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Forrest Gump de Groom
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Forrest Gump (edició 2002)

de Groom (Autor)

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In the 1960s, Forrest Gump, a pleasant and obedient son with low intelligence, joins the army, returns from Vietnam famous for his heroics, and makes millions on a Louisiana shrimp boat while steadfastly loving a girl from his childhood.
Membre:catapetro
Títol:Forrest Gump
Autors:Groom (Autor)
Informació:Simon & Schuster (2002), Edition: Film, Movie tie-in, Literature & Fiction, 241 pages
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Valoració:*****
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I've loved the film Forrest Gump ever since I was a kid growing up in the Nineties. Some of its scenes are among my most vivid early memories. It was my crash course in 20th century history; it was where I first learned about Elvis, JFK, John Lennon, Vietnam, Watergate… the list goes on. It's where I first understood heartbreak (Jenny), wanderlust ("I just felt like runnin'") and melancholy (Lieutenant Dan in the bar as everyone sings 'Auld Lang Syne').

It's a film that uncovers its layers over time (as a kid, I somehow overlooked Forrest's mama's grunting episode with the teacher, or the reason Jenny threw rocks at her childhood home) and I can rewatch it again and again as comfort, as nostalgia, as storytelling. It's also a damn good film besides, and I can watch it as a fine piece of filmmaking. All in all, it's fair to say I enjoy Forrest Gump. But I've never been more convinced that it deserved its Oscar for best adapted screenplay than I am now, having read its source book by Winston Groom.

It's so different, it's startling. I won't list all the differences between book and film – we'd be here for hours – but I have to say, without hyperbole, that Eric Roth, the screenwriter, must be responsible for about 90% of the film's content. All of those famous lines and scenes – none of which are in the book. It's an odd feeling. It's not the usual feeling where you feel a film dominate your impressions of its source book, or vice versa. Rather, it's like peering into an alternate universe, one in which the film Forrest Gump never existed – like trying to imagine a world in which the Beatles never formed. Groom's Gump is so far removed from Tom Hanks' character that you see the familiar names on the page but they don't seem right – like you've been told 'up' is 'down' now, or like driving on the other side of the road in a foreign country.

Once I overcame this disappointment – and, to be honest, I had fair warning from all the other reviews of this book – I still found myself in the position of not rating Groom's novel. His Gump is different from the one we're used to, yes, but it also becomes rapidly clear that his Gump is also lesser. His narrative voice is less well-rounded and more dislikeable. His motivations are less endearing, or consistent. His character arc is bumpy, and the story's message is limp. Gump's experiences are less resonant (both for himself and his audience), including – in the book's two plummeting nadirs – a stint as a wrestler known as 'the Dunce', fighting another wrestler known as 'the Turd', and a spell as an astronaut who crash-lands in the jungle, where he plays chess with 'bongo-bongo'-style cannibal tribes.

The book as a whole is throwaway, short-changing on character and structure. I know some people don't like the film, seeing it as a saccharine Boomer fever-dream, but I don't think anyone can deny it's a tight piece of filmmaking, rewatchable, accessible to all ages, with great acting and direction and some truly thoughtful moments. The book, on the other hand, is petty, cynical, juvenile – and glib. It's not a coincidence that I find myself referring to the film's character as 'Forrest', but to the book's as the more impersonal 'Gump'. There's none of the film's heart in evidence here.

Rather than bringing it all home with Forrest, Jenny, Lieutenant Dan and Forrest Junior, as Zemeckis and co. do in the second half of their film, Groom writes the second half of his novel into the ground. The main companion for Gump in this turgid, leaden limp to the finish line is not Jenny or Dan or his own inner monologue, but a male ape called Sue. Winston Groom might have provided him with a few basic cues, but Eric Roth earned that golden statue (and let's not forget he was up against Frank Darabont for The Shawshank Redemption that year). Under our noses, he seemed to have performed a feat of pure alchemy. ( )
  MikeFutcher | May 13, 2021 |
First - as you can gather from the other reviews. The book is not the movie... the characters are the same (more or less) but the movie takes a bit of the gist of the book and spins it in a whole 'nother direction and one that pleasingly incorporates all those iconic images from each era.
The book plays out as a series of vignettes that are thinly strung together. Forrest bounces from situation to situation (some you'll recognize from the movie). The vignettes are sometimes satirical, sometimes social commentary, and sometimes just plain silly. The language is at times a little difficult to stomach - but Forrest is a character that comes from the pre-civil rights south, and an idiot savant to boot - so, the language is part of the character and the era.
It was a quick read. I enjoyed this, for the most part - I did laugh out loud several times while reading it. It's enjoyable - but won't be shelves among the favorites that I re-read. I gave it 4 stars - because it's not quite a 3. I'd give it a 3 1/2 stars if I could.
Now I'm going to go pop some popcorn and watch the movie (which IS one of my favorites). ( )
  wills2003 | Jul 30, 2020 |
I had read this at least 5 years after the movie had come out, partly because a friend explained to me that the narrator was not, indeed, a person of relatively low intelligence, but actually just someone who was very deliberate and slow. I thought I might give it a chance and I was charmed appropriately. Beyond that, I only really enjoyed the focus on being wise. The story was cutesy to me and didn't have as much ooomph as I'd like, but the characters were well developed even while the story felt a little bit lacking. This is also a review of a book I had read over a decade ago, so please don't shoot me. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Conseguí leer este libro antes de ver la película. Las situaciones eran bastante buenas y la películas las aprovechó muy bien. El autor se empeñó en escribir el libro en primera persona y el lenguaje simplón y tosco hace muy difícil seguir la historia. Un caso clásico en el que la película es mejor que el libro. ( )
  Remocpi | Apr 22, 2020 |
Skip the book and rewatch the movie ( )
  dasam | Mar 19, 2020 |
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