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

4.41  ·  Rating Details ·  178,133 Ratings  ·  4,437 Reviews
Librarian's Note: This book is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 0-671-04178-9

Set in the 1930s at the Cold Mountain Penitentiary's death-row facility, The Green Mile is the riveting and tragic story of John Coffey, a giant, preternaturally gentle inmate condemned to death for the rape and murder of twin nine-year-old girls. It is a story narrated years later by Paul Edge
Mass Market Paperback, 536 pages
Published March 1999 by Pocket Books (first published 1996)
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Jasmine Perkovic For me, it is before John Coffey's execution when he is telling Paul Edgecombe that he wants to go (die). He talks about being in pain, feeling…moreFor me, it is before John Coffey's execution when he is telling Paul Edgecombe that he wants to go (die). He talks about being in pain, feeling lonely, being "tired of people been ugly to each other" (491), wanting to help but not being able to, and being in the dark. It was heartbreaking reading about a man who was going to be executed for a crime he did not commit want to die and then say (his last words) "I'm sorry for what I am" (507).(less)
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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
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Dec 30, 2013 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rinda Elwakil
Aug 29, 2016 Rinda Elwakil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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إن لم تكن قد قرأتها بعد
فأقرأها و لا تتأخر
ثم شاهد الفيلم بطولة توم هانكس
قطعة من الفن.

Araz Goran
خمس نجمات ونصف ..
Nov 24, 2011 Preeti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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[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
Olivier Delaye
Nov 18, 2016 Olivier Delaye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my humble opinion this is one of Stephen King’s finest pieces of work, along with the Dark Tower books, The Stand and The Shining. The writing is beautiful, the characterization masterful, the story itself downright compelling and the ending absolute perfection. A masterpiece from start to finish!

Author of the SEBASTEN OF ATLANTIS series
The Forgotten Goddess (Sebasten of Atlantis, #1) by Olivier Delaye
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
Andrew Smith
Jan 15, 2016 Andrew Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 (
Oct 10, 2016 Manju rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Green Mile, Stephen King
عنوان: مسیر سبز؛ استیون کینگ؛ پرویز کریمی ناصری؛ تهران، درسا، 1380، در 525 ص، 9646104509؛
Characters: John Coffey, Paul Edgecomb, Percy Wetmore, American Law Enforcement.
خلاصه کتاب: داستان در سال 1932 روی میدهد، و در مورد زندگی «پل اچکامب» یکی از نگهبانان قدیمی زندان «دیترویت»، در ارتباط با زندانی سیاهپوست و غول پیکری به نام «جان کافی» است. «جان» متهم به قتل دو کودک است. «پل» به تدریج به شخصیت «جان» علاقمند میشود، و میفهمد که او دارای یک قدرت متافیزیکی عجیب است. سرانج
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
Sep 07, 2016 Azumi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
De los que llevo leídos de King (aún me faltan muchos…) de momento este es el mejor.
El relato de Paul Edgecom, jefe del pasillo de la muerte o milla verde de la penitenciaria de Cold Mountain, me ha encogido el corazón. Me he emocionado con el grandullón Coffey, he sentido pena por Delacroix, rabia con el carcelero Percy, ternura con el ratón Cascabel y mucha mucha impotencia.
Ha habido muchos pasajes del libro en los que lo he pasado realmente fatal, ¡qué sufrimiento!

Es un libro que te hace refl
Franco  Santos
Jul 08, 2015 Franco Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Vitor Martins
Que leitura incrível! À Espera de um Milagre foi um livro que mexeu com meus sentimentos de uma maneira muito ampla e também muito única. Me envolvi muito com esses personagens. Senti pena, compaixão, tristeza, ódio... tudo!

A narrativa é muito bem estruturada e a história apresenta uma série de situações que me fizeram refletir muito sobre o comportamento humano. O Stephen King consegue criar personagens cheios de camadas numa história onde o assassino não é 100% mal e o policial não é 100% bom.
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
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
Raeden Zen
May 11, 2013 Raeden Zen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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
Nov 13, 2016 Carmine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Se ci si pentisse di quel che si è fatto, un uomo può tornare al tempo più felice del suo passato e viverci per sempre?

L'indimenticabile vicenda di Paul Edgecombe e John Coffey, narrata nel famigerato penitenziario di Cold Mountain negli anni post depressione, non perde di fascino a dieci anni dalla prima lettura e mi costringe, ancora una volta, a riprovare emozioni intense che solo un bel libro sa offrire.
Circondati da una persistente atmosfera di indifferenza e scarsa sensibilità, "il miglio
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
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 ...more
May 02, 2016 Siddharth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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, ...more
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Other Books in the Series

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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