Sunday, April 29, 2007

Gump & Co.

Gump & Co. by Winston Groom

The book Gump & Co. is a continuation of the story of Forest Gump as seen in the movie and book by the same name. In it, we learn of Forest's travels and adventures throughout the 1980s and early 90s. He once again is involved in numerous historical events such as the Iran Contra affair, the Whitewater scandal, the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, as well as an insider trading debacle, the felling of the Berlin Wall, and the Persian Gulf War. He also briefly played professional football for the New Orleans Saints, was an encyclopedia salesman, was involved with the development of New Coke, served a stint as a pig farmer, and ended up as a wealthy oyster harvester down in the Gulf of Mexico. All was told with various humorous events incoroporated and seemingly impossible coincidences which Forest found himself as a central part of each of these famous events. I've not read the original book but this was a bit less entertaining than the movie of the original.

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