Level 3 Retold by John Escott Series Editors: Andy Hopkins and Jocelyn Potter
Pearson Education Limited Edinburgh Gate, Harlow, Essex CM20 2JE, England and Associated Companies throughout the world. ISBN 0 582 41781 3 First published in Great Britain by Black Swan 1994 This adaptation first published by Penguin Books 1996 Published by Addison Wesley LongmanLimited and Penguin Books Ltd. 1998 New edition first published 1999 7 9 10 8 Text copyright ©John Escott 1996 Illustrations copyright © David Cuzik (Pennant Illustration Agency) 1996 All rights reserved The moral right of the adapter and of the illustrator has been asserted Typeset by Refine Catch Limited, Bungay, Suffolk Set in ll/14pt Monotype Bembo Printed in Spain by Mateu Cromo, S. A. Pinto(Madrid)
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page Introduction Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Activities Schooland Football Life at University The Big Game Vietnam Danger in the Jungle The White House Meeting Jenny Again Into Space A Real Idiot Money for Playing Games The Shrimp Business Little Forrest iv 1 4 7 10 12 17 22 25 28 32 35 38 42
One day when Curtis had to change a wheel on the car, I helped him. ‘If you’re an idiot,’ he said angrily, ‘how do you know how to do that?’ ‘Maybe Iam an idiot,’ I said, ‘but ‘I’m not stupid.’ I was born an idiot, but ‘I’m cleverer than most people think. We quickly realize this is true in this wonderfully warm and funny story about Forrest Gump, a good-hearted young man from Alabama in the USA. He wins a medal for being very brave in the Vietnam war and meets the President of the United States of America. He becomes a footballer, a filmstar, a businessman and he goes into space. And his best friend is an ape called Sue! Forrest Gump is now a film, with Tom Hanks and Sally Field in it. Tom Hanks won an Oscar for the film in 1994. In its first eighteen days, the film of Forrest Gump took $100 million in American cinemas — more than any other film that Paramount Pictures has made before. Forrest Gump is an unusual man who does a lotof unusual things. Millions of ordinary Americans liked the film. They felt Forrest Gump’s story was also partly a story about themselves and about America from the 1960s to today. Forrest Gump lived the ‘American Dream’. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, you can be anything you want to be. Winston Groom’s other books are Better Times Than These, about the war in Vietnam, and As SummersDie. He lives for some of the time in New York City and for the rest of the time in Clear Point, Alabama.
Chapter 1 School and Football
I was born an idiot ─ but I’m cleverer than people think. I can think things OK, but when I have to say them or write them down, sometimes they come out all wrong. When I was born, my Mom named me Forrest. My daddy died just after I was born. He worked onthe ships. One day a big box of bananas fell down on my daddy and killed him. I don’t like bananas much. Only banana cake. I like that all right. At first when I was growing up, I played with everybody. But then some boys hit me, and my Mom didn’t want me to play with them again. I tried to play with girls, but they all ran away from me. I went to an ordinary school for a year. Then the...