Forrest Gump V. TTTC (Books)
By: Jack Kilmer
How were the two books similar ?
How were they different ?
Which book did you enjoy more ? why?
Which characters did you relate to better? Why?
Summary of Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump is raised by his mother in Mobile, Alabama. Despite being an idiot with a low IQ – which he admits to be – he plays an important roll in the football team of the local high-school. There Forrest also meets Jenny and his friend Bubba, who teaches him how to play harmonica and inspires him to start a shrimp business. Forrest enters the army and is later sent to Vietnam, where he looses his best friend Bubba.
After some eventful years – Forrest plays ping pong in China, becomes member of Jenny’s band, is imprisoned after a Vietnam War demonstration – Forrest is kind of forced to join a NASA project. The mission that sent him together with a woman and an ape called Sue to space fails and after the return Forrest lives some years with a native tribe on a Pacific island.
After his rescue Forrest meets his friends again, Jenny and Dan, whom he knows from the army. Forrest becomes a wrestler, plays successfully chess and acts in a movie until he finds his right job: he starts a shrimp business at the Golf Coast. After unhurriedly working together with ape Sue, Forrest is getting more successful and employs his mother and most of his friends. He even could have become senator if his life before had not been so troublesome. On his holidays Forrest meets Dan and Jenny again. She is married now and raises Forrest’ child that he has not known about. The following weeks Forrest travels with Dan and Sue through the Mississippi region, living a simple but very happy life.