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The Green Mile : The Complete Serial Novel (original 1996; edition 2000)

by Stephen King

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Member:KafkaMaze
Title:The Green Mile : The Complete Serial Novel
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Scribner (2000), Edition: 1st Scribner Ed, Hardcover, 400 pages
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The Green Mile by Stephen King (1996)

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    Different Seasons by Stephen King (sturlington)
    sturlington: If you enjoyed The Green Mile, you should read King's novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, contained in this collection.
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    Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (shesinplainview)
    shesinplainview: Different stories, but both are about people who had to pay for murders they didn't commit.
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outstanding story telling ( )
  deldevries | Jan 31, 2016 |
4.5****

Oh, my ….

Paul Edgecombe narrates this story that took place in 1932, when he was the head guard on E Block at Cold Mountain Prison (i.e. The Green Mile). He and his fellow guards – Dean Stanton, Harry Terwilliger, and Brutus Howell – were witness to some extraordinary events that year, and were forced to make some difficult choices. It was the year of John Coffey – “just like the drink, only spelled different.” And it was the year of Percy Wetmore – a small, mean man with political connections, who took this job rather than a cushy administrative gig because he enjoyed inflicting pain.

The convicted killers on E Block had been sentenced to death, and it was the guards’ job to see to it that this sentence was carried out. Paul and his regular crew took seriously the mandate to help their charges face their death with as much composure as possible. While they certainly didn’t befriend the inmates, if a man accepted his sentence and behaved reasonably well, he was treated humanely – even kindly. Except by Percy, of course, who was very aware that no one liked him and who especially targeted those who had laughed at him or whom he perceived as weaker.

But Coffey is like no other prisoner Edgecombe has seen. There is something “innocent” and gentle about this giant of a man with the mind of a child. Slowly the guards come to understand that Coffey is truly special and they are forced to question the law, their duty and their faith.

King is a masterful writer. He draws the reader into the world of the book, leaving behind today’s reality to immerse himself in King’s fiction. I’ve read King before and am a fan of his works. I know that even a large volume reads fairly quickly. Still, when planning my reading schedule, I gave myself a week to read this 500+ page book. I finished it in 3 days. The book was originally published as a serial novel – a section every month for 6 months. Because of this he had to repeat some information to refresh the reader’s minds about key elements before continuing the story the next month. But it has since been published in its entirety as one novel; some editing would have eliminated the unnecessary repetition. And for this I deducted ½ star. It’s still a great book; have the tissues ready for Part Six. ( )
  BookConcierge | Jan 27, 2016 |
One of the few books that have made me cry. ( )
  Belles007 | Jan 17, 2016 |
In a departure from his normal style Stephen King wrote the Green Mile as 6 separate episodes to be published in order and apart so that no one could look at the end to see what happens.

The story is the memoirs of an ex prison guard working on death row and what happened the year an extraordinary prisoner joined them John Coffey.

Convicted of the rape and murder of 2 young girls Coffey appears to be a gentle peaceful soul this impression only increases as the novel progresses.

King uses this novel to comment on the treatment of blacks and strangers, the quality of evidence and the use of the death penalty in America.

A stunning story ( )
  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
the is the intertwined stories of Paul Edgecome and John coffee. Paul is the head man in charge on death row at cold mountain prison. John is sent their for the rape and murderer of two little girls. ( )
  JWarrenBenton | Jan 4, 2016 |
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This happened in 1932, when the state penitentiary was still at Cold Mountain.
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Atonement was powerful; it was the lock on the door you closed against the past.
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This isn't actually just one volume, but a collection of six separate parts of the whole...
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At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, along the lonely stretch of cells known as the Green Mile, killers await death, whilst their guards watch over them. Good or evil, innocent or guilty, none of them have ever seen the likes of brutal new prisoner John Coffey, seemingly a devil in human form.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0671041789, Mass Market Paperback)

This novel taps into what Stephen King does best: character-driven storytelling. The setting is the small "death house" of a Southern prison in 1932. The charming narrator is an old man looking back on the events, decades later. Maybe it's a little too cute, maybe the pathos is laid on a little thick, but it's hard to resist the colorful personalities and simple wonders of this supernatural tale. As Time magazine put it, "Like the best popular art, The Green Mile has the courage of its cornier convictions ... the palpable sense of King's sheer, unwavering belief in his tale is what makes the novel work as well as it finally does." And it's not a bad choice for giving to someone who doesn't understand the appeal of Stephen King, because the one scene that is out-and-out gruesome can be easily skipped by the squeamish. The Green Mile was nominated for a 1997 Bram Stoker Award.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:28 -0400)

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Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk the Green Mile, keeping a date with "Old Sparky," Cold Mountain's electric chair. Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working the Mile. But he's never seen anyone like John Coffey, a man with the body of a giant and the mind of a child, condemned for a crime terrifying in its violence and shocking in its depravity. In this place of ultimate retribution, Edgecombe is about to discover the terrible, wondrous truth about Coffey, a truth that will challenge his most cherished beliefs ... and yours.… (more)

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