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The Green Mile : The Complete Serial Novel (edition 2000)

by Stephen King

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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

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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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  briealeida | Feb 6, 2014 |
Supernatural with elements of magical realism. It was interesting how the story is both set in E Block and in The Georgia Pines Retirement Home and how they are compared with each other a little bit. ( )
  SebastianHagelstein | Jan 4, 2014 |
I saw the movie long before I read the book. I have watched it many time since and always loved it. The book, of course, is so much better. You get to hear the characters thoughts both good and bad. You find out info that never made it to the big screen and that info is so worth knowing. ( )
  botkin05 | Dec 27, 2013 |
A wrongfully convicted prisoner on Death Row has miraculous powers of healing.

Good writing, good characters, but still not one of my favorite Kings, and not one I'm in the mood to revisit. Perhaps John Coffey is too saintly? For some reason, this one doesn't ring true to me in the way that many of King's other books do.

Read upon release in 1996 because King is one of my favorite authors. Reviewed from memory. ( )
  sturlington | Nov 28, 2013 |
★★★★★The Green Mile by Stephen King

I have read this multiple time and I loved the green mile. I could not put this book down. This story is set in E block of the prison, in 1932. It begins with twin 8 y.o. girls being raped and murder. And who could have done it, well of course, the out of towner, that is covered in blood. John Coffey, like the drink, but not spelled the same, is convicted and sent to death row. The guards don't know what to do with him. He is a uneducated, black giant of a man. There are several guards, on the block. Paul is the lead, ad he has a feeling John is innocent, but then you have the annoying, want to be, nephew of the warden, he wants to be the one to fry everyone. He wants to throw the switch on Old Sparky.
Eduard Delacroix is one of the inmates. He has a screw loose. He bides his time with a Mr. Jingles, a little mouse he found. Eduard makes Percy look like a fool one day, so he stomps on Mr. Jingles. This is when things begin to happen. The dead mouse is given to John, who cups it in his hands and sucks the death right out of it, the mouse runs off and all this little lights, like fireflies, are released from John's mouth. Then Paul becomes very sick, and John cures him, and again the lights.
Billy the kid is another inmate. He is psychopath. He is always causing problems, spotting , peeing, and screaming.
It comes time for Eduard, and the guards promise to make Mr. Jingles a circus mouse, to meet Old Sparky, and Percy gets his chance. They do practice runs, walkin the mile, walkin the mile, so everything will go as expected for the live execution. Percy being sadist as he is decided to teach Eduard a less for making fun of him. So he purposefully forgets to wet the sponge. Needless to say, it goes terribly wrong. As punishment, he is put in a straight jacket and thrown into a closet, to think about his actions. The warden's wife becomes very sick, when Paul and the other guards hatch a plan to sneak John out of while Percy is tied up. When they arrive at the wardens house, John goes upstairs to the wife. He gives her the kiss of life, and the cancer is gone, but he takes on all her alignments. Upon returning to E Block, John grabs Billy the kid, and releases all the light into him. John touch Paul's arm to show him why.
Later John is walked down the mile, which he is ok with, even though the guards are not.
The story ends with a gentle man telling a story in a nursing home, some 70 years later, of his days as a prison guard, all while feeding Mr.Jingles his dry toast.
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  Chantelle713 | Sep 25, 2013 |
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This happened in 1932, when the state penitentiary was still at Cold Mountain.
Atonement was powerful; it was the lock on the door you closed against the past.
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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.

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Contains all six installments of the serialized horror novel about death row prisoner John Coffey and his fellow inmates and guards in the Green Mile wing of Cold Mountain Penitentiary.

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