Gump and Co.
|Gump & Co.|
|Preceded by||Forrest Gump (1986)|
|Followed by||Gumpisms: The Wit and Wisdom of Forrest Gump (1994)|
After the death of Jenny, and failure of the Gump Shrimp Company, Forrest and his son find a way to stumble through life and history.
On the first page, Forrest Gump tells readers "Don't never let nobody make a movie of your life's story," though "Whether they get it right or wrong, it don't matter."
However, the character is not an idiot savant, as in the first book, but more similar to Tom Hanks' "kind hearted imp". Frequent spelling and grammar mistakes, in the text, are used as a device to indicate the character's deficient education and cognitive difficulties.
He plays football for the New Orleans Saints, sells encyclopedias door-to-door, works on a pig farm, and helps develop the infamous New Coke. He accidentally crashes the Exxon Valdez, helps destroy the Berlin Wall, and fights in Operation Desert Storm with his friend, an orangutan named Sue (who survived a NASA mission and cannibals, with Gump, in the first book).
He meets many celebrities, including Colonel Oliver North, the Ayatollah Khomeini, John Hinckley, Jim Bakker, Ivan Boesky, Ronald Reagan, Saddam Hussein, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Tom Hanks (who plays Forrest in the movie).
Throughout the book, Jenny appears to Forrest as a guardian angel, and advises him to "listen to Lieutenant Dan." Lt. Dan frequently mentions a fondness for oysters, and oystering re-vitalizes the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.
A screenplay was written by Eric Roth in 2001, based on Gump and Co..
The proposed film was mentioned in Cecil B. Demented, a John Waters film. In Cecil, the planned sequel for the movie Forrest Gump is called Forrest Gump, Gump Again.
The book is available from bookstores and various retailers; and, the film version is still in development, despite delays.
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