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The Green Mile Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1999
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Maybe it's a little too cute (there's a smart prison mouse named Mr. Jingles), maybe the pathos is laid on a little thick, but it's hard to resist the colorful personalities and simple wonders of this supernatural tale. And it's not a bad choice for giving to someone who doesn't understand the appeal of Stephen King, because the one scene that is out-and-out gruesome (it involves "Old Sparky") can be easily skipped by the squeamish.
The Green Mile won a 1997 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel; and Tom Hanks stars in a film of the novel by Frank Darabont, the director of The Shawshank Redemption (from King's collection Different Seasons). --Fiona Webster --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Boston Globe King surpasses our expectations, leaves us spellbound and hungry for the next twist of plot.
Entertainment Weekly [The Green Mile] has everybody talking....[King's] best fiction in years....A prison novel that's as haunting and touching as it is just plain haunted.
USA Today One of King's most immediately engaging page-turners.
The New York Times Mr. King now dominates like Carrie at the prom.
Top Customer Reviews
This is the first Stephen King novel I've ever read. I don't care for horror and supernatural stories, but this particular story I felt needed to be read, not for the supernatural tale, but for the human experience.
In the 6 sections of the serial novel that comprises the paperback, King develops the story of John Coffey, who is sent to death row, which is also called "The Green Mile", for the rape and murders of twin girls. However, Paul Edgecombe, security guard, doesn't believe that this man, who's afraid of the dark, could have committed such a terrible crime. Intertwined within this story are subplots that include, Percy Wetmore, Eduard Delacroix, and William 'Billy The Kid' Wharton, and of course Mr. Jingles.
The movie is approximately 3 hours long, and it was worth every minute. I read the book in 2 days, and that's a record for me, and it was also worth every minute.
King has produced a profoundly moving story and I assure you, the last fifty pages of this book will be read through tear-filled eyes.
The characters and story are memorable; the lessons and messages are clear.
I absolutely loved this book...I think you will too! (Let's all hope Hollywood does a good job with it) Most highly recommended!
What I liked about the book is that Stephen King was able to humanize everyone. In spite of being Death Row inmates, one can almost feel a sympathy for these men, except for Wild Bill Wharton, of course. John Coffey's tears, Delacroix's friendship with a stray mouse -- it was an interesting contrast to our popular perceptions of 'hardened criminals.' Also, the interactions between the 'guilty' men on the inside and the 'innocent' men on the outside make you think about who is more capable of evil (study Percy Whetmore).
I agreed with one reviewer that, in collapsing the series into one novel, there was some unnecessary repetition at the beginning of each segment. Aside from that, I had very few problems with the book, and I cried when I finished reading it. Not the reaction I expected to have upon arriving at the end of a Stephen King novel. But, I leave you to judge for yourself. Also, go see the movie -- it is equally beautiful, and brings the characters (specifically John Coffey and Percy Whetmore) to life in a way that you can't get from reading the book. If anything, watch it for Mr. Jingles.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the spiritual undertones. King made me feel like I was there in 1932. All loose ends tied up. Hated for it to end.Published 2 days ago by Linda
Great finish to a great series. I love the movie, and these books are even better. I'm glad to know the movie is just like the books.Published 6 days ago by Jwalla75110
This book and Shawshank Redemption are the two best jobs of writing Stephen King has ever done (in my opinion). Read morePublished 9 days ago by Linda Porter
I have this before but I bought it because I lost my copy and I wanted a complete set.Published 11 days ago by Evil Queen
What's not to like? Quite simply, the most enjoyable read. Supreme story telling, poignant moments and great characterization. I came late to King....the last eighteen months... Read morePublished 17 days ago by JEMSON
Part 5 was a little weird, but this finale made up for it big time. John Coffey is the man.Published 29 days ago by patg