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The Green Mile

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4.45  ·  Rating details ·  247,294 ratings  ·  7,687 reviews
The Green Mile: those who walk it do not return, because at the end of that walk is the room in which sits Cold Mountain penitentiary's electric chair. In 1932 the newest resident on death row is John Coffey, a giant black man convicted of the brutal murder of two little girls. But nothing is as it seems with John Coffey, and around him unfolds a bizarre and horrifying sto ...more
Paperback, 471 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Orion (first published May 5th 1997)
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Jun 12, 2016 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
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deserve more than 5 stars
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Green Mile, Stephen King

The Green Mile is a 1996 serial novel by American writer Stephen King.

It tells the story of death row supervisor Paul Edgecombe's encounter with John Coffey, an unusual inmate who displays inexplicable healing and empathetic abilities. The serial novel was originally released in six volumes before being republished as a single-volume work. The book is an example of magical realism.

Characters: John Coffey, Paul Edgecombe, Percy Wetmore, Brutus "Brutal" Howell, America
Henry Avila
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Green Mile ...a nickname acquired because of the color on the floor in the Cold Mountain Penitentiary's ( somewhere in the American South), E Block , death row under a different alias, during the gloomy year of 1932, the inmates taking the long, long walk their last, to see Old Sparky, the electric chair that will end the lives of these miserable convicted killers ...Nevertheless , the unique green surface is the last thing the nervous residents are thinking about , in their humble cells, pe ...more
~Bookishly Numb~
I can now clarify, not only with myself, but with every other King fan, that this particular book gave me rather noticeable palpitations and for a moment or two, it made me feel quite faint. Now, I've seen 'The Green Mile' Tom Hanks film adaptation, and although that was also amazing, and it makes for edge-of-the-seat viewing at times, when all is said and done, it has nothing on this book.

This book is up there with my list I like to call "King mind-fucks" and in that group are books like The Sh
Some books are worth waiting years for to read and I have certainly waited a very long time to read this one.

I have to confess I am not a Stephan King fan as Horror or science fiction just doesnt work for me but having watched the Green Mile Movie some years ago I have always wanted to read the book and when I happened to find a copy among a pile of books lately I just knew there was no time like the present.

My only problem with reading a book after watching such an iconic movie is that I am
Fabian {Councillor}
Rarely does it happen to me that I read a book which actually causes me to tear up to some extent and which I can't stop thinking about even months after turning the last page. You might should have heard about the movie adaption starring Tom Hanks and the late Michael Clarke Duncan (may he rest in peace), and if you haven't considered watching it yet, then please don't hesitate to do so for even one moment. The Green Mile is easily one of my favorite movies of all time, and to be completely hon ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of King’s best, up there with The Shining and The Stand.

King is able to terrify because he is adept at drawing us into a scene, luring the reader in with deft characterization and attention to detail that creates empathy and understanding.

In Francis Ford Coppola’s brilliant The Godfather part II, in the scene where a young Vito Corleone (played by Robert De Niro) shoots Fanucci, he wrapped his pistol in a towel and the cloth catches fire after the shots. That detail has stayed in my mind in
Dec 23, 2007 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
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May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is one of the best serial novels I've ever read. Originally in 6 single issues I can highly recommend buying them as single volume. You won't miss any issue. Paul Edgecombe tells his heart warming story about Could Mountain Penitentiary and reveals everything about John Coffey, Mr Jingles and the characters involved. A very philosophical and moving novel. Absolutely recommended!
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
Very interesting and thought provoking book. It's certainly a story that really consumes you and then you start reading it you can put it down. In my opinion, it had a few issues, but overall great writing and story itself deserve readers' attention.
The Kindle edition is currently on offer: 0.99p in the UK and $0.99 in the States.This is another book, I read eons' ago, and is up there with my favourite King' novels (The Shining, The Stand, Firestarter, Misery, Cujo, Pet Sematary, Salems Lot, etc). If Goodreads, existed at that juncture; when I first read it, I would've accoladed it five-stars. I've still got the softback copy of the book, which is in pristine condition, so not sure whether to buy the Kindle one - or not. I'm looking forward ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The year is 1932, the place is death row at Cold Mountain Penitentiary.  Who are the monsters here?  A gentle giant name of John Coffey, sentenced to death for an unspeakable crime, is a strong possibility.  But let's look at the prison guards on duty there.  The one called Brutal, that can't be happenstance, can it?  What about Percy, high on holding a position with a little power?  With his girly hands, hand tooled leather baton holster, and his mean stupid bullying ways, I wouldn't count him ...more
This was undoubtedly one of the best books I have ever read and I enjoyed it even more than I expected (and I had set the bar super high!). This was also the most horrible book I have ever read - but in the best possible way!

Not a single sentence was unneccessary; I enjoyed every scene and interaction.
The main character was wonderfully developed - he really seemed like a real person and at times it was hard for me to forget that he's just fictional. It was easy to forget that all of this was jus
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, gems
An unforgettable and emotional novel. John Coffey has to be the sweetest character King has ever written along with Paul Edgecomb. The ending left me feeling emotionally numb because of the injustice that occurred. The movie adaptation of the novel series is just as good if not better. Personally, I rank this novel in the same level as IT and The Stand.
Em Lost In Books
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Em Lost In Books 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
Mar 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
[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
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
I don’t even know where to start with this review. I love the magical realism in this story, it was so captivating. It was a slow burner at first but it allowed you to be fully immersed in the characters. There was a lot of focus on the mouse for the first 100 pages. Stephen King explores so many aspects of the characters in this book through analysing how they treated this small, helpless mouse.

I saw the film years ago and absolutely fell in love with it. Hence why this book has been on my TBR
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

greta ⛈️
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
just finished reading 𝕿𝖍𝖊 𝕲𝖗𝖊𝖊𝖓 𝕸𝖎𝖑𝖊 by stephen king. this is my first book ever by him and I really couldn't have picked a better choice. the amount of emotions I felt while reading this 😭😭 this story was so emotional, funny, unfair and cute and so many other things... there were times I actually tried to force myself not to cry lmao. I fell in love with Mr. Jingles, his cute tricks, even though I'm well terrified of mice 😂 as for Paul, if I was him, I would've quit the job because of John Coff ...more
Olivier Delaye
Jun 09, 2012 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
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Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a terrific read. Stephen King has done it again. Five wonderful stars. I'm glad that I don't remember hardly any of the movie, because it makes the book so fresh. All I remember is that it had a mouse and huge black prisoner. This book is so much more. It brought all kinds of emotions in me. A very thought provoking novel

The story is set in the 1930's at the Cold Mountain Penitentiary. The Green Mile refers to the tiles on the floor in the death row area. It's where every prisoners had to w
Edward Lorn
Apr 26, 2013 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
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: standalones, augrc, owned
5 Stars

The most thought provoking book I have ever read. Wow this book really is amazing and I wish I had read this a long time ago! I have watched the film and I thought the book wouldn’t match up to it but man I was so wrong.

This is one of the best books I have ever read it is a bit of a slow burner but it captures you straight away and this book is so hard to put down. Even though I knew exactly what was going to happen I just couldn’t stop reading!

Coffey is such a brilliant character and
Andrew Smith
Sep 11, 2013 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 (
It is totally crazy that I ended up liking The Green Mile as much as I did. I ended up liking it a lot! It Is not in the genre of books that usually attract me and the large number of characters thrown at the reader at the start gave me trouble. Set on death row, at Cold Mountain Penitentiary, The Green Mile is the sobriquet for the infamous corridor with green tinted linoleum on its floor that leads from the cells to the electric chair. The tale is of course not a depiction of model citizens. A ...more
I can still remember when this came out. I didn’t have much money back then and I bought all my books used or in paperback. So, I never read anything right when it came out. I had to wait a year to read it when the paperback was published. This came out in installments. People back then likened it in some ways to Dickens publishing monthly. It was 4$ a book, so each month I bought the book and read the story. I remember hardly being able to wait for the next book to come out. We knew from the be ...more
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never seen the movie or read the book so this book gripped me right away! Seriously, one of the best novels I have ever read. I absolutely loved it. The characters were so intriguing and well developed and the plot was astounding! I know it was original released in parts and I cannot even begin to think how long the wait between parts felt. I read the complete serial novel and found myself up until after 4 a.m. this morning because I did not want to stop reading. Incredible book!!
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Excellent book ... and excellent movie. One of the few times that the movie really does justice to the book.

I bought this book for my husband because he likes the movie so much. It’s typical of our relationship that I’ve now read the book and he still hasn’t. :)

Review to come.
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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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