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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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A bit different from King's normal work but still amazing. I loved how each character was written. Even the ones that were 2-d had redeeming features. The novel is about a man who has supernatural abilities but is sent to jail under the assumption that he killed two children. It's moving and sad. Worth it. ( )
  Rosenstern | Sep 14, 2014 |
One of my new favorite books.

This book makes you think about religion, god, good and evil, and humanity. It leaves your heart hurting, yet your mind racing and open.

On an even deeper level it makes you question racism along all the lines I mention in the previous sentence. As an African American woman I get tired of reading stories with overt racist elements, but the way this story is spun will make people who read it, I hope, question what it means that a God (if you believe) created creatures who could be so vile and petty to distinguish between skin colors, and what it means that the person he gave this amazing, HEALING gift to was a black man, especially for the time period this book is set in.

  Czarmoriarty | Aug 19, 2014 |
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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 |
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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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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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