Forrest Gump

What is the setting of Forrest Gump by Winston Groom?

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Forrest Gump is set in the 1960s and 1970s in a broad variety of places, none of which is portrayed in any detail. They are merely backdrops for the current action. The only thing they have in common is that the police are fast to chase away derelicts. The narrator, Forrest Gump, a man in his thirties with an IQ of 70, placing him in the imbecile/moron range, is born and raised in Mobile, AL, by a sheltering, widowed Mama. His size and speed get him out of "special school" to play high school and college football, with special academic considerations. The University of Alabama is in Tuscaloosa, but little of the campus is seen, and the same can be said of the Orange Bowl in Miami, FL. Event rather than locale drive the story. After flunking out of college, Forrest is drafted into the U.S. Army and completes boot camp at Ft. Benning, GA. He makes general comments about Army life and relates how he blows up the kitchen and is chased around camp by his sergeant, but offers no detail about the camp.