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The Green Mile

by Stephen King

November 15, 1999 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Green Mile is rated 4.5758 out of 5 by 33.
The #1 New York Times bestselling dramatic serial novel and inspiration for the Oscar-nominated film of the same name starring Tom Hanks, the “literary event” (Entertainment Weekly) of The Green Mile is now available in its entirety.

When The Green Mile first appeared, serialized as 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 list—simultaneously—and delighted millions of fans the world over.

Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-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 the 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 beliefs...and yours.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 544 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.01 in

Published: November 15, 1999

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0671041789

ISBN - 13: 9780671041786

Found in: Horror, Horror

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A definite must read! This book was incredible. Couldn't put it down, it was just soooo good!
Date published: 2012-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This novel is brilliant!!! Had me in tears!!!
Date published: 2012-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful This isn't your typical Stephen King novel. Filled with such emotion and pure wonder, this book changed my life. The innocence of John Coffey is saddenning when you think about the world he was subjected to. It will make you believe in miracles and look at the world differently.
Date published: 2011-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good. well written, interesting.
Date published: 2008-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of THE BEST books I ever read Mr. King is an absolute GENIUS!!! I LOVED this book. It had me go through every emotion I can think of; from astonishment and humor to shock and grief. This book was truly horrifying at times as well as uplifting and amazing at others. I could not put it down. My husband thought I was going bonkers. I'd laugh out loud and then be crying. By the time I got to the end of the book, I could barely read for the tears. Wow, Mr. King, you're Wonderful!!! You're imagination astounds me. Could we please have another like this? Please???
Date published: 2008-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Amazing" I never did like Stephen King's book, but I got to say that this one was excellent, I don't usually cry when reading a book , but I sure did with this one,you really get to like this John Coffey character who's a different kind of being, your heart just go out for him
Date published: 2008-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tearjerker Who'd have guessed Stephen King could make you cry - and not out of fear. This is a wonderful book so worth reading.
Date published: 2008-01-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from AWFUL!!! What a waste of my time and money! I only remembered I had read this series while updating my "bookshelf". Stephen King should be ashamed of himself for foisting this rip-off on the reading public. I remember it was advertised as being such a new concept before being published and I faithfully bought each in the series with the hope it would improve. It didn't!! Weak story-line, pale characters and improbable scenario. I stopped reading his books for years after.
Date published: 2007-11-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from THESE BOOKS SUCK! i AGREE WITH TED FROM LONDON/ONT REVIEW... This was a sloooow, frail story. I couldn't help but visualize the author adding a new chapter each week to the original serial version during a 30 minute break from some more challenging project. It offers little insight into the human journey no matter who the human nor what the journey... You said it, Ted. I don't understand all the hype? It wasn't a good story, it was almost pathetic. It was very weak at times and all I kept thinking was, why am I buying this in installments? Of course, I started with book one and thought, okay maybe its just a weak start. But book 2 was no better. By book three I knew I was hosed. WHAT A SCAM! The dark tower as a series, FINE! I get that. But this piece of crap? DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY! Go get a comfy chair in some CHAPTERS book store or library and read it for free. When you're done, buy a latte and go home and sleep it off. MAN THESE BOOKS WERE A WASTE OF TIME/CASH! the whole time i was reading them i kept thinking that king was simply writing them between his "real" books, God, what a disappoinment! I don't know if I said it already, but the movie sucks too.
Date published: 2006-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book so Far! I bought the Green Mile 2 days ago, and I'll be done by the end of the week. It's the best book I ever read, and I'm not even done. Never have I read 100 pages in a day. (I am very busy most of the time) I liked this book so much that I bought Salem's Lot, Pet Semetary, Carrie, and Bag of Bones too. The only other Stephen King books I read were The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon and a bit of Nightshift and It, but they couldn't hold my interest too much. Stephen King is my new favourite author. I used to read Fantasy, but I'm back into Horror, and let's just say I hope Stephen King's children have the same gift he does!!
Date published: 2003-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Amazing book and amazing movie. I have to admit that when I started this series I was so unimpressed by the tiny installments that I quit reading it after the second, or was it third. It was too disjointed as I couldn't get the books all together. When I got this edition, I sat down and read it cover to cover and loved every minute of it. I even cried at the end (of both the book and the movie). This is a brilliant novel and I am grateful that it came out in the complete form or else I never would have finished it.
Date published: 2001-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smashing! The Green mile was so brilliant!! it was definetly my favourite of all of Stephen King's books... It was really emotional and it really made you feel like you were there, in that pententiary with the characters!
Date published: 2000-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I know I will have fun walking the mile I have not read the book yet but I know I will have fun walking the mile.
Date published: 2000-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing mile it was the greatest book i have ever read. stephen king just takes you into the the mile with him. he brings you like in john coffey's head. part of you goes with the characters when they go. It is simply a serial novel that you will want to read over and over again. Once you have read the book the movie is very good as well. I think that the books are better because you cannot transform this kind of greatness into a motion picture just as great.
Date published: 2000-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Emotive Roller-Coaster, A "Green Mileston Another of Stephen Kings riveting creations - one of his greatest. In the manner he has perfected he sways you from revulsion to pity, from hatred to tears. Staggering. Coffey - "only not spelled the same...."
Date published: 2000-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FABULOUS!!! What a fabulous story...Stephen King is amazing once again. The Green Mile kept me up for many nights...and entered many of my dreams! I have yet to see the movie for fear that it may destroy my vivid mental picture. This one is a definite keeper!!!! A King classic without doubt: every one of my emotions was touched.
Date published: 2000-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Green Mile - Read the book, see the flick! I read this book when it was serialized and found myself in a constant state of turmoil waiting for the next segment. People coming to the story now are fortunate to be able to buy all segments in one book. Even people who are not hard-core Stephen King nuts will be moved by this story. When you finish it, read The Shawshank Redemption; yet another excellent King effort, also set in a prison, but with no supernatural overtones whatsoever.
Date published: 2000-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME This book is the best book ever in the world. This book is fantastic.
Date published: 2000-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of THE BEST books I ever read Mr. King is an absolute GENIUS!!! I LOVED this book. It had me go through every emotion I can think of; from astonishment and humor to shock and grief. This book was truly horrifying at times as well as uplifting and amazing at others. I could not put it down. My husband thought I was going bonkers. I'd laugh out loud and then be crying. By the time I got to the end of the book, I could barely read for the tears. Wow, Mr. King, you're Wonderful!!! You're imagination astounds me. Could we please have another like this? Please???
Date published: 2000-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My First King Wow. What a book. It was one of the best I have ever read. I usually read books by the master Michael Crichton and I had not been able to find an author that is at his ranks and he does not write many books. When I picked this book up I found it amazing, riveting and amazingly suspenseful. Coffey is one of my favorite all time novel characters and this is one of my very favorite books. I could not put it down. This is the first books I have ever been tempted to read a third time.
Date published: 2000-05-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I expect the movie's better This was a sloooow, frail story. I couldn't help but visualize the author adding a new chapter each week to the original serial version during a 30 minute break from some more challenging project. It offers little insight into the human journey no matter who the human nor what the journey.
Date published: 2000-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tears I have to say that I am a avid reader and books have never made me cry, but this one did. I feel in love with the character John Coffey. This is also the first Stephen King book I read, what a great job.
Date published: 2000-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the green mile rocks the green mile is the best serial novel i have ever read in my life stephen king is the best writer in the world. p.s chapters rocks
Date published: 2000-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible!!! I just finished The Green Mile, and I have to say that I was absolutely amazed! As a rule I don't like Stephen King, but this book is truely a masterpiece. From the moment I picked up the book (hesitantly I admit!) and started reading, I was fixed. The Green Mile is the type of book that reminds people why they love reading, and now holds a spot on my list of best books ever written. An outstanding accomplishment in literature.
Date published: 2000-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Put It Down I saw the movie first and wanted to read the book. The book has some subtle changes from the movie, so it holds you in its grasp just the same. Even though its a fairly lengthy book, I read it in 3 days due to the fact that the characters won't let you go. The descriptions of characters, events and places are so complete, you will see and feel each execution. A must-read.
Date published: 2000-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Green Mile - Excellen This book was excellent and so difficult to put down. Even though I am not particularly a Steven King fan I have read many of his books and this one is by far the best. His writing style made it truly enjoyable.
Date published: 2000-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from milestone This was by far one of the best novels I have ever read. I found it very touching as well as horrifyingly sad. Anyone who likes to read at a mature level would love this masterpiece.
Date published: 2000-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Green Mile The Green Mile is the first book I have read by this author and I could not put it down. I highly recommend it. I have heard that the movie has been given three stars from critics which I find hard to believe after reading the book.
Date published: 2000-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I saw the movie first, and this book is very different, in a good way. I am a fan of the author and this book surpasses my favorite book of his, The Shining. This book is a classic.
Date published: 2000-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Two thumbs way up! I loved this novel.... but hated the movie. I think it might have something to do with the fact that when I see a movie after reading the book, I don't usually like the way actors portray the characters who were "real" in my mind while I was reading the book!
Date published: 2000-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping!!!! I went to see the movie before I got the book and I loved the movie so much that I had to read it. It's somewhat different from the movie, and I had never read a Stephen King book before, but it is SOOOOO good!! The characters are extremely clear and it feels as though they're speaking right to you. I would highly recommend this book to anyone! People say that the movie is never as good as the book, but I thought they were both awesome!!! If you haven't read the book or seen the movie, definitely do both!
Date published: 2000-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Green Mile If there is one book that you plan to read soon please make it The Green Mile. Promises of great entertainment and I could not put it down. I give this book a very big thumbs up. Read and enjoy.
Date published: 2000-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Short Mile By far his best work since "The Stand". The seamless knitting of serial chapters creates a full length novel of the struggle between truth and so-called justice. The final execution was far more horrific than any monster ever devised previously by Stephen King. The anguish felt by Paul and his crew was almost tangible. Once again he has breathed life into his characters, and while this book will not scare you per se, it will definitely move you...
Date published: 1999-12-30

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The Green Mile

by Stephen King

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 544 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.01 in

Published: November 15, 1999

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0671041789

ISBN - 13: 9780671041786

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Chapter One This happened in 1932, when the state penitentiary was still at Cold Mountain. And the electric chair was there, too, of course. The inmates made jokes about the chair the way people always make jokes about things that frighten them but can''t be gotten away from. They called it Old Sparky, or the Big Juicy. They made cracks about the Power bill, and how Warden Moores would cook his Thanksgiving dinner that fall, with his wife, Melinda, too sick to cook. But for the ones who actually had to sit down in that chair, the humor went out of the situation in a hurry I presided over seventy-eight executions during my time at Cold Mountain (that''s one figure I''ve never been confused about; I''ll remember it on my deathbed), and I think that, for most of those men, the truth of what was happening to them finally hit all the way home when their ankles were being damped to the stout oak of "Old Sparky''s" legs. The realization came then (you would see it rising in their eyes, a kind of cold dismay) that their, own legs had finished their careers. The blood still ran in them, the muscles were still strong, but they were finished, all the same; they were never going to walk another country mile or dance with a girl at a barn-raising. Old Sparky''s clients came to a knowledge of their deaths from the ankles up. There was a black silk bag that went over their heads after they had finished their rambling and mostly disjointed last remarks. It was supposed to be for them, but I
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From the Publisher

The #1 New York Times bestselling dramatic serial novel and inspiration for the Oscar-nominated film of the same name starring Tom Hanks, the “literary event” (Entertainment Weekly) of The Green Mile is now available in its entirety.

When The Green Mile first appeared, serialized as 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 list—simultaneously—and delighted millions of fans the world over.

Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-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 the 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 beliefs...and yours.

About the Author

Stephen King is the O. Henry Award-winning author of more than thirty books, including Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Bag of Bones, The Shining, The Stand, The Green Mile, and the stories on which the Academy Award®-nominated films Carrie, Stand by Me, and The Shawshank Redemption are based. He is also the author of Storm of the Century, an original screenplay written for television. His most recent volume in the Dark Tower series is Wizard and Glass. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

From Our Editors

All six installments of Stephen King`s bestseller are included in this movie tie-in edition of The Green Mile, The Complete Serial Novel. Lauded as King`s best book in years, The Green Mile takes place in a depression-era Cold Mountain prison. Guard Paul Edgecombe has seen evil incarnate in previous prisoners, but it didn`t prepare him for John Coffey. It is a haunting novel of good and evil, innocence and guilt. In an unprecedented display of popularity, all six novels were on U.S. bestseller lists simultaneously.  

Editorial Reviews

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