The Green Mile - Stephen King

The Green Mile

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2010-05-11
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 486 Ratings

Description

The #1 New York Times bestselling dramatic serial novel and inspiration for the Oscar-nominated film of the same name starring Tom Hanks, the “literary event” (Entertainment Weekly) of The Green Mile is now available in its entirety.

When The Green Mile first appeared, serialized as one volume per month, Stephen King’s The Green Mile was an unprecedented publishing triumph: all six volumes ended up on the New York Times bestseller list—simultaneously—and delighted millions of fans the world over.

Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk the Green Mile, keeping a date with “Old Sparky,” Cold Mountain’s electric chair. Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working the Mile. But he’s never seen anyone like John Coffey, a man with the body of a giant and the mind of a child, condemned for a crime terrifying in its violence and shocking in its depravity. In this place of ultimate retribution, Edgecombe is about to discover the terrible, wondrous truth about Coffey, a truth that will challenge his most cherished beliefs...and yours.

Reviews

  • For Those Who've Always Wanted to Read King

    4
    By Luzikl15
    If you've always wanted to read Stephen King, but you don't want to check under the bed every night, this is the novel. The fear King impresses in The Green Mile is not outright, but it is still ever present with each sentence. It sheds light on the true evil in the world and the war we wage against it with the Good. King uses the prison setting to show a world where good and evil coincide, and Good doesn't necessarily win out in the end.
  • Better than the movie..

    5
    By Turmat
    I was a bit concerned that, having seen the movie many times, the book would not be entertaining. There was no need for concern. This is the best book that Mr. King has written and it was a absolute pleasure to read. Quite wonderful!
  • Glad

    5
    By Famulibiz
    Never saw movie, book is excellent seemed as though I had seen a screen, keep find myself rethinking character's action, kinda like a what a real good movie can do to a person. King is a master at this guess I may re-read again.
  • Great

    5
    By The Barista
    Read this over a 3 day period. Great story, character development, and a complete joy to read.
  • jumpman23333

    5
    By Jeffffboi23
    BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ BY FAR... EASY TO READ AND SUCH A TOUCHING STORY LOVED EVERYPAGE OF IT
  • A pleasure

    5
    By awsha mikey!
    I've read this twice but do not remember the movie for some reason...haha but I highly recommend this! Stephen king makes amazing prison stories
  • Amazing

    5
    By Dusk blaze
    Amazing and a great piece of literature <3
  • The green mile.....excellent book!

    5
    By GmaB42
    I am not a fan of Stephen King's books, aside from Carrie & The Green Mile I haven't read anything but the descriptions on the Faust jackets. I am so glad I read The Green Mile! It is an amazingly intricate book, written as a memoir of a death row prison guard as he looks back over his most awful, yet touching experience on the job. Exceptionally well written, getting the feel of the terrible depression and what an awful time it was just to survive those times. The way the people were desperate to keep any job that could keep them alive, and the things they had to suffer to remain living with themselves. Also the naïveté of the people, and the cruelty they perpetrated upon one another. One of the best arguments against capital punishment that I can imagine would come from the men who had to do the actual executions. Writing about those times and how the racism was so rampant will not easily be forgotten.
  • Awesome

    5
    By Keith JAN
    Great read...won't want to put it down.
  • One of King's best!

    5
    By nrodriguez55
    I remember reading this when Stephen King was putting them out as novellas..small easy to read books that left you hanging and wanting more…I remember being at the bookstore on the release date for the next novella and blasting through it on the ride back home. This story is TOO good for ANYONE to pass over. The TV miniseries, while excellent, didn't do it justice. Buy this book, read it, laugh, cry and then read some more. This is Stephen King at his best.