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One of King's Best

  • Jun 30, 2010

Paul Edgecombe worked at the state penitentiary with the prisoners…and the electric chair. The Green Mile by Stephen King is the gripping novel that is told by an old man in a nursing home who recalls to events of 1932. This is my second Stephen King book and I wasn’t disappointed with this one. I have never read a book like this one before, so this was a good change.
I think people will like this story because it has good characters, a good plot, and funny at times. John Coffey is one other main character, a prisoner accused of murder. He cries in his cell most of the time, which either tells you he is deeply regretful of his actions, or something more… Paul sees no violence in John whatsoever, which makes him begin to question if he did it at all. I believe this is important because this makes readers question it too.
Eduard Delacroix is another inmate, not as nearly as sad as Coffey. He discovers a mouse and names it Mr. Jingles. The mouse creates a small amount of entertainment for the men who work on the mile, also. I like Delacroix because it is funny to read his English scattered with French terms. It’s also comical to find out that he trains the mouse to do tricks.
William “Billy the Kid” Wharton is my favorite character. He starts out with a bang when he almost strangles Dean Stanton. During the time he is at the prison he performs a series of stunts that keep sending him to the room with soft walls in a straitjacket.
The theme of this book is people may not be what they appear to be on the outside. I think this is a fabulous book and definitely recommend it to other eager readers out there. I love the way King describes everything so intricately like when he writes “The water was so clean and cold that it felt like your mouth was being cut every time you took a sip.”  No matter who you are, you will love this masterpiece!

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December 20, 2010
Nice review. You should read Sean's review: http://www.lunch.com/cafelibri/reviews/book/..._Stays_on_the_Mile.html You both had some great points about this novel!
June 30, 2010
Of all of Stephen King's novels, The Green Mile is easily one of his best works.  I love the story a lot.  Sometimes King really knows how to hit them out of the park.  This is such a moment.
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When Stephen King originally wroteThe Green Mileas 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.

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ISBN-10: 1416524339
ISBN-13: 978-1416524335
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Pocket
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