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But good or evil, innocent or guilty, none has ever seen the brutal likes of the new prisoner, John Coffey, sentenced to death for raping and murdering two young girls. Is Coffey a devil in human form? Or is he a far, far different kind of being?
There are more wonders in heaven and hell than anyone at Cold Mountain can imagine. In The Green Mile, Stephen King builds the tension page by page and then delivers a revelation that will truly blow your mind.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 51 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||15 August 2006|
|Publisher||Hodder Headline Limited|
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Seen the film so thought I would read the book. Wouldn't think it was Stephen King because I seem to think his books are much darker. That's why I liked it.
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The only thing I disliked, and funnily enough disliked in the movie too, was the mouse. It seemed so out of place and, well, boring. I almost skipped those chapters about the mouse because to me, it didn't add anything substantial. A part from that, I adored this book as much as the movie, I don't understand why it's labelled horror as I failed to see it as one. Supernatural sure, but I wouldn't say it's one of King's horrors which is why I probably liked it. Glad I decided to read it, going up there with my favourites for sure.
This book is better. There is a compact story taking place in a Death Sentence Execution prison.
Executions are carried out on an electric chair called Old Sparky :-)
Prime roles are made up of four/five wardens, and three prisoners.
I am starting to believe that Stephen King is writing for daily, ordinary reader for their easy enjoyment.
I am missing intellectual investigations, inquiries into the psychology of people and their motivations.
Stephen King is, most of the time, just showing us what everyone else see on everyday.
( Though this was bit different in his other book, Bag of Bones. For example, there Mike, in a lot of instances, was also explaining what people really meant, and really wanted to say after their utterances.
I really like that unmasking daily politically correct deception.)
Though Stephen King produces enormous amount if great American English narrative, but then when there is nothing happening, and story lacks suspense, it starts feeling like simple, dull, empty, numb.
It gives you a feeling if lot of repetitive talk in the unchanging sphere. And then I slide into disengagement, and I have to put energy to get back.
In this novel, I liked the dry, authentic emotional sphere of the prisoners who are waiting for their execution.
One of the wardens, Percy, keeps yelling "Deadman Walking here" while he is bringing the new prisoner John into his cell.
Indeed, in a way, these people are walking dead. So I liked the talks, and the sphere of Walking Dead.
Percy, unlike four other wardens, is hateful, and sadistic against prisoners for no particular reason.
His sadism reaches its peak when he sabotages execution of a prisoner, Delacroix.
On the execution, Percy did not wet the sponge with salty water they put on top of the head of the prisoner. This is for electric current to go through the body fast and more.
As a result execution took long, and he is literally fried, terrifying the witnesses, and wardens, even Percy.
Wardens, and their supervisor Paul, noticed this horrible deception but they couldn't do anything about it.
Because Percy is a relative of the State Governor. And Percy reminds this to others when he feels so.
And neither Paul, nor others want to risk their jobs because of Percy.
This is a painful situation for Paul. But developments will take care of Percy problem in a way he deserves.
Again supernatural powers are intact in this story.
I am not sure if I like this or not. The reason is that when there is supernatural power, and people just get alone with it as part of daily routine, it feels odd.
Prisoner John, has such power. And it is just not clear why, how he got it. Maybe it is because of his angel heart.
By using his power, John heals Paul's bladder infection without Paul requesting it.
Paul had been suffering dearly from this illness, particularly in every peeing. So Paul is so grateful to John.
Paul, together with other wardens (except Percy) take even John out of prison too heal brain tumor of Chief Warden's wife, Melinda Moores.
John heals her also. Everybody gets stunned.
Melinda, her husband are all enormously grateful to John fro saving her from tumor which was turning her insane.
Paul feels so sad, and helpless about death sentence for John.
John is a huge black man, accused of raping two little girls, and killing them.
By using his supernatural powers, John makes Paul feel that real murderer of the girls is also here, he is other prisoner William Wharton.
But John does not want to dive into business of proving it, and saving himself.
Because he feels that life is so cruel, and deceptive, so it does not worth living in.
John transfers insanity he healed from Melinda Moores to Percy. As a result, Percy kills William Wharton.
This fixes the Percy problem in the prison.
Finally, Paul supervises the execution of John.
He asks John if he has anything to say. He says "I am sorry for what I am"
Mother of the murdered girls witnessing the execution screams "O you monster, you ought to be! You damn well ought to be"
John asks one favor during execution. Do not put the mask on his head. Because he is afraid of dark.
Paul grants this. And orders "Roll On", feeling himself damned forever.
I feel like name of this book could have been I AM SORRY for WHAT I AM
I won't ruin the story for anyone, though i'm sure most people will of seen the film, and if you have you won't be disappointed because the film stayed VERY CLOSE to the book. It is an absolute must read, watching the film previously doesn't take anything away.
I've spent a lot of my time wondering about the imagery and symbolism King uses in this book, why he chose Green for example. And i think a lot of it has to do with his clear opinions on the death penalty, that is from understanding a bit about his beliefs and reading the story. From the get go in this book it is very clear that the real justice for the crimes these men committed, is not simply in the execution...it is on the mile. I love the line "No matter how it happened, Del is the lucky one" and the discussions of how life is pain and suffering, it is so very true. The men are seen as "square with the house" or "paid their debts" once the deed has been done and they've walked the mile, but the real suffering comes from the waiting...waiting to die...with all the pain and things you have lost still going on around you. King makes sure you understand that most of the men on the mile are tormented and live with regret for their crimes, he forces you to see a human side rather than simply the crime. You know why they are there...but you still feel sad for them as they walk the green mile. This is purely down to King, the way he draws you in and his beautiful story telling. Prepare to get kicked RIGHT IN THE FEELS with this one, it is a rough ride emotionally in parts.
There are some fantastic comedy elements to the story as well! Old Toot has to be one of my favourites! (for anyone who has read it, i'm sure they know which part i mean, his "final words"). The mouse is also a wonderful light relief, though i know he symbolises something much deeper which i'm still puzzling on.
If you happen to be doing an English course like i am, then this book will be perfect to flex your brain. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it and look forward to analysing it fully.
If you just want a good book to read...you really can not go wrong with Stephen King. I can highly recommend this book, the only regret you may have is that you didn't read it sooner!
An introduction by the author explains the development of the story, from a short story narrative made up during sleeplessness nights through to a series of short novels written under a tight time pressure through to the novel version (which is the six short novels presented in one binding).
I'm really enthused about the prison aspects but apprehensive about the magical realism as always find this area difficult to believe.
Once I started reading I realised that I need not have been concerned about any aspect as I was in the hands of a master storyteller.
The episodic structure is fascinating and works really well, giving the opportunity for the tension to be increased towards the end of a section. Repetition is allows as a reinforcement at the start of the next section. There is a comfortable predictability to the pace which gives excitement but lets the reader concentrate on the plot twists.
We see the story in the first person narrative of Paul Edgecombe who was the senior officer on a death row in the 1930s. He is now talking from an old people's home much later in his life, remembering a period of his career that effected him for the rest of his life.
Stephen King is well known for his horror stories but I hadn't expected this novel to be so emotive and engaging. From the first page the story grabbed me by dangling teasers of what was going to happen later. His characterizations are amazing - they are people with great back stories and plausible lives. Even the magical aspects of the plot seem that they could be possible.
I've been raving about this book to various people as I've been reading it. Many have previously avoided Stephen King as they are not horror fans but this novel is such a departure which will stay in my head for a long time.