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Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption: A Story from Different Seasons

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  17,461 ratings  ·  1,082 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
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: king, revenge, thriller
عند توزيع العقول ..كل إنسان اعجبه عقله..و لم يعجبه رزقه
و عندما يقع عليك ظلم كبير ..كبير من الطراز الذي يعصف بالاخضر و اليابس في حياتك..يكون امامك اختيارين
تندب حظك حتى الموت كمدا🙊
تشحذ قدراتك..لا لكي تنهض فقط..بل لتستفيد ممن ظلموك

يا عبادي اني حرمت الظلم على نفسي..و جعلته بينكم محرما فلا تظالموا...هذا ما قاله الله عز و جل في الحديث القدسي
..بعد وقوع الظلم مباشرة و في فترة الانحطاط النفسي نتساءل مرارا ماذا فعلت كي استحق كل هذا؟
ولكن لا ليس {اندي دوفرين}ا

..ذلك المحاسب الذي خانته زوجته و تم قتلها مع
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
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
"يقولون إن المحيط الهادئ ليس له ذاكرة. هذا هو المكان الذي أريد أن أعيش فيه بقية حياتي. مكان دافئ مع عدم وجود ذاكرة. "

يقول علماء الجيولوجيا أن الصخور لا تحتاج في تشكلها إلا لعاملين: الضغط و الوقت.
و هل يوجد في السجن إلا الضغط و الوقت؟ و هل تختلف الحياة كثيرا خارج السجن؟
ليس في النوفيلا أيضا إلا الضغط و الوقت و الصخور الكثيرة المتنوعة.
صخرة الخيانة التي حطمت الحب و صخرة الجريمة التي حطمت الحياة و صخرة الظلم التي حطمت العدالة و البراءة و صخرة السجن التي حطمت كل أمل في الحياة.
ثم صخور جمعها آندي في ا
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
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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 I
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
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Η μια αφίσα διαδεχόταν την άλλη στο κελί του Άντυ Νταφρέσν στις πολιτειακές φυλακές Shawshank και τα χρόνια το ίδιο. Το 1949 ήταν η Rita Hayworth, το 1955 την αντικατέστησε η Marilyn Monroe, το 1960 η Jane Mansfield, το 1966 η Raquel Welch. Τελευταία αφίσα που κρεμάστηκε στον τοίχο του κελιού 14 της πτέρυγας 5 ήταν αυτή της Linda Ronstadt, τραγουδίστριας της κάντρυ. Τι στ’ αλήθεια σήμαιναν οι αφίσες αυτές για τον Άντυ Νταφρέσν;

«...το ίδιο πράγμα που σημαίνουν για τους περισσότερους κατάδικους..
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
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
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,
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
میدونی مکزیکیها در مورد اقیانوس آرام چی میگن رِد؟ میگن که اونجا هیچ خاطرهای وجود نداره و به همین علته که من میخوام زندگیم رو اونجا به پایان برسونم

بعد از کتاب پاپیون هانری شاریر (و اقتباس سینمایی آن با بازی به یاد ماندنی استیو مککوئین)، کتاب امیدهای جاودان بهاری: رهایی از شاوشنک جزء بهترینهای این ژانر محسوب میشود که هر دو درونمایهای یکسان دارند: امید به رهایی
این کتاب را مدتها پیش خریده بودم و خواندن آن را به روزهای سخت آینده محول کرده بودم و چه خوب هم به کارم آمد! در شبهای تاریک پادگان شروع به
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
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!
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
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
عندما تظلم حياتك بامكانك الاستسلام او استخدام عقلك وتدبر امورك. اندي دخل السجن بسبب خيانة زوجته وخرج بفضل صورة ريتا هيوارث اندي عرف الفرق بين الاشياء التي يستطيع تغييرها والاشياء التي فرضت عليه اندي تاقلم مع وضعه لمدة ثم حصل على حريته وخلال تلك الفترة المظلمة كان له اثر ايجابي على كل المحيطين به. التغيير يبدا من الداخل الى الخارج وليس العكس واندي فهم ذلك جيدا فهم ان لديه الخيار بين ان يؤثر على هذا العالم او يسمح له بالتاثير عليه فهم انه هناك دائما امل.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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!
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
একমাতর বই যেটার বই থেকে মুভিটা বেশি অসাধারন লেগেছে। মরগযান ফরিমযানের কণঠসবর <3 ...more
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May 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, library, audio
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
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Πολύ ωραία ιστορία, γρήγορη, τα έχει όλα!!
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140 σελίδες που έχουν τα πάντα...αριστούργημα...είναι μοναδικός...η ταινία επίσης εξαιρετική
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
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
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"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
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
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
علي الماجد
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
من اروع ما قرأت لهذا الكاتب المذهل

رجل سجن خطأ بتهمة قتل زوجته , تحت امرة سجان سادي يهوى تعذيب السجناء لكن بحكمة و صبر و اناة يستطيع كسب ثقته مستقلا اتقانه للحسابات و من ثم الهرب من السجن بطريقة غير جديدة في الواقع ففكرة نفق تحت الارض هي من اقدم الطرق و اكثرها فشلا

لكن المذهل في الامر كيف اخفى اندي امره عن السجان مع تحفضهم الشديد في التفتيش و فسادهم الذي استشرى كالمرض ثم هناك رد الذي يجلب لك اي شيء من خارج السجون

ستفين كنج خرج هنا بصورة مغايرة عن قصص الرعب التي اصبح ايقونة لها حتى انه حكى في مقابل
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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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