The Green Mile

The Green Mile

by Stephen King

Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk the Green Mile, keeping a date with "Old Sparky," Cold Mountain's electric chair.

Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working the Mile.

  • Series: The Green Mile
  • Language: English
  • Category: Horror
  • Rating: 4.44
  • Pages: 592
  • Publish Date: September 1st 1996 by Penguin Signet
  • Isbn10: 0451933028
  • Isbn13: 9780451933027

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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 mean, the fiction section is like three rows, maybe four. This is the book I left with last week, and this is now my favorite Stephen King book. And, thank you Stephen King for a beautiful first date with my local library.

When the recently convicted murderer of two nine- year- old twin girls, the Detterick's, John Coffey, a giant black man, strong as an ox, enters his final home, sadistic prison guard Percy Wetmore, the governor's wife, nephew, he brags about the political connection constantly, enthusiastically shouts "Dead man walking ", the vicious young officer got that idea, reading it in a cheap magazine. Paul Edgecombe, the official in charge of the block, starts to believe he's innocent...a hopeless situation, Coffey's face is always covered with tears, he is afraid of the dark asking if the lights are kept on at night, the simple minded assassin can't read or write has trouble remembering, a gentle person that has unknown powers though..He cures Paul's very painful urinary tract infection, the very grateful guard tries to find out more information , about the stranger's case ...Mr. Jingles is not an official inmate in E Block, an unregistered guest you might say, a stowaway they would call him if this was a ship, in fact a mouse, quite intelligent for sure , but some others think , is something else entirely .

The Green Mile is easily one of my favorite movies of all time, and to be completely honest, I had certain doubts about whether the Stephen King novel it was actually adapted from would be capable of causing the same range of emotions in me as the movie did. During the 80's, he built up for himself a reputation as being one of the major horror writers of his time, but few people actually know about the few touching, emotionally affecting stories he can be called responsible for - let me just mention Stand By Me and Shawshank Redemption, both of which are beautiful movies actually based on a less famous work by Stephen King. What King confronts us with is a character-driven story about the daily events on the death row, raising moral and ethic questions along the way, allowing us to care about the small amount of characters he presented to us. Untypically for King's novels, we only meet a few characters, but even those of minor importance to the story are drawn out in such a fascinating way that it becomes difficult to resist caring for all of them. In a frame story, King introduces us to the older Paul Edgecomb who revisits the events on the Green Mile in an attempt to write down his story before his memory can begin to fade away. Because out of all the movies I have seen and the books I have read, The Green Mile in both its book and its movie version is a story I am going to revisit over and over. The Green Mile is, in my opinion, one of the best book-to-movie adaptions which have ever entered the big screen.

Spielbergs direction played us like a fiddle, drawing us in with humor and then, when we are open and vulnerable, scaring us with the surprise. Set in the south during the great depression, King does not let us forget that these men endured this job because it was employment, one they were happy and lucky to have. A story about executioners, in this case a shift of prison guards working on death row and whose job it is to both care for the condemned inmates and then to actually carry out the sentence, is a setting custom made for Kings great talent. John Coffey (played so well by Michael Clarke Duncan in the Frank Darabont film) was as tragic a figure as ever appeared in our literature and while a cursory comparison could be made to Lenny in Steinbecks Of Mice and Men, Kings inclusion of fantasy and supernatural elements adds an almost theological tone to the narrative.

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.

The novel left me thinking about the death penalty and whether it's time it should be abolished worldwide. I've developed quite a convinced moral stance against the death penalty thanks to reading this novel. My country doesn't have the death penalty so I never really thought much about it until I read this book.

Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966. He graduated in 1970, with a B.A. in English and qualified to teach on the high school level. As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men's magazines. In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine.