is a 1986
novel by Winston Groom
. The title character experiences adventures ranging from shrimp boating
and ping pong
championships to thinking about his childhood love. The Vietnam War
and college football
are all part of the story. Throughout his life, Gump views the world simply and truthfully. Throughout the course of the book, he really doesn't know what he wants to do in life. Author and narrator Groom uses intonations that capture Gump's personality. Gump is full of wisdom, but is considered an "idiot" because of his low IQ and disability. According to him, he "can think things pretty good", but when he tries "sayin or writin them, it kinda come out like Jello". He is also physically strong and falls into amazing adventures.
Forrest Gump, named after General Nathan Bedford Forrest
, narrates the story of his life. He mentions that his father worked on a dock and was crushed "like a pancake" by a crane full of bananas. While living in Mobile, Alabama
, Forrest meets Jenny Curran during first grade. He enjoys walking home with her. After finishing that grade, he is put in a class for students with low IQ numbers (his IQ number being 70).
Six years later, when Forrest is thirteen years old, he has a height of 6.5 feet (1.98 m) and a weight of 242 pounds (109.76 kilograms). He plays for a football team coached by Coach Feller. Miss Henderson, a teacher whom Forrest is infatuated with, gives him reading assignments.... Read More