- Title Forrest Gump
- Author Winston Groom
- Year 1986
- Genre Humour
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.
For some reason, I thought I’d already this but it became clear quite quickly that I hadn’t. I was aware that the film (a classic and much loved by me) took quite a different path to the book, but I didn’t realise quite how out there the book was! It starts off pretty similar, football at school, the Vietnam war, etc. But then it drifts off to quite a different destination.
In the book, Forrest also goes into space, befriends a male orangutang called Sue and is kidnapped by a jungle tribe for several years. It’s odd. But actually, it feels totally natural that these crazy things would happen to Forrest, as he does end up in bizarre situations through no fault of his own.
It’s an odd read, one that you can’t imagine the pitch meetings for, and I certainly prefer the film, but it all had to start somewhere and you can’t fault Mr Groom for his imagination!
Rating: 4 / 5