot because of his sub-par intelligence. During his early years, Forrest is placed in the idiot’s class until highschool. One day, the high school football coach sees how large he is (over six feet and over 200 pounds), and is determined to have him play football for them.

At first, Forrest is put on defense because of his size. But one day as he is sitting with Jenny Curran – the only girl who will be nice to him – a boy teases him and Forrest takes off running after being threatened. The coach sees him running and moves him to offense because he’s so fast. His team wins the All State Football award, and when he goes up to receive his trophy, all Forrest can say in thanks is that he has to pee.

This is only the first of Forrest’s amazing life adventures – almost none of which are actually in the Hollywood version. He travels from Vietnam to outer space to the White House to New Guinea and back – meeting the most interesting people and always pursuing Jenny Curran – the love of his life.

Why is this book a classic?
This book is mainly a classic because of the award winning movie. The story is heart-warming, hilarious, and intelligent, whether you’re watching Tom Hanks or reading the real story by Winston Groom.

Why should I read this book?
Because it’s so much better than the movie it’s not even funny.

Has this book won any awards?
The book hasn’t won any awards, the movie won 13 Academy Awards.

Favorite quotes:
“Now I know somethin bout idiots. Probly the only thing I do know bout, but I done read up on em – all the way from that Doy-chee-eveski guy’s idiot, to King Lear’s fool, and Faulkner’s idiot, Benjie, an even ole Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird – now he was a serious idiot. The one I like best tho is ole Lennie in Of Mice and Men. Mos of them writer fellers got it straight – cause their idiots always smarter than people give em credit for. Hell, I’d agree with that. Any idiot would. Hee Hee.” – p2

Anything else?
In the most pathetic, blatant display of disrespect I’ve heard of – the studio which made the movie “Forrest Gump” refused to pay the author of the story any royalties and claimed the movie was a failure.

Also – Forrest Gump actually says “life is no box of chocolates” not “life is like a box of chocolates.”

Personal thoughts:
This is one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read. It made me laugh out loud many, many times and also made me cry. Forrest is an amazing character – bringing to mind Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. The amazing mishaps he gets into mixed with his straightforward point-of-view and surprisingly common sense responses to his situation make him a man everyone can relate to, no matter how much of an idiot they are.

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