Date: Thu, 28 Jul 1994 17:46:41 CDT
From: Mike Picone MPICONE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UA1VM.BITNET
Subject: Re: Forrest Gump
According to my recollection also, there was no use of invariant be in
I have had a chance now to glance at excerpts from the book and am
suprised not by the vast difference between the two (which is not an
uncommon reaction, as we all know) but by the fact that the movie, in
my humble opinion, outshines the book, and by no small measure. The Gump
that I see portrayed in the book is much less of an appealing or heroic
figure (in terms of character, not serendipitous achievement). So, if you
have been hesitating to see the film because you didn't like the book, you
may be in for a surprise.
The author does use a certain amount of eye dialect in representing Gump's
speech (and everyone else's as told through Gump's lips). Few r's are
dropped except for poor po and New York New Yawk. There's a lot of
jus for just, axed for asked, thowed for threw and that type of thing, and
the invariant be that has already been mentioned.
Again, one wonders just who is Winston Groom's audience and how much are
speech habits being customized for the sake of that audience. Winston Groom
is, I believe, an Alabama native. At any rate, he graduated from here (Univ.
of Alabama) and now lives down in Point Clear on the shores of Mobile Bay.
University of Alabama