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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  134,463 ratings  ·  3,166 reviews
At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, along the lonely stretch of cells known as the Green Mile, killers are depraved as the psychopathic "Billy the Kid" Wharton and the possessed Eduard Delacroix await death strapped in "Old Sparky." Here guards as decent as Paul Edgecombe and as sadistic as Percy Wetmore watch over them. But good or evil, innocent or guilty, none have ever seen ...more
Paperback, Six Volume Box Set , 592 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Penguin Signet (first published 1996)
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CJ Probably the sections that the guards witness every time a prisoner has to walk the green mile to their death. Those are probably the most violent,…moreProbably the sections that the guards witness every time a prisoner has to walk the green mile to their death. Those are probably the most violent, realistic, and therefore intense though this is general and isn't one "part" of the novel.(less)
Teresa Edwards No, Wharton doesn't confess; Paul took a road-trip and talked to a couple of people with ties to the case and, after finding out that Wharton had a…moreNo, Wharton doesn't confess; Paul took a road-trip and talked to a couple of people with ties to the case and, after finding out that Wharton had a previous incident with a minor and had worked at the Detterick farm for three days painting the barn, he came to the conclusion that it was Wharton. So no, it doesn't come out as a definite, but it was implied, I think.(less)
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Ellie
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Ellen
Dec 30, 2007 Ellen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone especially people who arnt into horror and have avoided steven king like the plague
I have just finished this book and wow what a read. I'm not at all into horror, either in books or in films, and even though my boyfriend has for years tried to get me to read Steven King I've avoided him like the plague. I did know that he wrote other types of books, namely through the re-makes of these books into Hollywood films, i.e. 'The Shawshank Redemption', 'Stand By Me' and of course 'The Green Mile' but still I was weary of approaching him.

It was only after my boyfriend read this and na
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Preeti
[Reviewed in 2003.:]

Have you ever read a book and been so affected by it that it moved you to tears? I just finished reading The Green Mile by Stephen King and I sat there tearing every few pages or so. It's incredible - the emotion, the feelings... Just the starkness of what's presented. It's a prison story, but moves beyond that, touching on naked human sensibilities, on basic human emotions. Ugh. I am really bad at reviews.

What I can talk about, however, is the emotions that the books caused
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Raeden Zen
A Magnificent Mile

"'I'm rightly tired of the pain I hear and feel, boss. I'm tired of bein on the road, lonely as a robin in the rain. Not never havin no buddy to go on with or tell me where we's comin from or goin to or why. I'm tired of people bein ugly to each other. It feels like pieces of glass in my head. I'm tired of all the times I've wanted to help and couldn't. I'm tired of bein in the dark. Mostly it's the pain. There's too much. If I could end it, I would. But I cain't.'" -John Coffe
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Josh Feinzimer
I did see the movie before I read the book, which actually enhanced my reading. I think the actors were so successfully chosen for the various roles that I acutally pictured Tom Hanks as the narrator and Michael Clark Duncan as the death row inmate.

King weaves some important themes and messages into this story. The most enlightening of which is being comfortable with growing old.

Paul, the prison guard narrator (Hanks' character) emerges as the tragic hero of this novel. While he comes close to d
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Amber
I just finished reading this yesterday and it was an amazing read! Thanks to Kimberley for recommending this to me for the September Book Pals Online Recommendation Swap at A Good Thriller on Goodreads.

Cold Mountain Penitentiary is home to the murders, rapists, serial killers, and all whose heinous crimes makes them walk the Green Mile (Stephen King's version of Death Row)and sit on Old Sparky's lap in E cell block. In the Green Mile, you will read the narrative of Paul Edgecombe block Supervis
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Richard Vialet
Whenever I mention to people that Stephen King is one of my favorite authors and that they should read more of his work, sometimes I get that "look". So many times he's dismissed into the "genre ghetto" as a popular horror writer and not a gifted writer of "literary" fiction. It frustrates me, because many people have no idea how gifted of a writer he truly is and how versatile he is. Obviously these same people have never read his novellas in the collection Different Seasons, or The Dead Zone, ...more
Stephen
4.5 to 5.0 stars. When Stephen King is at the top of his game, he is as good a story teller as anyone else in the business. After having seen the movie a couple of times (and loving it), I decided to read the book (actually I listened to the audio version read by the great Frank Muller). It was simply superb. This is King at his best. Highly Recommended!!
Michael Darmitzel
Jul 17, 2007 Michael Darmitzel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mature readers
Shelves: mytop10faves
this is the best book Stephen King has written to this point in his already illustrious (and extensive) career. It's the best because it's not simply a thriller (like 'Salem's Lot) or straight up horror (like Carrie or Misery), instead, it's a book filled with beauty and simplicity, and at the same time brutality and murder. While at some times in his career Mr. King has become carried away with gore and sprctacle, he doesn't make that mistake in this book. The story is well set up and unbelieva ...more
Andrew Smith
I’m stuck somewhere between 3 or 4 stars for this one.

I thought this Depression era tale of life on death row, somewhere in the Deep South, started slowly and it took me quite a long time to grow familiar with the characters on the Green Mile, as it was known. It’s a long book, so that’s not so much of an issue (unless I’d given up on it, of course), and once I was comfortable with the cast I was quickly sucked in to the atmosphere of it all. It’s a good story, a very good story. And it’s well
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Mara
Apr 29, 2008 Mara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who can take gore
Stephen King is a great author?! Who knew? I guess a huge chunk of the world-I recently heard or read somewhere that he's the world's top novelist. That was kind of shocking, but now I'm starting to understand why. I probably didn't give him much of a chance before because I'm not a horror reader and while most movies of his that I've seen scarred me for life, some of them had really bizarre endings that seriously called into question the author's abilities. Why would you ruin what was a suspens ...more
Sean Ridenton
With a dismissive mentality of 'why read the book when you can watch the film', it was only the charity price tag of 99p that spurred me to purchase; doubt still engrained in my mind I asked myself, "What could I gain from days of reading that couldn't be displayed in 189 minutes?" Well, after said days of engrossed reading I had my answer. Not only was it as emotive as Frank Darabont's vision, but unlike its counterpart it included an in depth look into Paul Edgecomb's later life in Georgia Pin ...more
Kinda
بدايةُ أظن بأن اسم الرواية اللحظة الأخيرة لم يكن موفقا" فاسم الرواية الأصلي في النسخة الإنكليزية هو الميل الأخضر (The Green Mile)
و القصة تدور حول هذا الميل الأخير في أحد السجون الذي يقطعونه قبل أن ينفذ فيهم حكم الإعدام و يفارقوا الحياة .. الكاتب استخدمه ايضا" نوعا" ما كرمز , و يظهر هذا جليا" في أجزاء من الرواية ..
فمن هؤلاء من شعر بالأسف والندم على ما اقترف ومنهم لم يشعر , منهم من فارق الحياة بهدوء ومنهم من اتسمت نهايته بالمأساوية لحد مخيف اضطرني إلى تجاوز بعض المقاطع ...
و المُخلص – وهنا أظن الكا
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Marco Tamborrino
«Non ne posso più del dolore che sento e vedo, capo. Non ne posso più di vivere in strada, solo come un pettirosso sotto la pioggia. Mai un amico da andarci asieme, un amico che mi dice da dove veniamo e dove stiamo andando e perché. Non ne posso più della gente cattiva che si fa del male. Per me è come cocci di vetro piantati nella testa. Non ne posso più di tutte le volte che ho voluto rimediare e non ho potuto. Non ne posso più di stare al buio. Soprattutto è il dolore. Ce n'è troppo. Se pote ...more
Nikki
A long time ago, I watched about half of the film, The Green Mile. I think my mum has the DVD, I'll have to get it out when I'm home at Easter, because I've read that the movie was pretty faithful to the book, and I want to see that. I actually read the book, all of it, today, putting it down now and again to eat, wash my hair and do some school work. Very reluctantly, I'll have you know.

I didn't actually cry at it, but I came pretty close. Ouch. Particularly this part, for me:

"He kill them with
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Michael Benavidez
Oh look a Stephen King book I rated 5 stars, what a surprise. Sarcasm, ladies and gentlemen, that is what I present to you. Mostly because this book has had me up all night thinking and dreaming, and now that I don't really know how react to it. A cluster of emotions just shit storming it's way through my mind and heart. to that I say fuck you King, fuck you. Here's why:

When I first saw the movie The Green Mile, it was the first (and probably only) movie to have made me cry more than once. Del's
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Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Credo proprio di essere un fan Kingiano del tutto atipico.
Non si spiegherebbe altrimenti il fatto di come mi sia innamorato de "L'ombra dello scorpione" e abbia trovato pesantissimo "It", di come mi abbiano entusiasmato tutti i libri firmati "Bachman", o l'odiato dai molti "Cell" e abbia trovato lentissimo questo Miglio Verde, tralascio la saga di Roland che è umanamente apprezzata da tutti.
Altro che miglio, qui mi è sembrato di fare la maratona di New York.
Le prime parti del libro sono davvero
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Andy
Feb 11, 2011 Andy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
I remember watching (and enjoying) the movie version many years ago when it first came out and have often wanted to see it again. I've never quite got round to it but a year or so ago in Christchurch I found the old box set collection of the original serial novels in a second hand book shop and picked them up. I recall them being released at the time and considered getting them to be part of the grand experiment Stephen King entered but never did and I kind of regret that now. Reading them over ...more
Amar Cerimagic
Vidjeh da sam danas umjesto 252,stavio 152 stranu .Moja greška.
Ova knjiga mora dobiti svih 5 zvjezdica,jer je ovo umjetnost kao što sam rekao.I,ova je knjiga predobra da bi dobila manje!

Simpatični glavni likovi,jako simpatični sporedni likovi i odvratni zlikovac i jako jako tužan kraj.
Izvodio bih i film sa Tom Hanksom iz '90-tih . Odgledao sam ga 4 do 5 puta.
Mnogo se može reći o ovom MAESTRALNOM djelu,ali ja to neću.

Samo pročitajte knjigu...

"Oni su još tu. Delovi njih, još su tu. I čujem ih kako
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Chris
I saw the movie right after it came to video. Not usually something I would have watched when I was younger but I really liked it. It has always stuck with me and the reason is because of the characters. I have read some pretty disappointing books in the last month so I wanted something I knew would be a good one. I don't usually do this but there are so many things I want to talk about this book so there will be SPOILERS in this review. If you haven't seen the movie or read the book this is whe ...more
Kay
This is, by far, my favorite work by Stephen King, excluding the Dark Tower series (a beastly literary experience, but in a whole different way). This is storytelling at its best. Moving and so very honest in its portrayal of human kindness and cruelty. If you ever read a King book, make it this one. Highly recommended.
Marko Rančić
"Oni su još tu. Delovi njih, još su tu. I čujem ih kako vrište."

Knjiga Stivena Kinga iz 1996-e godine "Zelena milja" je istinsko remek delo. Svojim poznatim pripovedačkim stilom, slavni pisac nam prikazuje jedan mikro svet, tridesetih godina, za vreme Velike depresije u Americi i živopisne likove koji ga čine. To radi na veoma upečatljiv način, tako da se široka čitalačka publika brzo i lako vezuje za sve njih, pre svega zahvaljujući Kingovom detaljnom opisu, kome je i u ovoj knjizi ostao veran.
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Andreia Silva
É por isto que eu não gosto de ver os filmes antes de ler os livros que lhes serviram de inspiração. Tenho a certeza de que se tivesse lido o livro antes, teria dado 5 estrelas à história. Isto porque a história não teve qualquer surpresa para mim e sabia que aquele seria o final (ainda que me revolte)! Mas mesmo assim, o livro é muito bom. Ainda assim, o livro conseguiu despertar emoções e conseguiu emocionar-me. Há pormenores que não tinha percebido com o filme que me foram esclarecido com o l ...more
Andy
Amazing book. One of the most heart-wrenching things I've read. John Coffey, what a character!
Michele
This series was awesome. I read it when it was one at a time and I would die waiting until the next one came out :)
Peter Meredith
Tender and haunting. Even those of you strange enough not to be a fan of King will love this book.
Chrissieskleinewelt
Rezi: http://chrissies-kleine-welt.de/?p=1644

USA in den 1930er Jahren. Im Todestrakt eines Gefängnisses, der sogenannten grünen Meile, wird ein besonderer Mann eingeliefert. Groß und stark wie ein Hühne betritt John Coffey seinen letzten Wohnort, nachdem er zwei kleine Mädchen vergewaltigt und ermordet hat. Doch was steckt hinter diesem schwarzen Riesen, der schon im ersten Gespräch mit dem erzählenden Protagonisten Paul Edgecombe fragt, ob nachts das Licht brennen bleibt? Und warum geschehen kl
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Srividya
As a reader, I have read several books that have made me think, made me feel poignant, sometimes sad even but after a long time, I read a book today that had tears streaking down my face. According to me, books that move the reader are the best kind of books and this one has it in spades.

This is the kind of book that makes you ponder about various things, most importantly the corrections system that are in place in our world today. How do I go about reviewing a book that deals with a topic clos
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Kit★
I'd only read this book once before, when the movie tie-in paperback first came out like in 1999. I've watched the movie a whole bunch of times, but had never re-read the book. At long last I got an uncontrollable urge to do so, and man am I glad. It was just great. I loved every minute, was reminded all over again of the characters and story that I knew were good. I'd forgotten some stuff, but thanks to the movie, it was amazingly easy to see it all, hear the characters speaking. Really, I didn ...more
melydia
I have found I prefer King's non-horror stories, and this was no exception. This is a serial novel in six parts (and I actually own all six individual books, in addition to the six-in-one paperback), so I'll review each one separately.

1. The Two Dead Girls: Not a whole lot happens in this section except for exposition: you learn of John Coffey's crime, brutally murdering and raping two young sisters, and you get to know the narrator (Paul) and some of his coworkers. One thing I noticed was that
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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