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The Green Mile [Paperback]

Stephen King
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of King's best March 19 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm sure lot's of other people have written vast amounts on the plot of this book, so I'll try and keep it brief. For people who loved The Shawshank Redemption, King returns to writing a story about prison in the 30's. Only this time it's the death row prison, where inmates have short stays. A truly compelling story from page to page. Originally it was a serial novel, split into 6 parts. The parts are in the complete novel and while sometimes there is backtracking and reiterating it does not lessen the book's qualitites. What you have here is King writing as only he does. His ability to take the odd/supernatural and mix it with rich characters and interesting plots, is why he is such an acclaimed and loved author. I'm sure many people have seen the film version of this book and while it is one of the most faithful to his work, I still think that reading the book would be better. I read many books a year and it's rare that one can actually make me tear up, but The Green Mile made me do just that. You will not be disapointed if you read this!
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4.0 out of 5 stars good March 3 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This has been my favorite movie for a long time. I had never read the book until now. The book is just as good as the movie. I didn't realize this was a stephen king novel! Quite a surprise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars King does it again Feb. 9 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Loved this book. It was the first serial novel I had ever read and it was great. With a great story, emotional depth and King's supernatural flare, it lived up to all my expectation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and gooey into the dark matter of the brain. Aug. 22 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I wouldn't trade in a single character, from Mr. Jingles to Coffee. Five thumbs up if I had them. I read the hard cover novel, unable to believe this was written as installments -- and King claims he didn't know the ending himself. Stream of consciousness story-telling? Fantastic. What drives this, as all King novels, is character, not suspense. King knows people. He drills deep and gooey into the dark matter of the human brain, mess and all. But I don't think of King as a "horror" novelist. He merely observes, and creates elaborate and visual metaphors for what he finds. The Green Mile does it with less mess and horror than his other novels. Bravo, Mr. King.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book "The GReen Mile" Aug. 22 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Well, first of all, when I ordered this product, I was not realising that I was ordering a "book" I wanted to order the video of that same tittle... but when it was delivered here, I started reading it and of course the whole story is much more explicit than the movie of the same tittle! So I am glad that I made this mistake, after seeing the movie on TV, I have more of the details about where it's coming from!!! I did not finish reading it yet, but so far I just love it! Stephen King is a very great author!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Given as a Gift April 5 2013
By Sparkle
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm alone in my family when it comes to my love of books so when I found out that my step-daughter's favorite movie was The Green Mile, I knew I had to buy this book for her. I got it for her for Christmas and when she opened it, she didn't even know that there was a book, let alone that it was written by Stephen King. The girl who hasn't picked up a book since she put down Twilight halfway through it started reading it within a week. She asked me what other movies are based on books. I told her all the best ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What Happens in the Book, Stays in the Book Feb. 20 2013
By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Paul Edgecombe is the "bull-goose screw" in charge of the Green Mile, Cold Mountain Penitentiary's death row. He and his fellow guards have learned to keep things calm on their cell block. They make it clear that misbehavior will not be tolerated, but within reason they grant the condemned prisoners' requests. Things run smoothly.

In the fall of 1932 some new personalities join the mix and things change. Percy Wetmore is a new guard who doesn't want things to run smoothly--he wants to bully and humiliate the prisoners. Eduard Delacroix is a newly condemned prisoner who just wants to teach tricks to Mr. Jingles, a mouse who has found its way into the cell block. "Wild Bill" Wharton is dangerous to anyone who comes near his cell because "he just doesn't care about anything." And John Coffey is a gentle giant, convicted of the brutal rape-murder of two young girls but as quiet and well-behaved a prisoner as the guards have ever seen. As events unfold, it becomes clear that John Coffey has some unusual abilities.

I was a fan of The Green Mile movie, but for some reason put off reading the book. Reading it was a pleasant experience, indeed. First, the movie seems to follow the book closely--most of what I liked about it was in the book to begin with. The book also offered some additional enjoyment. It is structured as two parallel stories, one in 1932 in Cold Mountain Penitentiary and the other in a 1990's retirement home where Paul Edgecombe shares his story with a fellow resident. The interweaving of these two stories and the disclosure of information as they both proceed is skillfully done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great on Audio Dec 10 2012
By comfyc
Format:Audio CD
This book is the perfect combination of fear, love, and history. It's just a masterpiece, and an extremely fun piece to read.
The mix of stories, from the past and the present, go together beautifully, and intertwine so well near the end.
I recently read this book for a second time, on audiobook, which was also a delight. The voices are not over-dramatic, and are played out in a way that makes the voices disappear, and complete the link between the reader and the story.
I would recommend this book to anyone from age thirteen and up, as it is especially entertaining for teenagers who are just getting into the work of Stephen King. I would consider this one of my favourite Stephen King novels.
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