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The Green Mile
The Green Mile
Author: Stephen King
ISBN-13: 9781416524335
ISBN-10: 1416524339
Publication Date: 9/1/2005
Pages: 544
Rating:
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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4.4 stars, based on 22 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
It has been many years since I have read a Stephen King novel. This is one of his best. I have seen the movie starring Tom Hanks many times and the book was perfect for filling in all the little holes. It really allows you to get to know the personalities of the characters, something a two hour movie has difficulty conveying. I highly recommend this book, even to those that have seen the movie as many times as I had before I finally read the book.
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I've not seen the movie, but the novel is complex and rewarding. It does address some of the tough issues surrounding incarceration and the death penalty. That's okay, the issue is addressed from many sides and is enlightening.
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This book is incredible. It is a journey where you will need a lot of kleenex and will felt spent when it is over.

It is impossible to not feel some sort of emotion for most of the characters in this book. You will love them, or hate them, or relate to them, or feel sorry for them.

I am so glad the follow up events, a sequel if you will, were added at the end. It brought closure.
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Helpful Score: 2
Better than the movie. I am not much of a Steven King fan, but this book I did not want to put down.
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Having seen the movie many times, I was thrilled to finally read this book. This is one of Stephen King's best writes, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I understood the characters portrayed in the film on a much deeper and complex level after reading, and knowing what happened to Paul's wife was a sad, yet satisfying conclusion to the story. A moving novel that deserves to be read.
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The year is 1932, the place is E Block for convicted killers on death row.
This is one of Kings Best Stories, and I'm sure there are very few who do not know it.
It's about the guards and inmates and a mouse called jingles. A huge black man called John Coffey with special powers.
If you haven't seen the movie you must read the book, I read it after I saw the movie. This is a must read.....
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Great story. It orginally came out like an old fashioned serial of 6 parts. Since tht set has all six parts it can be read like a novel. Stephen King is engaging, the plot great and good triumphs evil.
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This is one of King's best. He always paints characters in my mind that I feel something for, be it hate, love, pity, or any of a thousand other emotions. This book delivers on that, with feeling to spare. Mr. King is a master at taking us on a journey and this is one of the most exhausting journeys he could have taken me on. I originally read this when it was introduced piecemeal and, although I couldn't wait to read the next one, I was happy for the respite in between. It gives a believable look at what death row was like all of those years ago and, especially interesting since it is coming from a man from Maine (the whitest state in the nation), it gives us a good look at racism at it's worst. King's characters, although complex, are never confusing. This makes for a much easier and more comfortable read, something that I have come to look for in other authors and rarely find. I can always count on Stephen King to do the work for me and to carry me through the labyrinth that is his imagination.
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Im not to sure how I feel about this book. I only read it because I really loved the movie. I enjoy reading the books that movies I love are made from because I like to get all of the extra details. This book really sort of mirrored the movie and most of the added elements are things that I really could have done without. Still I am glad I got the chance to read it.
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A+++Excellent book. Much better than the good movie.
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Better than the movie
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The best Stephen King book I've ever read. It is even better than the movie if you can believe it. You won't want to put it down once you start.
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Stephen King, not quite as creepy as he usually is.
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Stephen King has been a reliable author for me, one I come back to periodically for the quality of his prose and the consistency and sheer variety and inventiveness of his storytelling. But with this one, The Green Mile, he utterly blindsided me with his talent.

Of the (not so many) King books I've read to date, this one is hands down my favorite. It's a remarkable bit of writing, a deceptively understated tale that blends horror, fantasy, and reality into a seamless whole. Setting, plot, and most especially the incredibly well-drawn characters made this a story I couldn't easily set aside. It's one of the very few times I've finished a book, resolved to read it again, and resolved to look for the movie version. It's probably not typical King--if there is such a thing--but I think it's one of his very best.
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This is an AMAZING book and probably one of the few that the movie brings it to life. You feel for every one of the characters that the author brings vividly to real life.
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I've read a few Stephen King novels and this was my favorite, by far.
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One of the greatest books I have ever read. You love the charcters or you really hate them, but you feel something for every charcter involved, including the loveable little mouse Mr.Jingles.
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king at his best
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I've yet had time to read this book, and won;t since I don't read Stephen King much anymore. This book is nearly new, with just a little shelf wear.
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I could not put this book down! The surprises came at each page turn.
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I'm a Stephen King lover and I rate this book in his top five. I cried.
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Great story, different for King, but enjoyable.
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Great book!
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A very good story. I remember waiting in great anticipation for the next installment when this book was originally published as a serial.
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Not your average Stephen King. I loved the book! So much better than the movie!
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Powerful book. Not typical Stephen King.
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I liked this Stephen King very much. It was not a horror story like his others, but very very compelling nonetheless.
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you wont be able to put this book down
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One of King's finest.
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One of my favorite Stephen King books.
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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.
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This book speaks for itself!!!! WOW!!!!
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Great story.
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Excellent book. Well worth reading
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Great story.
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Story about death row during the Great Depression, from the point of view of the 'regular' guards on E Block. Loved the ending, which followed the main character into old age and how his experience with a prisoner's "healing" touch affected him, and the other guards.
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This book was fantastic, I was surprised it was Stephen King, given that it isn't his usual scary stuff. I loved this book
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Love this book. Actually the only one of Stephen King's books I was able to read. The movie was good, but all in all, the book is always better.
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Better than the movie.
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Great book, well-written. I highly recommend this book whether you're a Stephen King fan or not - it's a great read. My husband who is NOT a reader, even enjoyed this book!
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One of Stephen King's best books ever. I read it when it came out in the serial version. I loved it!
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Very unusual book by Stehpen King. If you like King you will like this
but I had a hard time getting into it.
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Better than the movie.
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So well-written! King is a master story teller.
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great movie, even greater book.
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An intersting fantasy. I found only one mistake in this book, and it is probably an arguable one. It has to do with the crime scene in the prison near the end of the tale.
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The 6-part boxed set novel that sent chills down my spine the first time I read it. John Coffey is about to walk the Green Mile to the electric chair. Did he really do it or was he in the wrong place at the wrong time?
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The book is so much better than the movie, there are scenes in here that just add so much to it, and give it so much more substance.
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great book
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excellent read
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I love this book. All of the short stories are together in this book.
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Big hit as a movie; if you're a Stephen King fan.....
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awesome read, but then again it is the master SK so you know it will be good.
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Excellent book.
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Excellent book! This is actually a collection of short stories which makes up the novel. It reads more like a novel though.
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This is the BEST book that Stephen King has ever done...And to have the best audio voice ever reading it is supreme...Frank Muller takes you right into the book and doesn't let go until the end. Magnificent.
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I enjoyed this book, I couldn't put this book down!!! I like that it was a different King.
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I really enjoyed the story. Couldn't put it down. Just the right amount of creepy and strange.
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A great Stephen King novel. Even better when you don't have to buy each part seperate. This is the complete novel. One of my favorites!
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A nice story. If you've seen the movie, the book will help illuminate more depth and detail.
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I found this to be one of King's better stories. Has wonderful characters and great plot. Despite its length, the reading went fast.
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This is the gift pack, with 6 individual books for each chapter of the story. Just one in my collection of Stephen King books. Check out the rest.
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Great series. I read it when it first came out and had to buy the books separtley. Waiting on each one to come out.
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Really good, explains a lot more than the movie, the description of the characters and how humans react in certain situations is very interesting.
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There is a reason why Stephen King is so popular. Sure, he's had a few missteps but when King is on top of his game, he is quite simply one of the best. He has an uncanny ability to create characters who live and breathe. Even when I dislike the overall plot lines, I am drawn to King's works because the characters are so inviting and the experiences they have are so human. King makes this look easy, which I'm sure it isn't...I highly recommend it to fans and non-fans alike.
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Brilliant story told only as Stephen King can.
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"The Green Mile" is one of my favorite books. Though it's only the third King novel that I've read, I think it's safe to say that this is one of his best works. I've read "Carrie" and "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon," and both are great reads, but "The Green Mile" is my favorite King book so far.

The story runs the gamut of emotions. From the sick feeling when the reader finds out about the grisly deaths of two young girls, to the sorrow you feel when you realize what might have really happened and the joy experienced when an old friend is revealed near the end of the story. There are some great characters here as well, fleshed out to perfection so that the reader feels the emotions of each character. We are introduced to Paul Edgecombe, who is writing this serial, the enigmatic John Coffey, Brutal, Dean, Percy, the psychotic Wild Bill, and, of course, the simple Cajun man, Delacroix, and his best friend, Mr. Jingles.

As the story unfolds, you can't help but feel for the characters. I don't want to give away too many details, since most folks have probably read this book already or at least have seen the movie. All you really need to know is that these are some of the most emotion-laden characters you'll ever meet. For instance, you'll instantly feel sad for John Coffey and his tear-filled eyes as he asks Edgecombe if there's a light kept on at night because he is afraid of the dark. You'll also hate one particular character and probably rejoice when he gets his just desserts via a set-up partially pulled off with the help of Coffey.

Pick this one up if you want to read a great story. It isn't scary, which King is most known for, but it's just a wonderful tale that will move even the hardest heart to tears.

Highly recommended.

Reviewer: K. Fontenot "Prairie Cajun" (Lake Charles, LA)
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outstanding!
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This book was EXCELLENT. Much better than the movie.
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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 Mountains electric chair.
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The book is even better than the movie.
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Great book! one of the few that, when turned into a movie, i still liked it! Of course, the book is always better. Definitely worth reading.
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A great read!
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I love this book. I have actually read it multiple times and would read it again. There are not many books that I can do that with. It is definately worth the read
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A thoroughly enjoyable King tale that draws you into the circumstances and makes you feel like you know the characters.
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My teenagers loved it!
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AWESOME!!
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I haven't even watched the movie yet because I don't want to ruin such a great book!
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"I first read this book as the chapbook series back in the mid 1990's and found it a pleasure and very easy to read these small books mainly because of their size (about 80 pages each) but very hard to put down.

...I found myself watching in almost disbelief as to how closely the movie was made to the actual book. Everything described in the book was almost the same image on the silver screen as to what appeared in my head when I was reading the chapbooks...

...this book is a must read even if you...have disliked Stephen King novels in the past as it is a big step sideways for this author and has an appeal to an even greater audience." amazon review
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one of his best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Great book!
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The Book version of the well known movie. Read and see how they are alike and how they differ.
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GREAT BOOK, BETTER THAN THE MOVIE.
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One of SK's best non scary books!
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King does a great job with characterizations in this one, especially that of the giant Coffey.
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Super read!
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I originally read this story when it first came out in the six part series. I loved it then and I love it now. The book is so entertaining and keeps you wanting more. It seems that you know the characters and start feeling something for each of them. Yes, including the mouse. What a wonderful, entertaining story.
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a great read, as good as the movie if not better.
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Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk the Gren Mile, keeping a date with 'Old Sparky,' Cold Mountain's elelctic 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.
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There is so much feeling in these pages, that it is hard to describe. You will feel lots of emotion while reading this book. This is a book about the supernatural, as opposed to straight-up horror. True to King's style are the characters...you love them or you hate them. You always care about his characters one way or the other. There is no indifference while reading a Stephen King book and this book is probably the best example of that.
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I like the story. I would have rated higher, but I found the profanity and crude language quite distracting.
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A good read.
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this was a great book series
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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 Hedgecombe 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 shocking retribution, Edgecombe is about to discover the terrible, wondrous truth about Coffey, a truth that will challenge his most cherished beliefs...and yours.
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Stephen King at his best makes a terrific book that noone should miss. You feel you're are inside the characters. Death row is seen in it's terrifying reality. John Coffee can cure from the mouse Mr. Jingles to the warden's wife dying from cancer. There is nasty Percy. Will he get his comeupance? The movie makes you visualize the characters, but King's prose makes the come alive. Is Coffe innocent? Will he get pardoned? This is one terrific book!!
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OK, slightly out of character Stephen King. Too long, like so many of his.......
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I could not put this down when I read it.
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King became too wordly in many of his books, but not in this one, full of suspense and a really great read, a movie was made of this but the book is better!
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Such a compeling story
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King really shows his chops as a great storyteller in The Green Mile. I loved this book and all of its little, intertwining stories. A great read, start to finish. King might be a "horror" guy, but this book is just great American literature.
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Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary the worn men of block E. Convicted killers all waits his turn to walk the Green Mile, keep a date with "Old Sparky" Cold Mountain's electric chair. Prison guard Paul has seen oddities in his years working the Mile. He has never seen anyone like John Coffey, man with body of a giant but the mind of a child, condemned for a crime terrifying in its violence and shocking it its depravity. Paul is about to discover the terrible, wonderous truth about coffey, a truth that will challenge his most cherished beliefs.
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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.
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The fantastic story of life, death and miracles.
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as an avid fan of Steven King's.
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Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to 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.
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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", Colg 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 shorcking 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 cherised beliefs...and yours.
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Welcomne to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to Depression-worn men of E Block. They are all convicted killers, waiting his turn to walk the Green Mile. The electric chair awaits each of them. Paul Edgecombe has never seen anyone like John Coffey. He is a man with the body of a giant and the mind of a child who is condemned for a crime terrifying in its violence and shocking in its depravity. Edgecombe is about to discover the terrible, wondrous truth about Coffey, a truth that will challenge his most cherished beliefs.
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This is a paperback however, it comes in a box and is look new condition. Great for a gift.
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A History making novel in it's entirety. (It first appeared one volume per month) All six volumes hit the New York Times bestseller list simultaneously and delighted millions of fans all over the world.

I have not personally read this book.
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AD FAAB!
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Gently read once.