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Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption: A Story from Different Seasons

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  21,161 ratings  ·  1,329 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 Dufresn
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
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
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
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
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
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, favorites
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,
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
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
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
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
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
Shelves: short-stories
***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
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
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!! :)
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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!
May 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, audio, library
I am willing to bet the majority of people reading this review have already seen the film version of The Shawshank Redemption. If you have not seen the movie, stop reading my review and go watch the film. It is amazing. I have recently discovered the 'free' audio-books on the library. (Thank you tax dollars). The Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King is a relatively short book. It is also a short audio book, only 3 cassettes (my POS car has a tape-deck). Frank Muller narrates Stephen King's tale ...more
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
Isabella Roland
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe it took me this long to discover this novella, especially since The Shawshank Redemption is my all time favorite movie. Hearing the story from Red's gentle and detailed perspective was intriguing. Red has a great sense of humor throughout the book. He tells the story in a way that allows you to see the passing of time. This is not as evident in the movie version. Although short, this book gives the reader something to hope for in their own life. I also loved the peek into the pri ...more
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
"Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

How is this everyone's favourite (movie)? I, however, haven't watched the movie and having read the book I don't think I ever will. I found it rather stupid. Twenty years at the prison and no one looked behind the poster of Rita Hayworth put up by Andy Dufresne in his cell. How is that humanly possible?

"I hope I can make it across the border.
I hope to see my friend and shake his hand.
I hope the Pacif
Rahul Matthew
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A really good movie with Morgan Freeman narrating it and good audiobook with Frank Muller reading it😀
Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)
"Well you weren't writing about yourself, I hear someone in the peanut-gallery saying. You were writing about Andy Dufresne. You're nothing but a minor character in your own story. But you know, that's just not so. It's all about me, every damned word of it. Andy was the part of me they could never lock up, the part of me that will rejoice when the gates finally open for me and I walk out in my cheap suit with my twenty dollars of mad-money in my pocket. That part of me will rejoice no matter ho ...more
Paula W
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I certainly didn’t expect to be sitting here crying my eyes out after finishing the last part of this novella, yet here I am. Sigh.
Brit Cheung
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every time I Saw the movie, it would give entirely new perspective from which I could continuously break the old self and entrench the new. Having seen the movie no less that ten times, I detected that, amazingly, something fresh would preceed to emerge all the time. That could be something we call Classic.

There could be some reasons that I'd rather call it a “shape who I will be”,but still, I could not exactly tell what the reasons were. The perceptions would evolve with the age. The movie and
Tatevik Najaryan
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
It turns out I like Stephen King's writing when the story is not filled with supernatural and horror, well except for Green Mile. Looking forward to finding more books like this written by him.
Patricija - aparecium_libri
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm pleased to say I really liked this short story. But I keep expecting horror and gore because people banded King as the King of Horror.
Anyways, this is a character driven novel about prison inmates in Shawshank. The narrator grows on you so much you forget at times that he killed three innocent people at the beginning of this novel. Also, you get to know his friend, Andy and his story.
This story has a nice and steady pace but is really interesting and short.

I listened to the audio and it was an outstanding experience.

I highly recommend!

5 Stars
Arezoo h
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some birds aren’t meant to be caged...
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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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