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Paperback The Green Mile Book

ISBN: 0452278902

ISBN13: 9780452278905

The Green Mile

(Part of the The Green Mile Series)

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Stephen King's classic #1 New York Times bestselling dramatic serial novel and inspiration for the Oscar-nominated film starring Tom Hanks Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Stephen King is my favorite author at present.

I grew into Stephen King books and have read him since he first came out. I like his style of writing. You never get bored, you always have interesting plots in every paragraph. Most of all, I am glad that his scary-ness usually has a point to it more than just making you shiver. Many of his stories are not gory- scary and this is one. So if you have never read Stephen King this a good one to start with. I just had to have a copy to add to my collection. A good book from an excellent writer.

King finally writes his "Great American Novel"

I count myself as a "dispassionate King fan". By that I mean I have read the majority of his works and find his efforts uneven. Great work such as The Stand and The Shining is offset by the occasional abomination The Tommy Knockers (which he admitted to writing while stoned) and, recently, The Colorado Kid. With King you are never sure what you will get---genius or hackneyed tripe. King is a master of characterization and setting a hypnotic mood, which often overwhelms plot and theme. He tends to take the novel's open-ended format and drones on-and-on with superfluous minutia. King is successful when the work's format imposes discipline upon his work. His short stories and novellas tend to be consistently better than his mega-tomes. The Green Mile created the ideal structure for King. Originally released in six monthly serialized segments, each month forced King to create a logical ebb and flow in the action building to natural and satisfying crescendos. Why this is important is that it brought to the forefront King's exceptional abilities of characterization in a work about the human condition. The characters in The Green Mile were some of the most vividly drawn in all literature. The stereotypical cruel prison guard was supplanted by the compassion of the main character and head guard Paul Edgecombe. The prisoners likewise presented a mosaic of humanity that added to the story's rich texture--the lost soul Eduard Delacroix, the demonic William "Wild Bill" Wharton, and the messianic John Coffey (J.C. get it?). This book has it all: depravity and redemption, compassion and cruelty, dignity and sadism. It is a true tour-de-force, undoubtedly King's best, and destined to be enshrined as one of the Great American Novels. A must read!


Excelente historia de Stephen King, en la cual relata la vida de un carcelero de los años 30, el cual se topa con un preso con poderes divinos, que le cambiaran la vida a él y a todos los que trabajan ahi. Realmente uno de los mejores libros de Stephen King que he leido, muy recomendable.

A magnetic book with a deeply involving story

Is John Coffey a Murderer? As the large man is admitted to Death Row at Cold Mountain Penitentiary saying, "I tried to take it back, but it was too late," that is question Paul Edgecombe, head of security, must ask himself.After some investigation, and with the help of Eduard Delecroix, a convicted murderer, and his pet mouse Mr. Jingles, Paul discovers the truth and is forced to make the most difficult decision of his life. Along the way, William "Billy the Kid" Wharton comes to the Green Mile (so named for its lime carpeting) and shakes things up, just adding to the trouble caused by Percy Wetmore, the antagonistic rookie guard.The book is told in first person and six parts, as Paul Edgecombe recounts the events and carries on a simultaneous present tense story. I liked the book it has realistic dialogue as well as a down-to-earth view during the Great Depression, and the way it was written in parts gives it a unique feel. The Green Mile, by Stephen King, is definately worth the read.


This book is an old man's (Paul Edgecomb - the head prison guard at Cell Block E), recollection of events that occurred in 1932 at the Cold Mountain State Penitentiary. In particular, it focuses on John Coffey, a convicted murderer and rapist of two small girls, convicted murder and psychopath William (Billy the Kid) Wharton and convicted murder Delacroix. And a mouse by the name of "Mr. Jingles". It is the story of a special gift which one of these prisoners possesses, one that none of us would probably want.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!

The Green Mile Mentions in Our Blog

The Green Mile in Top 10 Stephen King Adaptations
Top 10 Stephen King Adaptations
Published by Amanda Cleveland • August 31, 2023

With more than fifty shows, over sixty movies, plus nine unnecessary Children of the Corn sequels, Stephen King has nearly as ubiquitous an appearance on screen as in print. Here are the internet's definitive Top 10 Stephen King adaptations. Read more to see if you agree.

The Green Mile in Long Live The King: 9 of Stephen King's Best Books
Long Live The King: 9 of Stephen King's Best Books
Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • September 11, 2019

It's been quite a week for Stephen King with the releases of both It Chapter 2, the movie and his new novel, The Institute. But then again, with about 80 books and dozens of hit movies to his name, maybe it's just like any other workweek. In any case, we're superfans and wanted to showcase a few of our top picks from the versatile author. (Psst, it's not all horror)

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