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At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, along the lonely stretch of cells known as the Green Mile, killers as depraved as the psychotic "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 th...more
Paperback, 465 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Plume (first published 1996)
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Ellie
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Ellen
Dec 30, 2007 Ellen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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.
Andy
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
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!
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...more
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 :)
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
Amy
I've always thought of Stephen King as a horror writer. A good horror writer, but not necessarily a good writer. (I know, I know, stop throwing things at me, I am a terrible person.) I had read Misery and loved it, never really thinking how amazing it was. So I picked up this book, in a casual manner, and realized not only was Stephen King a good at writing horror, he was good at writing.

This book made me laugh, cringe, hold my breath in suspense, and cry. It was magically and yet realistically...more
Steve
Brilliant. Utterly brilliant. I am a loss for words after finishing this. I have seen the movie more times than I can recall, and I love it, but the book has given me a better appreciation of it. I loved the casting of the movie, and way the characters are described in the book just makes the casting even more awesome. The book also touched me like the movie did, and as such I could not put it down. Even though I am not really a fan of horror, I might look for more of the authors work.
Peter Meredith
Tender and haunting. Even those of you strange enough not to be a fan of King will love this book.
Vicki
My exposure to Stephen King has been from scary movies which did not prompt me to want to read his books. I did see Shawshank Redemption years ago and remember being surprised after the fact to realize the story originated with King. But once again our book club selection prompted me to grudgingly pick up a book I wouldn't otherwise read, so I read it, not wanting to be left out at discussion time. Amazingly I discovered that it is not scary, just an incredibly good read!

So I have to confess tha...more
Aparna
Initially i was very skeptical about this book. I was not sure when i was asked to read it. I must say when i read it initially , i wasn't sure if i was going to like the book or not. I was positive this book would not reach my good books list. After 60 pages , i must say it changed my perceptions about things on so many levels. The supernatural elements carry an undeniable emotional charge that grips you to the book tightly and compels you to turn pages , making you an addict to it. You start l...more
Tara
Having read most of Stephen King's books, I'm not sure how I managed to never pick up The Green Mile. I've also never seen the movie (yet...working on that), so I went into this book only knowing the basic plot: It takes place on death row and there's a giant guy who may or may not have done the crime that landed him there.

Paul Edgecomb is the narrator who is in a nursing home type place writing down this story that happened when he was a prison warden in the 1930s. He saw a lot of people die w...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...more
TeacherMrLoria
This was the first Stephen King novel I have ever read. I suppose I’ve stayed away from him because I don’t like being scared and because I tend to stick to the classic or “important” books. Try as I may to distinguish myself from the elitist snobs who made me hate being an English major, I must admit I have a hierarchy of worthy versus unworthy books. Stephen King has never made the cut, but circumstances lead to this being one of the only book choices available on the road. I had seen and lik...more
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