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The Green Mile Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1999
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When Stephen King originally wrote The Green Mile as a series of six novellas, he didn't even know how the story would turn out. And it turned out to be of his finest yarns, tapping into what he does best: character-driven storytelling. The setting is the small "death house" of a Southern prison in 1932. The Green Mile is the hall with a floor "the color of tired old limes" that leads to "Old Sparky" (the electric chair). The charming narrator is an old man, a prison guard, looking back on the events decades later.
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.
Entertainment Weekly A literary event.
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.
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The book has many interesting episodes, due mainly to the very characteristic people on the Green Mile. The reader also meets the mouse Mr. Jingles who will play an important part in the story. If you have seen the movie, you will notice when reading the book that it doesn't differ much from the movie, but has the same episodes, and you can easily picture the various situations from the movie.
But the story is also told in a different kind of way in the book, and it gives it a special feeling. King published it not as a single book, but as a serial novel in six installments, as told by Ralph Vicinanza in the introduction which is included in the Kindle edition.
This was my second time reading the book and can't say I was dissapointed. The best book by Stephen King that I have read.
Stephen King writes well, a point that will seem obvious to any one who counts himself a fan.
The Green Mile is an absorbing, escapist tale. King's character portraits are strong, particularly the conflicted "good man" Paul Edgecomb, as he wrestles with good and evil in this engrossing tale. The pace is quick and the story is a rich mix of twists and turns and a very interesting morality tale.
Set in 1932 at Cold Mountain prison, the story surrounds Edgecomb, the boss of that prison's death row. He has participated in the execution of over seventy men, all poster children for the death penalty. Then giant John Coffey, a simpleton possessed with a special grace arrives on E Block to await his walk down the Green Mile (the linoleum tiled floor leading to Old Sparky). Coffey has secretes and powers that reveal themselves to Edgecomb as this story unfolds. Edgecomb is forced to confront the comforting certainties of his life as Coffey's specialness begins to offer both answers and dilemmas to the block chief.
A good book that reads quickly.
The Green Mile is the amazing story of of Paul Edgcombe, a prison guard in charge of death row in Cold Mountain Penitentiary. Though set in one of the worse place imaginable, King gives us a story about goodness, kindness, and love. I had to slow myself down from reading too quickly, so I could enjoy and absorb the story. I hope I am wrong, but I doubt I will ever find another character like Paul Edgcome. I actually made my husband PPV the movie the minute I finished reading the book, though in hindsight, maybe not the best idea, as I was exhausted the nest day. He felt bad for me, since I cried for the last half hour while reading the book!