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The Shawshank Redemption Paperback – February 16, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Time Warner Paperbacks (February 16, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751514624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751514629
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The indisputable King of horror. TIME MAGAZINE One of the few horror writers who can truly make the flesh creep. SUNDAY EXPRESS One of the most engrossing reads I've had for months... written in a spare style that makes every detail count in the end- this is short story writing at its compelling best. FILM REVIEW It's one of King's best books, mainly because the writing is varied and unexpectedly concise. TIME OUT

About the Author

Born in Portland, Maine in 1947, Stephen King won a scholarship award to the Univ. of Maine and later taught English. It was the publication of his first novel CARRIE and its subsequent film adaptation that set him on his way to his present position as perhaps the bestselling author in the world.

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Doctor Sleep and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Customer Reviews

After watching the movie, I just knew I had to read the book.
Ryan
Shortly after watching the movie i decided to go out and get myself the book, which turned out to be just as good.
Kevin77
In the end this book is a great book that is a short and easy read for a reader of any level.
Reed

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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just love Stephen King's books, okay? I've read them all, except RIDING THE BULLET, because I'm on the computer enough already, and I personally like to have a book with paper pages to pour over while I'm on a plane or a couch or a beach.

So I have read King--in hardback--for years. I always buy his books as soon as they are published. Then I buy them in paperback for tote-ability. They don't weigh as much, and therefore don't load me down when I'm walking mile-long concourses, nor hurt my stomach when I am (re)-reading them on the beach.

To me, all of his books are marvelous. But SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION is his best story EVER.

This story is actually one of four in King's book, DIFFERENT SEASONS. And it is actually entitled "HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL RITA HAYWORTH AND THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION." Preceding the story, there is a single page with a single sentence which says, "It is in the tale, not he who tells it." Oh, and this tale does tell itself, but if King had not put it down for us, (pen to paper, so to speak) we would never have had the gift of this masterpiece to even consider.

When you realize the King of Horror has written a work that would catapult most authors into the galaxy of writers' stardom, and that it is just one of his many, many works, you just have to appreciate what a great WRITER King is. Sound silly? Well, as we all know, there are best-selling authors out there who are not particularly good writers. King sets this story down with a writing skill so superior that it is difficult to imagine something more perfectly written.

Of course I saw the movie, and it was fairly true to the book.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By T. Evensen on September 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
Like the many others before me, I too have seen the movie "The Shawshank Redemption". And like them all, I too was in tears at the end of the movie.
The book and the movie is not that different except for some few minor changes(Red is white, and that's maybe a big change?). The novella is just over 100 pages which is in my opinion way too short for a book making, in my opinion, the greatest movie of perhaps all time. That is my only minus with this novella.

The story is about a man named Andy Dufresne, imprisoned for a killing his wife and her lover. In the prison of Shawshank he suffers terrible crimes of inhumanity.
Over the years he befriends a few convicts, who as it turns out is not as inhumane as the rest of the convicted beasts and guards.
With his friends, especially Red, a great friendship is forged and through common acts of humanity hope is finally born.

The thing about this story is that it's so human. It's not complex or simple, it's pure and utterly human. That draws you in, you cannot resist Stephen King's writing as it is so beautiful. The story shows you the most darkest of human deeds and the noblest of acts.

One of my favorite parts of the story is when they drink beer and how the Red explains that they were as free men for one day. The feeling I get while reading that chapter is so joyously good.

As you read this novella you will feel the film score of Thomas Newman graciously following. If you have not watched the movie, I strongly suggest you see it.

The bottom point is that you will be moved by this story, not simply because it's written so well but simply put because it's so human. Everyone can relate to the characters in some way. I strongly suggest buying this novella.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kevin77 on December 6, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
A few years ago my uncle up in Maine, who is a huge Stephen King fan, made me sit down and watch the movie from start to finish. At first I was bored with it. I wanted the movie to turn into a tale of demons or aliens or freaky Stephen King stuff. Turned out the movie didnt need any of that to make it my favorite movie of all time. After the movie was over I could not believe that it was based on a book by King. Shortly after watching the movie i decided to go out and get myself the book, which turned out to be just as good. When Andy escaped and had his armed raised up towards the sky with the rain pouring down on him really made me tingle inside. What an extraordinary and epic book an movie. I recommend them to anybody who appreciates life.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By April VINE VOICE on July 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am willing to bet the majority of people reading this review have already seen the film version of The Shawshank Redemption. If you have not seen the movie, stop reading my review and go watch the film. . The Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King is a relatively short book.

I felt the characters were fascinating. I genuinely liked Andy Dufresne, disliked the corrupt guards known as screws, and Red - the man who can get you anything in prison. Andy embodies hope within the most confining circumstances, jailed for murder of his wife and her lover -- he really has little hope of parole. There's no way he'd ever get out, as the DA used Andy's case as leverage into a higher position. You have the guards who represent the institution, who do their best to exploit Andy's tax-preparing expertise, and try to squelch Andy's hope. You have Red who's been in jail for so long that it feels safe to him, he has a position of prominence within the prison as the man who can get anything. Red makes for an intriguing study of the psychological effect of institutionalization.

I loved King's writing style, he can really make me guffaw, then feel broken hearted, then fit to burst with joy all on one page. I know some people hate King and his super-long books, but I am an unabashed King fan. I think there is a reason he is the king of horror, and I think his efforts to reach into other genres are fantastic (i.e. The Green Mile -- wasn't horror to me), so maybe I do have some bias. I love that King makes me contemplate the freedom of being able to see the night-sky unimpeded by bars.
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