- Mass Market Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Signet (MM); First Printing/Part 3 edition (May 17 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451190548
- ISBN-13: 978-0451190543
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 0.7 x 17.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 45.4 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,256,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Green Mile, Part 3: Coffey's Hands Mass Market Paperback – May 1 1996
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Harking back to the early days of the novel, The Green Mile is being published in six monthly installments. It's a great idea for a writer like Stephen King, famous for page-turning, nail-biting suspense. Like his earlier book The Shawshank Redemption, which became a hit movie, this one is set inside a prison; the title refers to the green-linoleum-covered corridor leading from death row to the electric chair. The narrator is an appealing prison superintendent, puzzled by the arrival of the enigmatic John Coffey, a huge, gentle, silent man accused of a double child rape-murder. Did he do it? Is the vicious guard going to do something awful, or have something done to him? Read the next installment.
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I highly recommend the series to all Stephen King fans.
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The Ugly: As I said, there is hardly anything wrong with this book. The only thing I couldn’t stand about the book was the fact that it was told in flashback form. I don’t know what it is, but when it comes to flashbacks I don’t usually have a problem with them. It was just in this book it didn’t seem to work out for me.
The Bad: Just because a man isn’t smart, doesn’t mean that he won’t be able to find a way to make it be known that he wasn’t the one to the kill the girls. Just by looking at the man, one would be able to tell that he wasn’t a killer. Sadly, he wasn’t smart enough to even kill a person. I know it was part of the book, but it also hurt the story going through.
The Good: The emotions of the book is what drove it along. And it was what made the book so damn good. King was brilliant in the way he made everyone seem like their lives are nothing more than their emotions in the writing. It just seemed that this is the most emotional book that King has written.
Final Thoughts: Even if you have seen this movie, you need to read this book. Easily one of King’s best books just because of the emotion in it.
happens from the time the crime is committed, To the final determination of guilt. It shows also the racial
bigotry of that era and how people of color received that justice. Even in prison people can be merciful.
It also can show how political influence plays out in how people are hired, Promoted. Even in todays time,
Those with the political clout are given the preferred positions and promotions. This book is a great writing
If you're familiar with, and have read Stephen King's work, then in many ways you know what to expect from this novel: dialogue, including slang and vernacular, are handled beautifully in this novel, and as always, makes you feel like someone you know is relating this story to you. In the case of "The Green Mile", this is especially true since this is one of King's only books to use the first person perspective throughout. And it's not simply that instead of a lot of third person phrasing it uses first person phrasing, but that the narrator himself is truly a character both within and outside the story. What I mean by this is that "The Green Mile" takes the format of an old man recalling, bit by bit, his experiences from 60 years prior. As would be befitting of something like this, this means the narrative is frequently interjected with frank opinions, incongruous recollections, and general use of slang that makes it feel exactly like a real person is recalling a real set of memories. To some this might make the story somewhat confusing; at times, the narrative doubles back on itself (though this is mostly an artifict of the conversion from serial novella to one piece novel), and each chapter begins in the present day before flipping back to the 1930s.
Unlike many of King's novels, this story is largely devoid of any monsters, aliens, or magical happenings. In fact, other than a few scenes (possibly a half-dozen in number or so), this story reads mostly as a period piece centered around one strange man's time on death row. But this isn't a bad thing at all; this story is still incredibly compelling, reading like a combination of a character study and a classic mystery tale. The eventual plot twist heigtens the drama and throws things for a loop, which makes the conclusion of both the 1930s plot, and the current day plot nothing short of memorable to a degree that might bring forth a few tears. I would definitely advise that you leave yourself an hour or so to read right through the final chapters of the novel to avoid interrupting the pace and emotional impact.