Reviews of Green Mile, the (1996)
Although the ending is very sad, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole story. The characters, including the mouse are compelling, and it will enertain you till the end. The ending is one of my favorites of all time and it will follow you for the rest of your life (trust me). Overall a near flawless read. 9 out of 10
I watched the movie before the book . I preferred the book rather than the movie as it actually informed you what the prisoners where getting executed for.
I also like the way Stephen King made John Coffey reply "Yessir, Boss" everytime a guard asked him a question.
Excellent Book, Will make you keep on wanting to turn the pages
Review by nzilla (2004-08-26)
The Green Mile is perhaps King's most dramatic departure from his usual writing, both in subject matter and style. The writing itself is great. This a perfect example of first person perspective done correctly. The fact that The Green Mile was originally published as a serial has some interesting effects. Time jumps around in interesting ways and foreshadowing is excellent. The only minor downside is that at the beginning of new parts, a page or two is just copied verbatim from the previous part, this is very minor however, and if you actually read it as a serial you wouldn't mind at all. King tries—and succeeds—to capture the pathos of great literature like To Kill A Mockingbird. The story of Paul Edgecombe and John Coffey is simply powerful. You will grow to care for the men waiting on the Green Mile and will mourn their executions. Due to the first person perspective there is more mentioning of religion than in most of King's works—much more than King himself probably believes in, but this is only to add authenticity to the protagonist and to explore certain themes, the book is never preachy. 9/10
Review by nui6882 (2003-07-19)
Pretty decent, although another King prison story (Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption is far better). The serial component of the novel was interesting, although it does make for a somewhat choppy reading experience when read as a whole. Generally good pop fiction.