The Green Mile Paperback – Feb 9 1999
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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.Read more ›
Having worked with empaths in my counseling practice, I can vouch for the book's accuracy as well as its breathtaking level of artistic achievement. The healer/empath of this story, John Coffey, experiences the same dread, pain, and ambivalence toward his gift of inner sight and feeling that many emapths must endure; this experience is movingly captured in a single paragraph of King's, in which Coffey explains why he is ready to die in the electric chair: "I'm rightly tired of the pain I hear and feel, boss." (p. 424). It's one of those moments in literature that can turn a book into a classic.
The blurbs on the back cover describe this novel as a "tantalizing page-turner". Try to ignore this nonsense: this book is indeed absorbing, but not in a superficial or sensationalistic way. Instead, it draws the reader into an experience of his own inner life, into a meditation on killing as "correction", into reflections about death and aging that have all the weight and depth of anything from our religious or poetic traditions.Read more ›
This review is really for those non Stephen King fans that haven't yet taken the plunge with one of Americas favorite writers. This is a good place to start if you like a good compelling story. King is a master story teller, and if you've avoided him in the past, like I did, because the blood and gore stuff wasn't your style, I think this book might be a good place to find out what a great story teller King is. The other work I've read, "Deloris Clairborne" is also a great story (and great movie too) that really doesn't have that much in the way of "blood and guts gore." In any case, this story is moving.
I had seen the movie twice before reading this book and I found that it didn't inflict any injury on the story, and in fact, I was impressed by how well the movie was done after reading the book. I kept picturing Tom Hanks as I read the story, like he was really the guy I was reading about. If you like the movie, by all means, jump into the book, it's really very good. If you're unsure, watch the movie first, if you enjoy it, you'll like reading the book and I don't think seeing the movie first ruins it at all.Read more ›
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Absolutely fantastic book. The movie was great; the book was even better.Published 9 months ago by Anne
Surprising how faithful the movie was to this book. It's a great book with a few parts that actually had me tearing up a bit.Published 13 months ago by Kevan
The film based on this book, rates in the top 5 of my all time favorites. Oddly I had never read the book! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome awesome awesome awesome and the movie awesome awesome awesome!!!Published 23 months ago by Willow Wind Book Reviews
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! Read morePublished on March 3 2014 by linda brunet
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2014 by Maureen Redmond