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Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  25,208 ratings  ·  1,683 reviews
Andy Dufresne, a banker, was convicted of killing his wife and her lover and sent to Shawshank Prison. He maintains his innocence over the decades he spends at Shawshank during which time he forms a friendship with "Red", a fellow inmate.

Hardcover, Large print, 181 pages
Published 1982 by Thorndike Press
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"Remember that hope is a good thing, Red, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."
Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption is subtitled 'Hope Springs Eternal' - and that perfectly sums up the soul of his book.

It's hope that keeps you going - even after everything horrible that you can ever imagine has already happened to you, even after life has knocked you down over and over again, even after there seems to be nothing left. Hope is the last thing to die, they say. Andy Duf
Sanjay Gautam
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Prison ain't no fairy tales.

Almost everything that could be possibly said about it has been said. What makes this book different is the message it conveys - one of eternal hope. I was and am profoundly moved by this simple and eloquent depiction of hope, friendship, and redemption.

The story begins with the trial of a young banker, Andy Dufresne, victimized by circumstantial evidence, resulting in a conviction for the murder of his wife and her lover. After a quick conviction, Andy finds himsel
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is going to be a different kind of review.
While we all know that the book is better than the movie - no, this is not a debatable statement...while I strongly feel that everybody is entitled to their opinion, you are wrong if you don't agree and it's time somebody is brutally honest with you - we tend to forget that adapting a book into a screenplay is a writing art of its own.

The writer of the screenplay will always be at a disadvantage when adapting a book, especially when it is a popular
Henry Avila
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the few times the now classic movie is better than the book, but being a novella it lacks a rich, deep background , though good still a little cold the narrative, as these two main characters strangers to each other are in the same prison in Maine meeting in 1948 the story seems sparse nevertheless a deliberate ploy, Stephen King wants vague unworldly scenes which gives this the unreality it needs to succeed . The life of the guards and lawbreakers are intertwined, a curious blend of winn ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I've watched The Shawshank Redemption movie any number of times on cable TV (at least the last half of it; I almost always manage to miss the first half). So a few weeks ago when my husband asked me to find Stephen King's story The Body (the basis for the movie Stand by Me), I was delighted to find the novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption in the same collection. My husband hasn't read his story yet, but I've read mine. :)

A lifetime convict, Red (in the story, a redheaded man of Iri
Brett C
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was a story about the human spirit. Andy Dufresne is wrongfully-convicted of murder and sent to federal prison. He survived the trials and hardships of prison because his spirit couldn't be broken. The readability and realism of the story kept me hooked the whole time.

I was pleasantly surprised to read this short story as I've only read Stephen King's horror classics. I would definitely suggest this if you enjoyed the movie and want to read the original idea. Thanks!

'Andy Dufresne who wade
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“I hope . . .”

The moral of the story? You have to crawl through a lot of shit in life before you reach Zihuatanejo.

Uncle Stevie will always be known as the Master of Horror, but it’s my belief that his not-so-scary stuff is where he truly shines. Hands down my favorite story ever, that just so happened to be converted into one of my favorite films as well. If you’ve not yet experienced it, you’re missing out on what my husband and
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is as good as the movie. 10 of 10 stars
Fabian {Councillor}
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Usually, I'm struggling with trying to review my favorite books, because apart from expressions like 'awesome', 'mind-blowing' or 'must-read', not too much can be said about stories like these. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why I tend to enjoy writing snarky reviews of books I disliked way more than trying to compose a decent review on a story I loved and want everyone else to read as well.

"Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" is one of them. I have to admit, I am a huge fan of prison st
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Anyone driving north on Rte 3 "down in Massachusetts" this morning may have passed a girl driving an SUV, one hand covering her mouth, tears pouring down her face and neck. They may have wondered in passing if she was having a rough morning or had received some bad news...but would anyone ever guess that she was in throes of this cathartic sobfest courtesy of Stephen King and the beautiful final passages of The Shawshank Redemption? Probably not.

I cannot believe I have never read this. Actually,
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite movies and I watch it anytime it's rerun on tv. I've vowed to read more Stephen King because if you skip those of the horror genre, his other books are such wonderful, human stories. Having recently been in on some discussions of another prison book, The Enchanted, I couldn't help but compare the two books as I read along. I love both books, with their similarities and dissimilarities; but Shawshank offers such hope and redemption (I mean it is right there in the title ...more
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It's really amazing to think that a story that has become so embedded into our pop culture and so many people still have no idea it's a Stephen King story. In 1982, he proved that he was more than just the "scare the pants off of you" author, but he could also write something uplifting and emotionally powerful as the best in the game.

This is THE story of resiliency, never giving up hope. Putting your faith in something that should be out of you
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Absolute brilliant novella about two long term prison inmate in Shawshank. You'll learn a lot about prison routine and how Red and Andy Dufresne came along. Why is Andy, a banker inside. Did he really murder his wife and her golf teacher? What about Rita Hayworth? Did she really visit that prison or is there another connection to her? Stephen Kind does an absolute outstanding job here. One of the best prison stories ever written. At the end there is quite a surprising twist. The characters menti ...more
Jason Koivu
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Maybe it's not a perfect, 5-star book in everyone else's opinion, but by god that was a satisfying read! You can't read/talk about this book without referencing its movie counterpart, because after all, Shawshank Redemption is one of the most popular and well-liked movies of all time. Another reason is that the book and movie are almost exactly alike. Sure, there are a few bits in the book that the movie leaves out, and a modicum of poetic justice is doled out in the movie that doesn't happen in ...more
Jul 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Horror fans, Stephen King fans, book-to-film buffs
Shelves: kingstephen
One of the best set of novella length stories ever put together. Period. For anyone out there who accuses King of not beinjg able to write well, this set should end that argument.

Shawshank: "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" is a masterpiece. A streamlined cast of characters and clever telling of the story using the narrator as a main character, only to shift into first person to finish the story with expectant yet unresolved hope.

Apt Pupil: Scary. Really spooky stuff. Not so much for
Israt Zaman Disha
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Remember that hope is a good thing, Red, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

I watched the movie before I read the book. Actually, the movie is the reason why I read the book. It's unnecessary to speak how much I liked the movie. It would take an inhuman to not like it. The movie almost follows the book. Some rearrangements, eliminating some details and a little modification at the end, that is all the changes they've made in the movie. I think that's one of the reasons why
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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***5 well deserved stars!***

For me, The Shawshank Redemption is one of the best, most memorable films ever made.

I will assume that every one here has watched it or at least knows the story, so I won't talk about the plot. I will only say that the movie has been ranked #1 on pretty much ever since imdb was launched. Plus, it's also considered to be one of the most popular, beloved films of all time.

So there was no doubt in my mind that I would love the book too. It is a brilliant story
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stephen-king
“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild.”

For me, The Shawshank Redemption is one of the best, most memorable films ever made. I will assume that every one here has watched it or at least knows the story, so I won't talk about the plot. I knew I was going to love the story even before I began reading it because of my love for the film.

I wonder why King didn’t write this story as a full novel but it doesn’t need to be lon
Stay Fetters
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Remember that hope is a good thing, Red, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

I broke my own rules with this book. I've seen the movie before I read the book. Okay, here's the deal. The movie came out in 1994 and I wasn't even ten years old yet. But why my parents let me see this film? I'll never know.

Shawshank Redemption is one of my favorite movies and when they re-released this short story in paperback, I knew that I needed this edition for my collection. We all know how t
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a wonderful story. It's the "Hope Springs Eternal" portion of Different Seasons. That sounds ridiculous on the surface because, it is after all, about a man wrongfully convicted of a double homicide and then incarcerated for decades, but somehow King infuses each page with hope. Even the pages that talk about lining your underwear with toilet paper because you've been raped! Any writer that can do that is a magician and a genius in my opinion! ...more
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this iconic short story by King and watched the movie after! I absolutely loved both the book and the movie! There were a few changes to the movie however they did not take away from the book! If anything, they added to the movie in a great way.

I find that I can always imagine King’s writing very vividly while reading! This is one of the reasons I love his writing. I love the slow burn he builds up to as well.

This story was powerful, heart wrenching and inspiring. It shows the st
Eliza Rapsodia
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo
Recommended to Eliza by: nadie

As it happens sometimes, I had not read the original material behind one of my favorite movies of all time. And I was really surprised when I found out that behind a wonderful movie is a short story by Stephen King. An author who can also write stories without supernatural aspects that can leave you breathless. And this is one of them.

Andy Dufresne is a banker who is accused of murdering his wife and her lover. He is finally sentenced to two life sentences. When he is sent
David (דוד)
A classic story of perseverance and hope.
I just finished rereading it after 19 years.
Very highly recommended!! :)
Emily M
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is my first Stephen King. Not due to snobbery (though perhaps also in part due to snobbery), but because I always associated him with horror, and I can’t handle the stress. Can’t do horror, can’t do thrillers, can’t do many mysteries.

This hundred-page novella was not horror, and was immensely satisfying. That was the word my partner (also not a King reader) and I came down to, an absurd conversation between a pair of literary fiction buffs trying to define what exactly has made them feel so
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
4,5 stars. I read this short story and listened to the audiobook in Portuguese. I was surprised because I didn't know this story yet. And I didn't watch the movie either because I didn't realize it was based on a Stephen King story (my fault!). Although I keep in mind that there is much sexual violence in prisons and penitentiaries, these scenes disturbed me a lot. However, I was quite thrilled with the unexpected end of this short story. ...more
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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How can anyone read this and not give it five stars? I can’t remember the last time I watched the movie but you can bet I’ll be hunting it down now. Every sentence is pure poetry. King nails the perfect story. Man is he good.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This was my first ever experience of a Stephen King work, and honestly it was a masterpiece. Such a great introduction to his work! It's usually not my genre, but the writing style and the pacing just made this worthwhile to read, and I found myself actually enjoying it!

4 stars!
Ashish Iyer
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I hadn't read a truly frightening book of his. Yes, King's novels are disturbing, but not scary. A truly powerful yet disturbing account of an injustice law system, and the effects it has on a young man's life. Although imprisoned unjustly, he doesn't complain: it is not in his character. Instead, he decides to fight the system: not with his fists, with his mind. He succeeds. If you liked the movie, you will not be dissapointed in the moody, honest and bold novel. But in the sad case when you ha ...more
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption is the second novella I've read off of King's Different Seasons; the first being is the absolutely amazing novella, The Body.

This book is a classic story of friendship, perseverance and hope. In less than 150 pages, King absolutely dragged you into the story. His ability to provoke emotion to his readers is I think one of the best characteristic of these novellas from Different Seasons, so far. Also, I haven't seen the movie yet, so I'm afraid I'm going to
I was hesitant to read this one because in general I don’t like to read/watch anything about prison or incarceration. It makes me uncomfortable. But I wanted to know the story behind one of King's most famous film adaptations. (And I wanted to read something short for February)

So Alas, we begin at the start of a very emotionally potent story. We start in darkness but we end in light. Somewhat of a rarity for Mister King, but one facet of his writing ability that he does well, even if in moderati
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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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