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The Green Mile (The Green Mile #1-6)

4.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  170,582 Ratings  ·  4,146 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
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Dec 30, 2007 Ellen rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 18, 2016 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I cheated on my local library last week. I don't think she knows yet, and I feel kind of bad about it. I discovered a smaller library that was actually much closer to my house. She definitely caught my attention, but I never went because it just seemed like the selection was going to be much smaller, and my current library and I have a great thing going right now.

But now I'm involved with two libraries and, boy, is my life going great!

I found this book at the new library where I couldn't fi
Araz Goran
خمس نجمات ونصف ..
Mar 10, 2009 Preeti rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
[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
When I decided to read The Green Mile, I was absolutely, positively 100% sure it would never measure up to the movie, and was I ever wrong.

All of the characters (including Mr. Jingles) are so well drawn that you feel like you are experiencing their lives and feelings right along with them in Cold Mountain State Penitentiary-1932.

If I could rate this magical, unforgettable (rip your heart out) story more than 5 Stars, I would not hesitate to do so. What else can I say except......."Time takes it

sweet jane
Apr 04, 2016 sweet jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Πάνε χρόνια από την τελευταία φορά που διάβασα βιβλίο του King. Κάτι η τρομάρα από το Νεκροταφείο Ζώων κάτι το φιάσκο με τις Ιστορίες του Λυκόφωτος, τον είχα παραμελήσει αρκετά από τις αναγνωστικές μου συνήθειες. Κάτι με έπιασε όμως τις τελευταίες μέρες -δεν ξέρω τι- και αποφάσισα να διαβάσω ξανά κάτι δικό του. Δυστυχώς, η Λάμψη που είχα βάλει στο μάτι είναι εξαντλημένη και θα πρέπει να κάνω λίγο καιρό υπομονή ακόμα, αλλά το Πράσινο μίλι ήταν ήδη διαθέσιμο στα ράφια της Δανειστικής βιβλιοθήκης. ...more
Rinda Elwakil
Feb 21, 2016 Rinda Elwakil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
إن لم تكن قد قرأتها بعد
فأقرأها و لا تتأخر
ثم شاهد الفيلم بطولة توم هانكس
قطعة من الفن.

Andrew Smith
Jan 15, 2016 Andrew Smith rated it really liked it
I've Just revisited this book and I'm still at 4 stars with it, for the same reasons I stated in my original review. It was never going to jump to five, but I'd been deliberating whether to shuffle it back to a three.


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 (
Edward Lorn
Apr 08, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Edward by: Lucky's
I first read The Green Mile in serial form, purchased an episode a month from the Lucky's grocery store in Fontana, California. Now, for a little history lesson.

I was born and raised in Southern California. I lived in the same house for 13 years, until my parents went bankrupt and moved to (oddly enough) a much more expensive neighborhood in Colton. Basically I went from the ghetto to Upper-middle class in a single move, and only because my parents went into default on... well, on everything. By
Wayne Barrett
What a masterpiece!

Stephen King has done a lot of scaring through his books but never has he broken my heart like he did with The Green Mile.

Even though there were elements of horror, after all, we had an electric chair called 'Old Sparky', this novel felt more like a tale of fantasy at times. I'm sure most people have seen the movie version and in this case it was very true to the book. Still, this poignant piece of horror classic will go down as one of my favorites. This book was flawless an
Franco  Santos
Jul 08, 2015 Franco Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
Creo que la combinación del lápiz y la memoria crea alguna clase de magia, y la magia es peligrosa.

El Pasillo de la Muerte, también conocido como La Milla Verde o Milagros Inesperados es uno de los mejores libros de Stephen King. La historia está narrada en primera persona por Paul Edgecomb, quien se encuentra en una residencia geriátrica, en sus últimos años de vida. Por eso, decide contarnos antes de morir un hecho que cambió su vida. Él era el encargado de uno de las secciones de la prisión d
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
Raeden Zen
May 11, 2013 Raeden Zen rated it it was amazing
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
Josh Feinzimer
Oct 26, 2007 Josh Feinzimer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
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
Jul 19, 2015 Camie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally written as a six part serial ( which means each part has it's own cliffhanger ) this book dedicated to Dear Constant Reader, is the story of the strange happenings on death row ( the green mile) at Cold Mountain Penitentiary one fateful summer long ago as told by 104 year old Paul Egdecombe (chief warden at the time.) John Coffey"not spelled like the drink", who is anything but what he seems, is one of my favorite characters in any King novel. This book is both haunting and surprising ...more
Jun 15, 2016 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, fiction, xl, gift
Ho procrastinato la lettura di questo libro per qualcosa come almeno sette/otto anni perché ero praticamente certa che sarei potuta rimanerne in qualche modo delusa dopo aver amato così tanto il film che ne è stato tratto.
Oh, come mi sbagliavo.
Questo libro è coinvolgente, emozionante e toccante dalla prima all'ultima pagina, e ogni personaggio è così ben caratterizzato che per tutta la lettura mi è sembrato di essere al fianco di Paul Edgecombe nel penitenziario di Cold Mountain, anno 1932, a fa
Christian Guzman
What a masterpiece! It's safe to say that this will be one of my favorite reads for the year. I did not expect to be so captivated into the story like i ended up being. I also didn't expect this style of writing since most of the Stephen King novels i have previously read aren't quite like the Green Mile turned out to be. This was an emotional story that made me feel so much sympathy for John Coffey. At first i couldn't help but to feel confusion and slightly disgusted towards him and his antici ...more
Nandakishore Varma
May 24, 2016 Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This book - what shall I say about it? Steve transcends himself here. If I were asked to pick the best book ever written by Stephen King, this would be it.

The horror here is all too human. The cruelty of human beings to one another - the lawmakers as well as the lawbreakers - is presented in the closed confines of the death row of a prison. The story is narrated by Paul Edgecombe, the prison warden; now in an old folks' home, awaiting the inescapable executioner - The Grim Reaper with his sickle
May 26, 2015 Manju rated it really liked it
Recommended to Manju by: Srividya
I have always wanted to read a Stephen King but since am not into horror genre, I maintained a secure distance between me and books by one of the most famous authors. So when my friend recommended it to me I decided to finally read Mr. King and am glad that I read this.

Story revolved around the inmates of Cold Mountain Prison who are there for murdering someone waiting for their death on Old Sparky, an Electric chair. Story is told by prison's warden Paul Edgecombe. Life was pretty much simple f
Dec 30, 2014 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amber by: Kimberley Hughes
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
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!!
Nov 29, 2015 Imene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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تعرفت على ستيفن كبنغ من خلال السينما قبل مدة طويلة من القراءة له تحديدا
"The mist" من خلا ل فيلم الضباب


"DIFFERENT SEASONS" ثم قرأت له مجموعة قصصية


وهي مجموعة "روايات" ذات بعد درامي أساسا وكذلك حال هذه الرواية والتي صدرت شهريا على ستة أجزاء سنة 1996.
الحبكة ممتعة في مجملها و العلاقات الانسانية بين الشخصيات هي أروع ما فيها
والحديث هنا خاصة عن العلاقة بين منفذي أحكام الاعدام و المحكوم عليهم.أكثر ما أبدع فيه الكاتب هو تصويره للشيخوخة على أنها انتظار للجلوس على الكرسي الكهربائي.


أعجبني أيضا تأكيد الك
May 02, 2016 Siddharth rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
Last night, I found myself awake at 3 o’ clock. I rolled around in bed a couple of times, but I knew that I would have to empty my bladder before sleep could find me again. With grudging acceptance, I hauled myself off the bed, crossed my room and switched on the light in the corridor. And I froze in my tracks and let out a low gasp.

I was looking at no ordinary rat. This one had his head cocked intelligently to the side, and he was staring at me with intelligent, oilspot eyes that seemed to be d
Michael Darmitzel
Jul 17, 2007 Michael Darmitzel rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Adam Light
Jun 15, 2016 Adam Light rated it it was amazing
When Stephen King released this book as a monthly series, I bought each chapbook the day it hit the shelf. It was a cool reading experience. I still have the individual editions. This was my first reread and I opted to read the single volume paperback. I started a couple mornings ago, flipping the pages slowly, just waking up, sipping my coffee. After about twenty pages I was immersed in Paul Edgecombe's humble retelling of 1932, the year John Coffey - like the drink, only spelled different - wa ...more
¡Simplemente no puedo dejar de llorar! Ha sido sin lugar a dudas el mejor libro del año ¿que digo?
¡Uno de los mejores libros que he leído en mi vida!
Stephen King es un genio, leanlo así sin más explicaciones
Todos caminamos por la milla verde.
Apr 29, 2008 Mara rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Thomas Strömquist
My King marathon has gotten into the second half of the 90's and brought the second book to be a first read. Improbable, given it's popularity, I've never gotten around to this one. One explanation, evident upon finally reading it, is that there's one integral part of the story that is extremely unsettling for me. The horrible practice of civilized societies of liquidating human beings in some kind of orderly and neat fashion is one of the things that makes me despair of our sad kind. Depictions ...more
I've known for a long time that I wanted to read The Green Mile. Now that I've finally finished it, I can't believe I'd let it sit on my shelf for so long. I don't really have words for this one, so I'm keeping my review short and sweet. The story of Paul Edgecomb (and John Coffey) is a very special one, and I feel richer for reading it.
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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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The Green Mile (6 books)
  • The Green Mile, Part 1: The Two Dead Girls
  • The Green Mile, Part 2: The Mouse on the Mile
  • The Green Mile, Part 3: Coffey's Hands
  • The Green Mile, Part 4: The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix
  • The Green Mile, Part 5: Night Journey
  • The Green Mile, Part 6: Coffey on the Mile

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