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4.39 of 5 stars 4.39  ·  rating details  ·  146,536 ratings  ·  3,476 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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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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Carol
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

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Edward Lorn
Apr 08, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Sara
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
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Franco  Santos
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
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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
Manju
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
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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!!
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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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
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
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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Carla
“- O senhor e Mister Howell e os outros chefes têm sido bons para comigo – disse o John Coffey. – Eu sei que tem andado preocupado, mas agora deve parar com isso. Porque eu quero ir, chefe.
Tentei falar mas não consegui. Mas ele conseguia. O que o John disse a seguir foi a frase mais comprida que alguma vez ouvi da sua boca.
- Estou farto do sofrimento que vejo e ouço, chefe. Estou farto de andar pelas estradas, sozinho como um tordo à chuva, sem nunca ter um amigo para me acompanhar, ou para me d
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Inge
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.
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
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.
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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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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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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Beth Knight
I really haven't read any horror since I was a teenager (I used to love his books and movies back then) so this was pretty much out of my comfort zone. I'm glad I stepped out of "my zone" and read this. I think King is a decent writer and I really enjoyed The Green Mile. Now that I think of it, I'm not sure this can really be considered horror. However it's classified, it's good, and it almost brought tears to my eyes. I see why everyone raves about this book. Now I need to watch the movie. I'm ...more
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
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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PSmith
It was as amazing and bizarre as only a Stephen King book can be. This time it was a Death Row prison housing inmates who are awaiting their turn with the electric chair by order of the judge and jury. Here we meet Paul, the humane, kind hearted prison in charge, his equally good coworkers, except for one rotten egg, Percy, the bully with a bad heart, and a connection with top notch people, which he uses to the utmost. At the time of the story there are 3 inmates, Del, the docile looking Frenchm ...more
Peter Meredith
Tender and haunting. Even those of you strange enough not to be a fan of King will love this book.
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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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