Forrest Gump by Winston Groom

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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 player, from wrestler to entrepreneur. With a voice all his own, Forrest is telling all in a madcap romp through three decades of American history.

About Winston Groom

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WINSTON GROOM is the author of fourteen previous books, including Patriotic Fire, Shrouds of Glory, Forrest Gump, and Conversations with the Enemy (with Duncan Spencer), which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He lives with his wife and daughter in Point Clear, Alabama.
Published January 1, 1994 by Pocket. 228 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Romance, History. Fiction

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The usually reliable Groom (Better Times Than These, Conversations with the Enemy) turns as gawky and ham-handed as his hero—Forrest Gump, contemporary American idiot—in this stumbling, droopy-drawered attempt at a picaresque novel.

Mar 07 1986 | Read Full Review of Forrest Gump

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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

Mar 04 1986 | Read Full Review of Forrest Gump

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Gump begins a search for a job with which to support little Forrest, who is seven when the book begins (though Gump says 10 years have passed) and already savvier than his ``idiot'' father.

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Entertainment Weekly

Go for the novel, and you'll discover a strange, spiky parable about a mildly retarded man who becomes a college football star, a Vietnam hero, and — here's what you won't see in the movie, even if Tom Hanks is Forrest Gump — an astronaut, a chess genius, a movie stuntman, and a near victim of c...

Jul 15 1994 | Read Full Review of Forrest Gump

Huntington News

His father, Jack, was an alcoholic, or a "drunkard" in the parlance of Groom, who later reformed and stayed on the wagon, working on Reagan's fan mail when Reagan was a movie star.

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