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Book I:
This happened in 1932, when the state penitentary was still at Cold Mountain.

Notes :
More or less as a challenge, Stephen King published this story as a serial in six parts. Just as in Charles Dickens' time, the story was crafted while the book was already in production. In keeping with the serial concept, the first edition consists of six thin cheap paperbacks.

Places :
Cold Mountain
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Quotes :
  • "I couldn't help it, boss, I tried to take it back, but it was too late."
  • "I'm sorry for what I am."

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  • Written : 1996
  • Intended original title (in form of another story): What Tricks Your Eye
  • The Green Mile takes place in 1932, in the state penitentary at Cold Mountain...
  • Synopsis :
    They call death row at Cold Mountain Penitentiary "The Green Mile." John Coffey, sentenced to die for the rape and murder of two young girls, is the latest addition to the Mile. Paul Edgecomb, the ward superintendent, discovers that there is more to John Coffey than meets the eye, for this friendly giant has the power to heal.

    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).


    Signet 1996.

    "First Printing, month, 1996" on copyright page.
    month = April for Part 1 through August for Part 6.
    "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" on copyright page.

    Dust Jacket price: $3.99.

    Signet 1996.

    "First Printing, month, 1996" on copyright page.
    month = April for Part 1 through August for Part 6.
    "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" on copyright page.

    Dust Jacket price: $3.99.




    Book I
    The Two Dead Girls

    Book II
    The Mouse on the Mile

    Book III
    Coffey's Hands

    Book IV
    The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix

    Book V
    Night Journey

    Book VI
    Coffey on the Mile


    They were sisters, ant the picture-perfect image of innocence. No one understood their brutal death, not even the man who killed them. But John Coffey is about to gain a new insight, about his life in prison, and about the one man who will walk him down that green mile... toward destiny.

    Prepare yourself for Stephen King's boldest exercise in nerve-twisting suspense. A multipart serial novel begins on death row and goes on from there to realms of revelation that make death seem sweet.
    This is Stephen King's most irresistible journey ever.


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