The Green Mile by Stephen King

Happy Sunday!  For this week’s Sundays with Stevie Giveaway and challenge, I thought I’d feature the book(s) I plan on re-reading this week.

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The Green Mile – Six Volume Box Set

By: Stephen King

Published by: Signet
Released On: 1996-09-01

ISBN: 0451933028
Pages: 592
Genre:  thriller, drama

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Recommendable for people who enjoy:
Stephen King novels. duh.  Also fans of drama, thriller, and paranormal would totally love this book!

Synopsis (from Amazon):
When Stephen King originally wrote The Green Mile as a series of six novellas, he didn’t even know how the story would turn out. And it turned out to be of his finest yarns, tapping into what he does best: character-driven storytelling. The setting is the small "death house" of a Southern prison in 1932. The Green Mile is the hall with a floor "the color of tired old limes" that leads to "Old Sparky" (the electric chair). The charming narrator is an old man, a prison guard, looking back on the events decades later. Maybe it’s a little too cute (there’s a smart prison mouse named Mr. Jingles), maybe the pathos is laid on a little thick, but it’s hard to resist the colorful personalities and simple wonders of this supernatural tale. And it’s not a bad choice for giving to someone who doesn’t understand the appeal of Stephen King, because the one scene that is out-and-out gruesome (it involves "Old Sparky") can be easily skipped by the squeamish. The Green Mile won a 1997 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel; and Tom Hanks stars in a film of the novel by Frank Darabont, the director of The Shawshank Redemption (from King’s collection Different Seasons). –Fiona Webster



I remember picking this up when it first came out and not really caring about it too much.  I sat it aside and went on to read other things.  I think I was disappointed that it was King, and yet not scary-King. 

A few years later, we were on the road traveling the US with my Mr’s  job and I, being bored, picked up another set.  LOVED the second time around.  I don’t know if it was just because I was older or what but I couldn’t believe how much much I liked them after having given them up the first time around. 

I know this is going to make me cry.  Probably from the very beginning since I know how it’s going to end, but I don’t care.  I can’t wait to flip back through this story, emotional basketfry nor not. =)


My Collection:

Even though my copy of this book is the serial paperbacks and I would love to have the hardback single novel of it…I have no plans to get rid of my paperbacks copy.  I love that it came out in several installments.  (Plus mine are in excellent condition!)


Read this article from the LA TIMES about Stephen King, King of the Thrill by David Ulin – written from the set of the movie THE GREEN MILE!

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