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The Green Mile [Kindle Edition]

Stephen King
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (329 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Stephen King's international bestselling and highly acclaimed novel, also a hugely successful film starring Tom Hanks

The Green Mile: those who walk it do not return, because at the end of that walk is the room in which sits Cold Mountain penitentiary's electric chair. In 1932 the newest resident on death row is John Coffey, a giant black man convicted of the brutal murder of two little girls. But nothing is as it seems with John Coffey, and around him unfolds a bizarre and horrifying story.

Evil murderer or holy innocent - whichever he is - Coffey has strange powers which may yet offer salvation to others, even if they can do nothing to save him.

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This novel (now complete in one volume) taps into what Stephen King does best: character-driven storytelling. The setting is the small "death house" of a Southern prison in 1932. The charming narrator is an old man looking back on the events, decades later. Maybe it's a little too cute, maybe the pathos is laid on a little thick, but it's hard to resist the colourful personalities and simple wonders of this supernatural tale. As Time magazine put it, "Like the best popular art, The Green Mile has the courage of its cornier convictions ... the palpable sense of King's sheer, unwavering belief in his tale is what makes the novel work as well as it finally does". 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 can be easily skipped by the squeamish. The Green Mile was nominated for a 1997 Bram Stoker Award.


"The New York Times" Mr. King now dominates like Carrie at the prom.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2401 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (25 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575084340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575084346
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (329 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,860 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. 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.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book that blew me away 19 Jun. 2004
I watched the film first and I thought it was breath-taking. I then decided to read the book and it was even better.
I had cried at the film and thought since I knew what would happen I wouldn't cry at the book but i cried even more than the film.
I am so glad a got the complete book in one volume because if I had had to wait for the next part for a month I don't know what I would have done.
One of the best 3 books I have ever read.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will never be the same again 30 Nov. 2006
This was the first book I had read by Stephen King as I wrongly thought that he only wrote horror stories. This was one of the most moving stories I have ever read and has prompted me to write to an inmate on death row. I passed the book on to my teenage daughter who was also deeply moved. Well written, thought provoking and consistent, holding the reader right up to the final pages. If it doesn't stir up your emotions you must be dead.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazingly haunting story. 21 Feb. 2004
By Sue Lewendon VINE VOICE
I was one of the people who read this book when it was originally published. It was serialised in 6 short paperbacks, and I had to wait a whole month in between each installment. Every one of them ended on a cliffhanger too!!!
However, I am very glad I was patient enough to read it that way, as this is a story that should not be rushed but savoured.
It is set in the 1930's mainly, although some of it is told from today's point of view. (The main character is narrating his life story to a friend.)
It tells the tale of the prisoners and guards on death row at Cold Mountain Penitentiary. Killers such as 'Billy the Kid' Wharton and the Cajun Eduard Delacroix. With good men to run the 'Mile' such as Paul Edgecombe and Brutus Howell. But even guards can be bad, as is the case with Percy Wetmore.
But the most important and amazing character is the new inmate on the 'Mile', John Coffey. Here is a black mountain of a man who stands accused of murdering two little white girls, two sisters.
But Paul soon starts to wonder about this strange man, how can it be that someone capable of such a horrific crime, can be scared of the dark? King has brought to life a truly outstanding character in Coffey who might just not be who they think he is.
The other prisoners are brilliantly portrayed too. Eduard Delacroix who has trouble understanding English, (unless it's to his benefit of course!), and his little pet mouse he refers to as Mister Jingles. And a fantastic character, Billy the Kid, who is bad to the bone. He does some remarkably funny things in this story that had me laughing out loud.
This is a story like no other I have ever read. It has everything and more you could possibly hope for from the pen of King.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars compelling, thought-provoking tragedy. 18 Oct. 2002
I'm not really a big Stephen King fan, as I don't like horror and blood and guts. However, I thought I'd give this one a try,
and I'm so glad I did. It is a really good story, and even though the subject matter is death and execution, it isn't really gratuitous, but necessary to the story. I have read some of his books and thought they just dealt in sensation, and were out to shock, but this one is a 'proper' story, well-told,and very effective. I read the book really quickly as I couldn't put it down until I'd finished, and I have read it again since, and still think it's great. I also watched the film, and I thought it interpreted the book wonderfully. Usually, I am disappointed if I have read a book first, and then see the film, but this one stuck pretty much to the story, and of course, the acting was wonderful (Tom Hanks, need I say more?). I was very pleasantly surprised by this offerring from Stephen King, and he has definitely gone up in my estimation on the strength of this book. I really enjoyed it, and would recommend it to everyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steven King? 4 Dec. 2002
By Mr M.
Having sat one rainy night and watched the film I thought I'd give the book a try as I was impressed with the film and have to say the book blew me away even more so than the film.
I've tried reading Steven King books before, but found them a bit too much for me. Whether they've been too sci-fi orientated or too horror based they've just not been my cup of tea. But this is a welcome change to Steven's writing. It's very readable and the characters have a lot of depth. I'd recommend this to anyone who has seen the film and enjoyed it, as the supernatural elements are far better described in writing. And for anyone who has not heard of the film or the book, don't be put off by the word 'supernatural' at all - this is a very touching, well-written story that doesn't dwell on the supernatural but more uses it to compliment the situation.
Definitely my favourite book I've read so far!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only possible story to eclipse Shawshank 29 Aug. 2001
By A Customer
I saw the film before I read the book - and was blown away by the intensity of the story. The book proved, as usual, to be even better. The surprising aspect was the fact that the characters in the book, I thought, came to life as the actors in the film. Percy Wetmore, particularly stood out as the snivelling, vindictive, malicious wannabe that was portrayed by the actor (who also did a superb Eugene Tooms in the X-Files). The book had me in tears as much as the film - somehow the written word can be just as emotive. I was initially put off reading it due to the serialisation of books - but then, I'm a hungry reader. A must for all King fans, especially if you loved Shawshank.
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Incredibly good book!!! Everyone who has seen the movie should definitely read the book!!!
Published 17 days ago by Eva Proft
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Can't wait to get to read the rest of the series although I'm finding it hard to get ahold of them
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Published 20 days ago by TINA LEJA
2.0 out of 5 stars Thought the book would have been better than the film
Thought the book would have been better than the film. Kept thinking it would get better , but sadly for me it wasnt to be.
Published 25 days ago by andrew moffat
5.0 out of 5 stars I had read this book many years ago - seems more like centuries to me...
This is a corker of a story, just could not put the book down! I had read this book many years ago - seems more like centuries to me now, so when I saw it while browsing on... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wilma
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
Great story which i first became aware of because of the film. I loved both book and film and would recommend giving them a go.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You'll need tissues!
I feel like a traitor for saying what I'm about to say about such a legendary story with such glowing ratings, but I disliked a good half of this book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zoe
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even if you've seen the film, this book is a 'must read'.
A truly magnificent story, and wonderfully told.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
I enjoyed every minute of reading this book!
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