The Green Mile

By Stephen King,

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Book description

Stephen King's iconic horror masterpiece. An international bestselling and highly acclaimed novel, a must-read for any horror fan, also a hugely successful film starring Tom Hanks.

The Green Mile: those who walk it do not return, because at the end of that walk is the room in which sits Cold…

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3 authors picked The Green Mile as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

The Green Mile wasn’t the first book by Stephen King that I read, but it was the book that addicted me for the rest of my life. Stephen King was the master and this story proved it beyond a doubt. Until this book, I didn’t realize just how beautiful and emotional a horror novel could be. It went beyond gross outs and creepy scares. The feelings brought out in me were deep and real and I honestly shed a few tears by the end of it.  

From Jackson's list on making you fall in love with horror.

When I read this book, I got the feeling that I knew exactly what it was like to be a prison guard in the year 1932. And not just any prison guard, but a man who went to work every day with inmates on death row.

This takes place in a small town with a small cast of characters you’ll get to know very well and in the middle of it all is something magical. Unworldly. If you are not a reader of Stephen King, fear not as this is the kind of story that takes hold of you and…

From Nick's list on drawing you into another world.

This might seem like a strange choice to include in my list of books, but hear me out. From a very young age I’ve been hypersensitive. A concern for others, and suffering in the world, led me to a career in international development. I wanted to learn more about the world, why it was so unequal, and why – so much of the time – it seemed so cruel. John Coffey, the central character in the book, suffered from a high degree of hypersensitivity, and he tried putting an unusual natural gift for helping others to work in a powerful…

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