BOOK The Green Mile
PDF º BOOK The Green Mile FREE ✓ STEPHEN KING ë When it first appeared one volume per month Stephen King's THE GREEN MILE was an unprecedented publishing triumph all six volumes ended up on the New York Times bestseller lists—simultaneously—and delighted millions of fans the world overWelcome to Cold Mountain PeniteHe body of a giant and the mind of a child condemned for a crime terrifying in its violence and shocking in its depravity In this place of ultimate retribution Edgecombe is about to discover the terrible wondrous truth about Coffey a truth that will challenge his most cherished beliefes and your One of King’s best up there with The Shining and The StandKing 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 understandingIn 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 greater clarity than the actual murder Coppola drew us in to that grisly sight with detail that we can feel a towel can get scorched and catch fire and we become a part of what’s going onLikewise in Steven Spielberg’s 1975 film Jaws when Roy Scheider’s character is shoveling chum into the water the shark surfaces right in front of Scheider The audience laughs at the irreverent profanity but then is immediately shocked at the monster’s appearance Spielberg’s direction played us like a fiddle drawing us in with humor and then when we are open and vulnerable scaring us with the surprise King provides that kind of detail and can also play with our emotions He understands and makes use of the techniue of adding unusual but memorable detail and also mixes shades of humor in with the darker hues of terror to make the portrait tangible The Green Mile is also a minimalist statement about institutional life in America reminiscent of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 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 But than this King’s description of prison life like Kesey’s portrayal of mental hospitals and treatment carries with it a sense of desperate inevitability the harsh realities of this life come down the line like a freight train coming down a track unavoidable and unstoppable There is a detail from the book that I don’t think was included in the 1999 film that was hard to take injustice always is but King’s depiction of this was complicated than what could have been in the movie and so all the heart wrenchingA 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 King’s great talent We are walked through the rehearsals for the executions by electric chair and then seen the performance of that instrument We get to know the men who have this unenviable task and to also spend time with the men who await death in a prose similar in its sympathetic representation to Capote’s In Cold BloodJohn 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 Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men King’s inclusion of fantasy and supernatural elements adds an almost theological tone to the narrative Clearly this is no coincidence as King describes several men as devout and Biblical references and symbolism are ubiuitousHighly highly recommended
Stephen King ó The Green Mile BOOK
When it first appeared one volume per month Stephen King's THE GREEN MILE was an unprecedented publishing triumph all six volumes ended up on the New York Times bestseller lists simultaneously and delighted millions of fans the world overWelcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary home to the Depressi 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 find anything else that jumped out to me I mean the fiction section is like three rows maybe four That includes every genre of fiction No mystery romance horror it's all fiction This is the book I left with last week and this is now my favorite Stephen King book This is King at the top of his game It's the perfect length with all six parts it ends well and he doesn't rely on horror or too much salty language to tell a fantastic story I've always said King is the best when he stays under 400 pages or so and doesn't write about vampires or monsters He dabbles in the supernatural here but not for the sake of scaring the reader He just really really hit a home run with this thing I liked having six separate parts combined into one novel Each new section felt fresh with a new plot element and King helps reset the scene from where he left off before The characters are all well developed and none of them are too outlandish or over the top Even the antagonist That was great I have a solid lovehate relationship with Mr King but I loved this one Seriously this is my favorite book I've read from him Go read it if you haven't already And watch the movie because it's a classic on its own And thank you Stephen King for a beautiful first date with my local library I hope our future encounters are this incredible
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The Green MileOn worn men of E Block 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 But he's never seen anyone like John Coffey a man with t 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 uite 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 bookThis book is up there with my list I like to call King mind fucks and in that group are books like The Shining and Pet Sematary and right there just on the outside looking in is Cujo who didn't uite make that group but still it's a book I consider a 'classic King'There are elements of horror within these pages but it is done in a subtle way and I think King gets of a result with subtle and not with in your face blood and gore It just works better especially for me and it admittedly makes my toes curl The story is lead by Paul Edgecombe who is a guard in charge of 'The Green Mile' which is a block that houses purely death row inmates While Paul was there his block housed some wild and mostly unforgettable characters one being John Coffey a larger than life man who was afraid of the dark and had been accused of a absolutely horrific crime John Coffey changes the lives of the inmates and the guards who work on the mile and we feel human compassion and emotion at it's finest The characters are finely drawn with such care and I felt as if I knew some of those personally I completely loathed the little dick Percy Whet and I haven't hated a character as much as I did Percy Whet at poor Del's execution It made for horrendously uncomfortable reading and that was mainly due to Percy Whet He is a despicable excuse for a human being that literally thrived on watching other people suffer I admire the way King writes about how Paul Edgecombe and his men attempt to give the men on death row respect and dignity until the day when they have to sit on the 'Old Sparky' I think King captures these tender but also powerful moments with ease and with a skilful level that is pretty rare to me I finished this book this morning and I still don't feel uite over it yet I can report that my heart is somewhat calmer but I very much doubt that I'll be able to forget this book for the years ahead of me But let's be honest here why the fuck would I want to?