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The Green Mile by Stephen King

The Green Mile (original 1996; edition 1999)

by Stephen King

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Title:The Green Mile
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Pocket Books (1999), Paperback
Collections:Your library
Tags:read in 1990s, thriller, movie, horror

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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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Does anyone remember that The Green Mile was released as a serial novel when it was first published? It was in six parts or something like that. I would read a portion and then have to flippin' wait to find out what happened next. The thought of putting up with that now, at a time when it seems like if a few more dollars can be squeezed from a buyer then let it be so, it's unthinkable if I can avoid it. But back when I was a teenager, I got a kick out of the thrill and surprise of waiting. It also helps that The Green Mile is one of Stephen King's better novels. ( )
  Daniel.Estes | Sep 13, 2015 |
An incredible story. The method of storytelling (non-chronological) makes it feel as though you are really listening to the tale of an old man in a nursing home. I adore the buildup of character backgrounds and identities, the slow unraveling of the story of John Coffey, and the occasional "rebuilding" of already experiences episodes near the beginning of each "book." Some of Stephen King's works truly suck, but books like this keep him near the top of the literary pyramid. ( )
  benuathanasia | Jul 28, 2015 |
I read this the way he intended it to be read in installements.
Well before the filming of the movie.
I can say I enjoyed it at the time but am unlikely to read it again. ( )
  Urthwild | Nov 30, 2014 |
I read this the way he intended it to be read in installements.
Well before the filming of the movie.
I can say I enjoyed it at the time but am unlikely to read it again. ( )
  Urthwild | Nov 30, 2014 |
I read this the way he intended it to be read in installements.
Well before the filming of the movie.
I can say I enjoyed it at the time but am unlikely to read it again. ( )
  Urthwild | Nov 30, 2014 |
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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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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.

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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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