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This review is from: The Green Mile (Mass Market Paperback)
King here delivers a masterpiece. "The Green Mile" is a work of genius that not many authors could have pulled off as well as Stephen King. This amazing novel was originally published as a serial novel in six parts a few years back. The book flows wonderfully even though with the start of a new part King may review the last scene of the last book that was read. I would think that reading each part of the book together as the one whole novel that it is would make the book more enjoyable, so for people who have read this book when it was first being published in parts, you may want to re-read this book to get a better feel for what King is writing.
The novel takes place on the E Block of Cold Mountain Penitentiary (a death row, or "Green Mile") and takes place over a fairly short amount of time. The book tells the story of the times when convicted murderer John Coffey is going to be put to death. The book is told in the first person through the eyes of Paul Edgecombe, the leader of the E Block. This novel also involves many other people, such as the other men that run the E Block and other murderers that are on death row.
There is a hint of the paranormal in this novel, but for horror [fans], there are no scares here. And quite frankly, I have never been scared by a Stephen King novel. I find his books to lean more in the psychological thriller with supernatural elements area. This book also seems a bit different than other King novels. I really can't put my figure on what made this book seem different from his others, but this book leaned to a very literary side than his other books. (I'm not saying that King's books aren't literary. They are!)
One of the things about this book that is so great were the characterizations. Paul Edgecombe is a likeable and believable protaganist as he has his faults and his problems. Some characters, particularly the snobbish Percy, are very hateable, yet you may feel a bit sympathetic for him at times. The murderers that are waiting to "walk the Green Mile" can be felt for as King puts you in their footsteps. John Coffey is one of Stephen King's best characters as you can feel for him on an emotional level.
This book is basically a fictional memoir of Paul Edgecombe as it is written in the first person and the book switches a few times to Paul's life at his nursing home. The book takes place when Paul is a senior citizen. This is another masterpiece by one of the greatest authors of all time. This is a definite must read.