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Em À Espera de um Milagre, Stephen King cria uma galeria de personagens e constrói uma trama, um suspense que se passa no corredor da morte. Originalmente lançado em seis volumes, com o título de O Corredor da Morte, este livro marcou uma experiência inédita de Stephen King na literatura. King contou com a participação dos leitores que esperavam mais uma etapa da história Em À Espera de um Milagre, Stephen King cria uma galeria de personagens e constrói uma trama, um suspense que se passa no corredor da morte. Originalmente lançado em seis volumes, com o título de O Corredor da Morte, este livro marcou uma experiência inédita de Stephen King na literatura. King contou com a participação dos leitores que esperavam mais uma etapa da história de Paul Edgecombe. São estes seis volumes que foram reunidos neste exemplar.

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Em À Espera de um Milagre, Stephen King cria uma galeria de personagens e constrói uma trama, um suspense que se passa no corredor da morte. Originalmente lançado em seis volumes, com o título de O Corredor da Morte, este livro marcou uma experiência inédita de Stephen King na literatura. King contou com a participação dos leitores que esperavam mais uma etapa da história Em À Espera de um Milagre, Stephen King cria uma galeria de personagens e constrói uma trama, um suspense que se passa no corredor da morte. Originalmente lançado em seis volumes, com o título de O Corredor da Morte, este livro marcou uma experiência inédita de Stephen King na literatura. King contou com a participação dos leitores que esperavam mais uma etapa da história de Paul Edgecombe. São estes seis volumes que foram reunidos neste exemplar.

30 review for À Espera de um Milagre

  1. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    So I cheated on my local library last week. I don't think she knows yet, and I feel kind of bad about it. I discovered a smaller library that was actually much closer to my house. She definitely caught my attention, but I never went because it just seemed like the selection was going to be much smaller, and my current library and I have a great thing going right now. But now I'm involved with two libraries and, boy, is my life going great! I found this book at the new library where I couldn't fi So I cheated on my local library last week. I don't think she knows yet, and I feel kind of bad about it. I discovered a smaller library that was actually much closer to my house. She definitely caught my attention, but I never went because it just seemed like the selection was going to be much smaller, and my current library and I have a great thing going right now. But now I'm involved with two libraries and, boy, is my life going great! I found this book at the new library where I couldn't find anything else that jumped out to me. I mean, the fiction section is like three rows, maybe four. That includes every genre of fiction. No mystery, romance, horror... it's all fiction. This is the book I left with last week, and this is now my favorite Stephen King book. This is King at the top of his game. It's the perfect length with all six parts, it ends well, and he doesn't rely on horror or too much salty language to tell a fantastic story. I've always said King is the best when he stays under 400 pages or so and doesn't write about vampires or monsters. He dabbles in the supernatural here, but not for the sake of scaring the reader. He just really, really hit a home run with this thing. I liked having six separate parts combined into one novel. Each new section felt fresh with a new plot element, and King helps reset the scene from where he left off before. The characters are all well developed and none of them are too outlandish or over-the-top. Even the antagonist. That was great. I have a solid love/hate relationship with Mr. King, but I loved this one. Seriously, this is my favorite book I've read from him. Go read it if you haven't already. And watch the movie because it's a classic on its own. And, thank you Stephen King for a beautiful first date with my local library. I hope our future encounters are this incredible.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Henry Avila

    The Green Mile ...a nickname acquired because of the color on the floor in the Cold Mountain Penitentiary's ( somewhere in the American South), E Block , death row under a different alias, during the gloomy year of 1932, the inmates taking the long, long walk their last, to see Old Sparky, the electric chair that will end the lives of these miserable convicted killers ...Nevertheless , the unique green surface is the last thing the nervous residents are thinking about , in their humble cells, pe The Green Mile ...a nickname acquired because of the color on the floor in the Cold Mountain Penitentiary's ( somewhere in the American South), E Block , death row under a different alias, during the gloomy year of 1932, the inmates taking the long, long walk their last, to see Old Sparky, the electric chair that will end the lives of these miserable convicted killers ...Nevertheless , the unique green surface is the last thing the nervous residents are thinking about , in their humble cells, peering through the bars... besides it isn't a distant mile, much shorter they will find out... soon. When the recently convicted murderer of two nine- year- old twin girls, the Detterick's, John Coffey, a giant black man, strong as an ox, enters his final home, sadistic prison guard Percy Wetmore, the governor's wife, nephew, he brags about the political connection constantly, enthusiastically shouts "Dead man walking ", the vicious young officer got that idea, reading it in a cheap magazine. Paul Edgecombe, the official in charge of the block, starts to believe he's innocent...a hopeless situation, Coffey's face is always covered with tears, he is afraid of the dark asking if the lights are kept on at night, the simple minded assassin can't read or write has trouble remembering, a gentle person that has unknown powers though..He cures Paul's very painful urinary tract infection, the very grateful guard tries to find out more information , about the stranger's case ...Mr. Jingles is not an official inmate in E Block, an unregistered guest you might say, a stowaway they would call him if this was a ship, in fact a mouse, quite intelligent for sure , but some others think , is something else entirely . The pet of soon to be extinct inmate M. Eduard Delacroix a Cajun from Louisiana, yet Mr. JINGLES , is obviously smarter then the doom Frenchman. All the guards love this brave little critter, feeding and even getting him a cigar box to sleep in, except you guessed it Percy , an enemy he got, by escaping his deadly clutches hiding in another room. John Coffey saves the mouse's life, the other men hate the creep Percy but cannot get rid of ....tensions increase as a murderer is put to death by Old Sparky ... an ugly, disgusting sight, the mistakes ( or are they) are caused by Mr.Wetmore, not realizing the consequences of his vengeance, he loathe the convict ...watched by witnesses who faint and get sick, puking their dinners. The officers involved in the execution including Paul , despise the job, but during the Great Depression, with long bread lines , they need to feed their families and themselves, many people would be eager to do it. Warden Hal Moores, (a good friend of Mr. Edgecombe)... wife , Melinda , is very ill she will die shortly if nothing is done now..Paul has an audacious , risky notion, maybe the healer Coffey can save this wonderful, kind woman , it can get him and his pals, the other correctional officers into a big mess...even jail time here in Cold Mountain, ironically. ..A superb story by Stephen King, always entertaining, you will learn also, and even feel the pain of the interesting characters...As good as the glorious film version.

  3. 5 out of 5

    AMEERA

    Deserve more than 5 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Councillor

    Rarely does it happen to me that I read a book which actually causes me to tear up to some extent and which I can't stop thinking about even months after turning the last page. You might should have heard about the movie adaption starring Tom Hanks and the late Michael Clarke Duncan (may he rest in peace), and if you haven't considered watching it yet, then please don't hesitate to do so for even one moment. The Green Mile is easily one of my favorite movies of all time, and to be completely hon Rarely does it happen to me that I read a book which actually causes me to tear up to some extent and which I can't stop thinking about even months after turning the last page. You might should have heard about the movie adaption starring Tom Hanks and the late Michael Clarke Duncan (may he rest in peace), and if you haven't considered watching it yet, then please don't hesitate to do so for even one moment. The Green Mile is easily one of my favorite movies of all time, and to be completely honest, I had certain doubts about whether the Stephen King novel it was actually adapted from would be capable of causing the same range of emotions in me as the movie did. And oh, how it succeeded with doing that. First off, allow me to mention something about my love-hate-relationship with Stephen King. During the 80's, he built up for himself a reputation as being one of the major horror writers of his time, but few people actually know about the few touching, emotionally affecting stories he can be called responsible for - let me just mention Stand By Me and Shawshank Redemption, both of which are beautiful movies actually based on a less famous work by Stephen King. I am the first one to admit that King has a capability to write novels you will have a lot of troubles with if you expect to find stories with literary worth. But books like The Green Mile are what I love this author for. For those who are unfamiliar with the story, The Green Mile is the nickname for the death row at Cold Mountain Penitentiary, a prison in Louisiana. During the 1930s, our protagonist Paul Edgecomb receives John Coffey into his custody as supervisor of the death row. Coffey turns out to be physically intimidating, but mentally challenged. How could a man like him, a man who is afraid if the lights are not kept on during the night, have been capable of murdering two innocent girls? Trust me, this is not a story about Coffey's guilt or innocence, however. What King confronts us with is a character-driven story about the daily events on the death row, raising moral and ethic questions along the way, allowing us to care about the small amount of characters he presented to us. Untypically for King's novels, we only meet a few characters, but even those of minor importance to the story are drawn out in such a fascinating way that it becomes difficult to resist caring for all of them. Originally, King published this book in six different installments before releasing the six parts altogether in this novel. Each of those six parts focuses on different elements to the story, with all these parts interfering with each other along the way and finally weaving together a convincing picture of a prison in the 30's. Is this book only about life in prison, however? No, it isn't - by far it isn't. In a frame story, King introduces us to the older Paul Edgecomb who revisits the events on the Green Mile in an attempt to write down his story before his memory can begin to fade away. King starts off each of the six installments of the story by including more insight on the story of Paul's older self, until he finally manages to masterfully create the illusion of two deeply connected plots. Supernatural elements are a minor part of the story, though - as skeptical as I usually am about stories involving magical realism - its inclusion mainly just allowed to emphasize the beauty of the story. "Coffey like the drink, only not spelled the same way." Coffey is introduced as a simple-minded man who is not capable of even understanding what he is accused of, and Paul Edgecomb realizes this - just like he realizes that there is more to the character of John Coffey than just the accusation of having raped and murdered two girls. The cast of characters in this novel is truly convincing - we meet Brutus "Brutal" Howell, Eduard Delacroix with his beloved pet mouse Mr. Jingles, and of course Percy Wetmore. If you haven't met Percy yet, you just have to know that there are actually polls circling around the internet asking whether Hannibal Lecter or Percy Wetmore is the most evil antagonist ever to be introduced in a novel/movie. And Percy actually has more than just a few votes. Talking about Mr. Jingles, I will miss him. Oh, how I will miss him. In the end, this story manages more than just to raise questions. It turned me into a pile of emotions, ranging from nostalgia over grief up to relief - but mostly nostalgia. The last pages included some of the best writing I have ever encountered and yes, I will gladly admit that both the movie and the book made me cry, and I don't find it difficult to believe that they will continue to make me do so in future. Because out of all the movies I have seen and the books I have read, The Green Mile in both its book and its movie version is a story I am going to revisit over and over. If you have only seen the movie, then please don't fear reading the book because even though it is a completely different experience due to a few minor changes and, obviously, a huge distinction in its narrative, the book doesn't fail to convince even after having watched the movie. And if you have only read the book - then what are you waiting for? The Green Mile is, in my opinion, one of the best book-to-movie adaptions which have ever entered the big screen. A beautiful, touching book which I am never going to forget. Buddy Read with Anne who I have to truly thank for continuously encouraging me to keep up reading!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    I have just finished this book and wow what a read. I'm not at all into horror, either in books or in films, and even though my boyfriend has for years tried to get me to read Steven King I've avoided him like the plague. I did know that he wrote other types of books, namely through the re-makes of these books into Hollywood films, i.e. 'The Shawshank Redemption', 'Stand By Me' and of course 'The Green Mile' but still I was weary of approaching him. It was only after my boyfriend read this and na I have just finished this book and wow what a read. I'm not at all into horror, either in books or in films, and even though my boyfriend has for years tried to get me to read Steven King I've avoided him like the plague. I did know that he wrote other types of books, namely through the re-makes of these books into Hollywood films, i.e. 'The Shawshank Redemption', 'Stand By Me' and of course 'The Green Mile' but still I was weary of approaching him. It was only after my boyfriend read this and nagged me into doing the same that I picked it up and I'm so glad that I did. The characters are just so beautifully written and I'm not ashamed to say that I cried many a tear even though I knew exactly what was coming up having seen the movie numerous times. If you are a fan of the movie then you can not fail to fall in love with the book as the movie is one of those rare exceptions in that it is very true to its original source. The delight with the book, as is often the case with books, is that it goes into much more detail in particular with the character of Mr Jingles. This book just illustrates how versatile King is as a writer and that in years to come will probably be considered one of the great literary genius of the Twentieth century.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Green Mile, Stephen King The Green Mile is a 1996 serial novel by American writer Stephen King. It tells the story of death row supervisor Paul Edgecombe's encounter with John Coffey, an unusual inmate who displays inexplicable healing and empathetic abilities. The serial novel was originally released in six volumes before being republished as a single-volume work. The book is an example of magical realism. Characters: John Coffey, Paul Edgecombe, Percy Wetmore, Brutus "Brutal" Howell, America The Green Mile, Stephen King The Green Mile is a 1996 serial novel by American writer Stephen King. It tells the story of death row supervisor Paul Edgecombe's encounter with John Coffey, an unusual inmate who displays inexplicable healing and empathetic abilities. The serial novel was originally released in six volumes before being republished as a single-volume work. The book is an example of magical realism. Characters: John Coffey, Paul Edgecombe, Percy Wetmore, Brutus "Brutal" Howell, American Law Enforcement. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دهم ماه دسامبر سال 2002 میلادی عنوان: مسیر سبز؛ نویسنده: استیون کینگ؛ مترجم: پرویز کریمی ناصری؛ تهران، درسا، 1380، در 525 ص، شابک: 9646104509؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - سده 20 م عنوان: مسیر سبز؛ نویسنده: استیون کینگ؛ مترجم: ماندانا قهرمانلو؛ تهران، افراز، 1386، در 624 ص، شابک: 9789647640527؛ چاپ دوم 1388؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - سده 20 م خلاصه کتاب: داستان در سال 1932 میلادی روی میدهد، و در مورد زندگی «پل اچکامب» یکی از نگهبانان قدیمی زندان «دیترویت»، در ارتباط با زندانی سیاهپوست و غول پیکری به نام «جان کافی» است. «جان» متهم به قتل دو کودک است. «پل» به تدریج به شخصیت «جان» علاقمند میشود، و میفهمد که او دارای یک قدرت متافیزیکی عجیب است. سرانجام «جان کافی» در عین بیگناهی به اعدام محکوم میشود، اما ... ا. شربیانی

  7. 5 out of 5

    Aoibhínn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm a huge fan of Stephen King and The Green Mile has got to be one of the best novels he has ever written. In fact, it's one of the best novels I have ever read in my entire life and a great piece of literature to boot! The novel is simply amazing. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down! It is very beautifully written and extremely moving at times. The plot is original, gripping and heart-breaking. All the characters had depth, and were vivid, intriguing, and believable. The story is told so I'm a huge fan of Stephen King and The Green Mile has got to be one of the best novels he has ever written. In fact, it's one of the best novels I have ever read in my entire life and a great piece of literature to boot! The novel is simply amazing. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down! It is very beautifully written and extremely moving at times. The plot is original, gripping and heart-breaking. All the characters had depth, and were vivid, intriguing, and believable. The story is told so well that it was easy to imagine yourself in Cold Mountain Penitentiary in Alabama back in 1932. It takes a terrific writer to evoke feelings of sympathy for murderers, but Stephen King managed this effortlessly. I wished that John Coffey would be set free somehow, but I knew deep down that he would die. I had tears streaming down my face when he was executed. The novel left me thinking about the death penalty and whether it's time it should be abolished worldwide. I've developed quite a convinced moral stance against the death penalty thanks to reading this novel. My country doesn't have the death penalty so I never really thought much about it until I read this book. I'd give this book more than five stars if I could!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rinda Elwakil

    إن لم تكن قد قرأتها بعد فأقرأها و لا تتأخر ثم شاهد الفيلم بطولة توم هانكس قطعة من الفن.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Preeti

    [Reviewed in 2003.:] Have you ever read a book and been so affected by it that it moved you to tears? I just finished reading The Green Mile by Stephen King and I sat there tearing every few pages or so. It's incredible - the emotion, the feelings... Just the starkness of what's presented. It's a prison story, but moves beyond that, touching on naked human sensibilities, on basic human emotions. Ugh. I am really bad at reviews. What I can talk about, however, is the emotions that the books caused [Reviewed in 2003.:] Have you ever read a book and been so affected by it that it moved you to tears? I just finished reading The Green Mile by Stephen King and I sat there tearing every few pages or so. It's incredible - the emotion, the feelings... Just the starkness of what's presented. It's a prison story, but moves beyond that, touching on naked human sensibilities, on basic human emotions. Ugh. I am really bad at reviews. What I can talk about, however, is the emotions that the books caused to arise in me. Do you believe that people can be evil? Hmm, let me be more specific. Do you believe that a person can be bad, or evil, or however you want to put it, without having any good in them? After reading this book, I would say yesh, there are people who don't have an ounce of good in them. I know, I know - the book is fiction, but that doesn't mean that it can't describe what can actually exist in real life (most of this particular book, anyway). One of the characters in the book was completely... I don't know if I can use the word evil in this context (evil implies demons, maybe even the opposite of god, things like that in my mind), but I guess bad, vicious, diabolic, wicked, cruel would seem like the appropriate description. Even when people gave him a break, after seeing the cruelty and callousness, it made no difference, he continued the same backbiting, sadistic ways of the past. And it didn't matter how many times he was "forgiven" or let off (for the unbelievably montrous deeds he committed), it was the same. One particular part that hit me hard was this (no spoilers ahead, in case you're planning to read - which I highly recommend you do!): "Then I understood why he had panicked, why he'd fought us so hard. He thought we were going to put him in with Wild Bill Wharton; that his punishment for the dry sponge was to be a dry cornholing from the resident psychopath. Instead of feeling sympathy for Percy at this realization, I felt disgusted and a hardening of my resolve. He was, after all, judging us by the way he would have behaved, had our positions been reversed." A person like this can't help but think others will do the same to him as he would to others. I guess that holds true to a certain degree for everyone too. I mean, how often do you think "outside the box"? How often do you think of why a person does or says something without your own perspective having influence over the thoughts? It takes a lot of conscious effort to do that, unless you're enlightened beyond that point. But anywho, amazing book. I devoured it in two days - I couldn't put it down. In fact, I've been losing sleep the past two nights to the book. You really should check it out.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Coos Burton

    Siempre había escuchado cosas positivas en torno a esta historia, pero por alguna razón, siempre le había escapado. Quizá porque suelo ser muy sensible con ciertos tópicos, y por lo poco que había escuchado del libro, sabía que iba a sufrir como condenada pun intended. Y así fue, me lloré la vida, principalmente luego de la mitad del libro. Pero no me arrepiento de haberlo leído, por lo contrario, se ha convertido en uno de mis libros favoritos en la vida, y no solo del autor. Bella historia, rem Siempre había escuchado cosas positivas en torno a esta historia, pero por alguna razón, siempre le había escapado. Quizá porque suelo ser muy sensible con ciertos tópicos, y por lo poco que había escuchado del libro, sabía que iba a sufrir como condenada pun intended. Y así fue, me lloré la vida, principalmente luego de la mitad del libro. Pero no me arrepiento de haberlo leído, por lo contrario, se ha convertido en uno de mis libros favoritos en la vida, y no solo del autor. Bella historia, remueve mil emociones, te mantiene enganchado hasta último momento, y toca tus fibras más sensibles. Hermoso libro, recomendadísimo. Haré una reseña más extensa en mi canal.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Glire

    Después del chasco que me llevé con It, sentía la necesidad de leer algo más de Stephen King, algo que me quitara el mal sabor y me recordara porque admiraba tanto a este señor. Mi papá salió de inmediato al rescate y me ordenó recomendó que leyera La Milla Verde. "Es de los mejores libros de King", dijo. Y yo, como toda hija que se respeta, lo ignoré. No fue sino hasta que Wilier me dijo: "sí no lloras eres una insensible", que decidí darle una oportunidad. Después de todo tenía que demostrar q Después del chasco que me llevé con It, sentía la necesidad de leer algo más de Stephen King, algo que me quitara el mal sabor y me recordara porque admiraba tanto a este señor. Mi papá salió de inmediato al rescate y me ordenó recomendó que leyera La Milla Verde. "Es de los mejores libros de King", dijo. Y yo, como toda hija que se respeta, lo ignoré. No fue sino hasta que Wilier me dijo: "sí no lloras eres una insensible", que decidí darle una oportunidad. Después de todo tenía que demostrar que sí tenía sentimientos. La buena noticia es que mi papá tenía razón: es de los mejores libros de King. La mala es que, aparentemente, soy una insensible. La Milla Verde es uno de esos casos excepcionales en los que King ha decidido dejar de lado el terror para enfocarse en su faceta dramática... pero esto no significa que la historia no horrorice. La injusticia del sistema judicial, el racismo, la realidad de la silla eléctrica, el uso de la muerte como venganza por la muerte. “Somos frágiles como el cristal, incluso en las mejores circunstancias. ¿Matarnos los unos a los otros con gas o electricidad, con premeditación y sangre fría? Es una locura. Un horror.” Nos enfrentamos con las mismas cuestiones filosóficas que han plagado siempre la pena de muerte: ¿es menos culpable el que activa el interruptor de la silla que el que dispara una pistola? ¿Valen más algunas vidas que otras? ¿Es la muerte venganza o justicia? Y con otra un tanto más peculiar: ¿es peor ser condenado a morir mientras los demás viven o ser condenado a vivir mientras los demás mueren? Y en medio de todas estas reflexiones nos encontramos unos personajes inolvidables; donde los buenos son los asesinos y los asesinos son los buenos. Conocemos el lado humano de los condenados, sus temores, sus arrepentimientos, sus ilusiones, y se va borrando la línea entre la victima y el victimario. Es un libro que te parte el corazón, que te muestra las facetas mas oscuras de la humanidad solo para luego sonreir mientras te susurra "¿verdad que lo perdonas? ¿verdad que quieres protegerlo?". Lo curioso es que, por esta misma razón, tambien es un libro que reconforta. No, no lloré, porque cuando lo terminé me sentí llena de esperanza... esa esperanza que puede manifestarse inclusive en la forma de un pequeño ratoncito amaestrado.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mohammed-Makram

    المكان: مدينة صغيرة بإحدى الولايات الجنوبية و بالتحديد سجن الولاية – عنبر الموت الزمان: زمن الكساد الكبير في ثلاثينيات القرن الماضي الحدث: الرأسمالية التي تلتهم الحرية على مهل دون أن ندري عن ذلك شيئا لم يعد في استطاعتي القيام بهذا العمل بعد الأن. سواء أحدث الكساد أم لم يحدث. لم أعد أستطع مشاهدة المزيد من الرجال و هم يمرون بمكتبي في طريقهم لملاقاة حتفهم. و حتى شخص واحد أخر سيكون كثيرا علي أن أراه. الرواية ملغمة بالرموز منذ البداية فكل اسم يحمل بين طياته قصة و هدف و كل حدث مهما بدا غريبا أو تافها فهو المكان: مدينة صغيرة بإحدى الولايات الجنوبية و بالتحديد سجن الولاية – عنبر الموت الزمان: زمن الكساد الكبير في ثلاثينيات القرن الماضي الحدث: الرأسمالية التي تلتهم الحرية على مهل دون أن ندري عن ذلك شيئا لم يعد في استطاعتي القيام بهذا العمل بعد الأن. سواء أحدث الكساد أم لم يحدث. لم أعد أستطع مشاهدة المزيد من الرجال و هم يمرون بمكتبي في طريقهم لملاقاة حتفهم. و حتى شخص واحد أخر سيكون كثيرا علي أن أراه. الرواية ملغمة بالرموز منذ البداية فكل اسم يحمل بين طياته قصة و هدف و كل حدث مهما بدا غريبا أو تافها فهو مقصود مرتين. مرة لذاته و مرة لدلالته الرمزية. في البداية وجدتني أقول: تبا له أيفرد كل تلك المساحة ليحدثنا عن فأر؟!! و لكن بعد أن انقشع الضباب و بدأت شمس الحقيقة تلوح في الأفق تبين لي مدى عبقرية الكينج. نرسف جميعا في أغلالنا من المهد إلى اللحد فإن كنت مشاغبا فستجتاز الميل الأخضر الذي سيسلمك إلى سباركي العجوز .. ذلك الكرسي الكهربائي الذي لا يرحم. أما ان كنت طيبا وامتثلت لإيقاع الحياة فالطريق مفتوح أمامك حيث دار العجائز التي ستموت فيها بعد أن تبلل فراشك مئات المرات و تفقد عقلك و لا تجد من يزورك في وحدتك الا مشرف الدار الذي يتسلى بمضايقتك و انتهاك ما تبقى لك من خصوصية. العالم يدور. هذا كل ما في الأمر. يمكنك أن تواصل حياتك و تدور معه. أو أن تقف مكانك لتحتج و يقذف بك إلى خارج العالم. يصور ستيفن كينج المجتمع الأمريكي في أبشع صوره حيث الرأسمالية قد تجذرت في أعماقه و صار السعي على الرزق و الركض وراء القرش هو الهدف في حد ذاته و صارت القاعدة الصوفية الشرقية مطبقة بشدة في هذا المجتمع!. لا قاعدة الزهد و التقشف بل قاعدة الطاعة و الانصياع للقدر. من اعترض انطرد. نقل فان هاي التيار إلى الدرجة الثالثة و عاد جسم الزعيم يرتجف من جديد و هو يتمايل بشدة من جانب إلى أخر تحت رحمة التيار الكهربائي. و حينما وضع الطبيب سماعته هذه المرة كان الأمر قد انتهى. كنا قد نجحنا مرة أخرى في أن نميت ما لا يمكننا أن نحييه ... نفسا بشرية. عاد الهمس يعلو بين الشهود و أغلبهم يقبع مكانه خافض الرأس .. ينظر إلى الأرض مصدوما أو خجلا. كل شخصية من الحراس تعبر عن شريحة من المجتمع الأمريكي حتى السجناء منهم الرئيس و الزعيم و منهم الهندي الذي اغتاله الحلم الأمريكي بعد منعه حتى من التزين بريشته لحظة الوفاة إلى الزنجي إلى الفرنسي الذي صدر لهم الحرية و تمثالها و القيم الإنسانية الراقية و الفنون فجاء هنا ليروض ذلك الفأر. الفأر الذي هو رمز الحلم الأمريكي و بطل روايته الكرتونية التي لم يمل العالم منها حتى هذه اللحظة. بالرغم من اعدام الفرنسي إلا أن الفأر ظل كحلم ينتظر تحققه على يد الأجيال الجديدة فقد ترك المكان لأنه كان يتوق إلى الحرية بعد أن أنقذه الكلب كالعادة و كما يحدث في الحلقات الكارتونية تماما. أنا لا أنادي بعودة الرق بل أرى أنه يجب علينا أن نكون آدميين و كرماء في جهودنا لحل المشكلة العرقية. و لكن علينا أن نتذكر دوما أن ذلك الزنجي سيعض حتما إذا ما واتته الفرصة. تماما كما سيفعل الكلب الهجين إذا ما واتته الفرصة و خطر له أن يفعل. جون كوفي هو الكلب الضخم الطيب أحيانا و الغبي دائما. هل قتل الفتاتان أم حاول انقاذهما؟ لقد قمت في حياتي بعدد من الأمور التي لا أفتخر بها إلا أن هذه هي المرة الأولى التي أشعر فيها حقا بالخوف من الذهاب للجحيم. نظرت إليه لأتيقن أنه لا يمزح. لا أعتقد أنه كان يمزح "ماذا تعني؟" قال: أعني أننا نعد العدة لنقتل شخصا لم يؤذ أحد منا أو أي شخص أخر. ماذا عساي أن أقول عندما ينتهي بي الأمر واقفا بين يدي الديان و يطلب مني أن أفسر لماذا فعلت ذلك؟ هل أقول أن هذه وظيفتي. و طبقا للواقع فإن الطيبون و العظماء ليس لهم مكان في هذه الحياة و لكن ربما وجدنا لهم مكان على الميل الأزرق ثم في أحضان سباركي العجوز أنا متعب من الألم الذي أسمعه و أشعر به أيها الزعيم. متعب من السير على الطريق وحيدا كطائر صغير في المطر. لم يكن لي مطلقا شخص أسير معه أو يخبرني إلى أين نحن سائران أو من أين نحن قادمان أو لماذا. أنا متعب من قسوة الناس على بعضهم بعضا. إن الألآم تملا رأسي كشظايا من زجاج مكسور. متعب من المرات التي حاولت فيها المساعدة و لم أستطع. متعب من البقاء في الظلام. إن الألم مصيري في كل شيء و ينتظرني أينما توجهت. ألآمي أنوء تحت حملها و لو كان بإمكاني التخلص منها لفعلت. لكنني لا أقدر. الميل الأخضر ما زال يلتهم المزيد من القيم و المباديء و الأخلاقيات و ما زال سباركي العجوز شرها و نهما و متطلعا للمزيد من الدماء التي يحب تجفيفها. الوقت يأخذ معه كل شيء سواء رضينا أم أبينا. الوقت يأخذ كل شيء و يحمل كل شيء بعيدا و في النهاية لا نجد إلا الظلام. أحيانا نجد الأخرين في هذا الظلام و أحيانا نفقد أثرهم مرة أخرى

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    This was undoubtedly one of the best books I have ever read and I enjoyed it even more than I expected (and I had set the bar super high!). This was also the most horrible book I have ever read - but in the best possible way! Not a single sentence was unneccessary; I enjoyed every scene and interaction. The main character was wonderfully developed - he really seemed like a real person and at times it was hard for me to forget that he's just fictional. It was easy to forget that all of this was jus This was undoubtedly one of the best books I have ever read and I enjoyed it even more than I expected (and I had set the bar super high!). This was also the most horrible book I have ever read - but in the best possible way! Not a single sentence was unneccessary; I enjoyed every scene and interaction. The main character was wonderfully developed - he really seemed like a real person and at times it was hard for me to forget that he's just fictional. It was easy to forget that all of this was just made up (and yes, even the fantastical aspects were written and presented in a way that made them seem realistic and believable!). Some might say that John Coffey's character development falls a bit on the short side as you do not find out too much about him and his life. But I thought this was perfect for him and for the role he plays in the story. I found myself wanting to keep reading constantly. I wanted to find out so badly what would happen next, I forgot everything around me! But at the same time, I wanted to set the book aside and never pick it up again, because I just didn't want the story to end. I also want to mention that I have never seen the movie before (something I will now do as soon as possible!), so I absolutely had no idea what would happen. I'm really glad about this, because the events that unfolded in part 6 completely surprised me. Looking back to it, I have to say that the suspense and the buildup to it was done in a perfectly subtle way - something I would love to see more in other books! I often (correctly) guess what will happen in the end, but this time nothing prepared me and I was completely clueless throughout. Overall, this was a wonderful reading experience and I already know that this story is going to stay with me for the rest of my life (and will be reread many, many times). I wish I could describe my feelings about the topics of this book better, but there a simply too many feelings I have. I tried telling my mum about my thoughts, but I just couldn't find the right words - nothing seemed to do this fantastic book justice.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Manju

    I have always wanted to read a Stephen King but since am not into horror genre, I maintained a secure distance between me and books by one of the most famous authors. So when my friend recommended it to me I decided to finally read Mr. King and am glad that I read this. Story revolved around the inmates of Cold Mountain Prison who are there for murdering someone waiting for their death on Old Sparky, an Electric chair. Story is told by prison's warden Paul Edgecombe. Life was pretty much simple f I have always wanted to read a Stephen King but since am not into horror genre, I maintained a secure distance between me and books by one of the most famous authors. So when my friend recommended it to me I decided to finally read Mr. King and am glad that I read this. Story revolved around the inmates of Cold Mountain Prison who are there for murdering someone waiting for their death on Old Sparky, an Electric chair. Story is told by prison's warden Paul Edgecombe. Life was pretty much simple for the workers of prison until Delacroix, John Coffey and William Wharton came to Cold Mountain. Delacroix was mostly a cheerful man when his pet, a little mouse, was around. John Coffey was a quite man and Wharton was the troublemaker. I love how Mr. King has blended the lives of three inmates and in addition to that he also done justice to what workers of prisons go through business of execution of these inmates on Old Sparky. Sometimes it was tough for them and sometimes they just want to get over with this as it was deeply painful as most of the people were no longer what they were at the time of committing a crime. This book is categorized under "Horror" genre but I didn't find it anything like that. It was a beautiful story deeply touching and emotional. Thanks Vidya fo r recommending this book to me for two reasons, first it is a beautiful book and secondly for picking a King novel for me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    One of King’s best, up there with The Shining and The Stand. King is able to terrify because he is adept at drawing us into a scene, luring the reader in with deft characterization and attention to detail that creates empathy and understanding. In Francis Ford Coppola’s brilliant The Godfather part II, in the scene where a young Vito Corleone (played by Robert De Niro) shoots Fanucci, he wrapped his pistol in a towel and the cloth catches fire after the shots. That detail has stayed in my mind in One of King’s best, up there with The Shining and The Stand. King is able to terrify because he is adept at drawing us into a scene, luring the reader in with deft characterization and attention to detail that creates empathy and understanding. In Francis Ford Coppola’s brilliant The Godfather part II, in the scene where a young Vito Corleone (played by Robert De Niro) shoots Fanucci, he wrapped his pistol in a towel and the cloth catches fire after the shots. That detail has stayed in my mind in greater clarity than the actual murder. Coppola drew us in to that grisly sight with detail that we can feel, a towel can get scorched and catch fire, and we become a part of what’s going on. Likewise, in Steven Spielberg’s 1975 film Jaws, when Roy Scheider’s character is shoveling chum into the water, the shark surfaces right in front of Scheider. The audience laughs at the irreverent profanity, but then is immediately shocked at the monster’s appearance. Spielberg’s direction played us like a fiddle, drawing us in with humor and then, when we are open and vulnerable, scaring us with the surprise. King provides that kind of detail and can also play with our emotions. He understands and makes use of the technique of adding unusual but memorable detail and also mixes shades of humor in with the darker hues of terror to make the portrait more tangible. The Green Mile is also a minimalist statement about institutional life in America reminiscent of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Set in the south during the great depression, King does not let us forget that these men endured this job because it was employment, one they were happy and lucky to have. But more than this, King’s description of prison life, like Kesey’s portrayal of mental hospitals and treatment, carries with it a sense of desperate inevitability, the harsh realities of this life come down the line like a freight train coming down a track, unavoidable and unstoppable. There is a detail from the book that I don’t think was included in the 1999 film, that was hard to take, injustice always is, but King’s depiction of this was more complicated than what could have been in the movie and so all the more heart wrenching. A story about executioners, in this case a shift of prison guards working on death row and whose job it is to both care for the condemned inmates and then to actually carry out the sentence, is a setting custom made for King’s great talent. We are walked through the rehearsals for the executions (by electric chair) and then seen the performance of that instrument. We get to know the men who have this unenviable task and to also spend time with the men who await death in a prose similar in its sympathetic representation to Capote’s In Cold Blood. John Coffey (played so well by Michael Clarke Duncan in the Frank Darabont film) was as tragic a figure as ever appeared in our literature and while a cursory comparison could be made to Lenny in Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, King’s inclusion of fantasy and supernatural elements adds an almost theological tone to the narrative. Clearly this is no coincidence as King describes several men as devout and Biblical references and symbolism are ubiquitous. Highly, highly recommended.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Araz Goran

    خمس نجمات ونصف ..

  17. 5 out of 5

    Olivier Delaye

    In my humble opinion this is one of Stephen King’s finest pieces of work, along with the Dark Tower books, The Stand and The Shining. The writing is beautiful, the characterization masterful, the story itself downright compelling and the ending absolute perfection. A masterpiece from start to finish! OLIVIER DELAYE Author of the SEBASTEN OF ATLANTIS series

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    When I decided to read The Green Mile, I was absolutely, positively 100% sure it would never measure up to the movie, and was I ever wrong.All of the characters (including Mr. Jingles) are so well drawn that you feel like you are experiencing their lives and feelings right along with them in Cold Mountain State Penitentiary-1932.If I could rate this magical, unforgettable (rip your heart out) story more than 5 Stars, I would not hesitate to do so. What else can I say except......."Time takes it When I decided to read The Green Mile, I was absolutely, positively 100% sure it would never measure up to the movie, and was I ever wrong.All of the characters (including Mr. Jingles) are so well drawn that you feel like you are experiencing their lives and feelings right along with them in Cold Mountain State Penitentiary-1932.If I could rate this magical, unforgettable (rip your heart out) story more than 5 Stars, I would not hesitate to do so. What else can I say except......."Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not".

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    What a terrific read. Stephen King has done it again. Five wonderful stars. I'm glad that I don't remember hardly any of the movie, because it makes the book so fresh. All I remember is that it had a mouse and huge black prisoner. This book is so much more. It brought all kinds of emotions in me. A very thought provoking novel The story is set in the 1930's at the Cold Mountain Penitentiary. The Green Mile refers to the tiles on the floor in the death row area. It's where every prisoners had to w What a terrific read. Stephen King has done it again. Five wonderful stars. I'm glad that I don't remember hardly any of the movie, because it makes the book so fresh. All I remember is that it had a mouse and huge black prisoner. This book is so much more. It brought all kinds of emotions in me. A very thought provoking novel The story is set in the 1930's at the Cold Mountain Penitentiary. The Green Mile refers to the tiles on the floor in the death row area. It's where every prisoners had to walk on their last days to meet "old sparkey" King was able to develop the characters so well. John Coffey : (last name not spelled like the drink) the gentle giant who knew people's thoughts and could even heal people. He suffered silently because a lot of people would think he might be slow. So he kept pretty much to himself. What a sweet soul. Sentenced to death for murder of twin girls Paul Edgecomb : the ward superintendent compelled to help every prisoner spend his last days peacefully. I liked his passion for something when he was on the right track. He's never encountered someone like John Coffey. This story is told from his point of view. It alternates back and forth from the prison to the nursing home he is currently in. I loved Del and Mr. Jingles The plot flows beautifully. The other characters are well defined and likeable as well, except for a couple. It's an excellent read and I highly recommend if you haven't read it. Things I researched as I was reading, because I want to know these things: Interesting !! Did you know during the depression era that what people really called the electric chair ? In 2008 Nebraska Supreme Court determined that execution by electric chair was cruel and unusual punishment. This state was the last state to eliminate it as sole methos of execution. In 2015 the places where the electric chair is still an option are Alabama Florida South Carolina Kentucky Tennesse Virginia

  20. 4 out of 5

    Carmun

    Bueno, ha pasado un tiempo desde que acabé el libro, y ahora ya puedo dejaros mi opinión: Este es el primer libro de King que leo, debido a que no me suelo leer libros o autores tan aclamados para evitar así una decepción, que es lo que normalmente me llevo. Sin embargo, he de reconocer que King me ha sorprendido, y a pesar de ser una lectura por entregas, me ha encantado su forma de narrar. Es un libro ameno y entretenido, que en ningún momento se hace pesado o repetitivo, en el que todos los pe Bueno, ha pasado un tiempo desde que acabé el libro, y ahora ya puedo dejaros mi opinión: Este es el primer libro de King que leo, debido a que no me suelo leer libros o autores tan aclamados para evitar así una decepción, que es lo que normalmente me llevo. Sin embargo, he de reconocer que King me ha sorprendido, y a pesar de ser una lectura por entregas, me ha encantado su forma de narrar. Es un libro ameno y entretenido, que en ningún momento se hace pesado o repetitivo, en el que todos los personajes tienen su propia personalidad, conoces como piensan y aún así te sorprenden. En cuanto a la historia, en mi opinión es original y completa, en la que se cuenta estrictamente lo necesario, sin excesos ni defectos. Y la narrativa es atrayente y te atrapa, evitando así que puedas soltar el libro. Por lo que agradezco su estructura por partes y capítulos. En resumen, una gran lectura que recomiendo a todos aquellos que disfruten con historias interesantes bien narradas. * 1ª Lectura del grupo: CLUB LITERARIO (https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...)*

  21. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Smith

    I've Just revisited this book and I'm still at 4 stars with it, for the same reasons I stated in my original review. It was never going to jump to five, but I'd been deliberating whether to shuffle it back to a three. --------------------------------- This Depression era tale of life on death row, somewhere in the Deep South, started slowly and it took me quite a long time to grow familiar with the characters on the Green Mile, as it was known. It’s a long book, so that’s not so much of an issue ( I've Just revisited this book and I'm still at 4 stars with it, for the same reasons I stated in my original review. It was never going to jump to five, but I'd been deliberating whether to shuffle it back to a three. --------------------------------- This Depression era tale of life on death row, somewhere in the Deep South, started slowly and it took me quite a long time to grow familiar with the characters on the Green Mile, as it was known. It’s a long book, so that’s not so much of an issue (unless I’d given up on it, of course), and once I was comfortable with the cast I was quickly sucked in to the atmosphere of it all. It’s a good story, a very good story. And it’s well told. But I have some misgivings. What I Liked: At this point I'd read only a few of King’s books (11/22/63, Joyland and Mr Mercedes) but enough to know that ensnaring the reader by drawing believable, empathetic characters is a cornerstone of his longevity as a successful writer. This was certainly in evidence here as I was introduced to, and grew to love, Paul Edgecombe (who narrated the story first person, for the most part) and his colleagues on the Green Mile. Throw in a mixed bag of interesting inmates awaiting their fate and the interactions reached the extremes of tear inducing pathos all the way to hilarious belly laughing humour - the latter particularly emanating from my favourite character, William "Wild Bill" Wharton. But, above all, the dialogue always felt right, it fitted the mood of the place and the time and clearly delineated each character. What I didn’t… I may be alone in this but I found the introduction of Mr Jingles, the performing mouse, to be a distraction – one that added nothing to the story. In fact I’d go further: to me the least attractive element of the book was the use of ‘magical realism’ and Mr J was the element that most jarred, was the least believable. If the mouse’s role had been imperative to the story I’d have lived with it but I truly believe it to have been a superfluous inclusion. I know it would have been hard to tell this tale without asking the reader to suspend disbelief for its duration, but I’d have preferred for this element to have been minimised. As I say, this is just a personal view. An interesting aside is the parallels of the story to Of Mice and Men. Both depict big, innocent men who are completely lacking in guile. In each, this character meets his end at the hand of a companion who shows love for them. If the reader was in any doubt about the author’s intended linkage then the inclusion of the mouse allows King to introduce a phrase to the text that is a close approximation of the title of the Steinbeck book. Overall, it’s an enjoyable read and one that would and did draw me back to more of the author’s work – though I continue avoid the horror books.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Edward Lorn

    I first read The Green Mile in serial form, purchased an episode a month from the Lucky's grocery store in Fontana, California. Now, for a little history lesson. I was born and raised in Southern California. I lived in the same house for 13 years, until my parents went bankrupt and moved to (oddly enough) a much more expensive neighborhood in Colton. Basically I went from the ghetto to Upper-middle class in a single move, and only because my parents went into default on... well, on everything. By I first read The Green Mile in serial form, purchased an episode a month from the Lucky's grocery store in Fontana, California. Now, for a little history lesson. I was born and raised in Southern California. I lived in the same house for 13 years, until my parents went bankrupt and moved to (oddly enough) a much more expensive neighborhood in Colton. Basically I went from the ghetto to Upper-middle class in a single move, and only because my parents went into default on... well, on everything. By clearing out their debt with bankruptcy and losing the house I grew up in, we could afford to live better. That confused the fuck out of me as a kid. I understand it now, but back then all I could think was "If we can't afford our run-down little house, why can we afford this two-story fucker with the huge backyard and all new appliances throughout?" Then, two years after that, in 1995, we moved from Cooley's Ranch (an annex of Colton, CA) to Mobile, Alabama. My sister had married a truck driver who lived in Mobile, and had somehow talked my mother into uprooting me and my father and dragging us across country to Redneck, Hillbillyville, US of A! Yay... (he said, dripping sarcasm.) I still hate this backward-ass state, and that's all I'll say on the matter. We left California in the summer of '95. Come September, Hurricane Opal made us its bitch, and we turned right around and limped back to California. We'd lost everything we owned to that storm, and had nowhere else to go. So we moseyed on home with our tails between our legs. Back in California, we lived off family members until we got back on our feet. It would be the first of three times in my life that I would be homeless. By Spring of 1996 we were back on our feet. Mom was working 16-20 hours a day, and Dad still refused to work. (My father lived off my mother for 25 years, all together, but that's another story for another time.) The Two Dead Girls was the first "book" my mother bought after we got back on our feet. I bought the rest of the serial because Mom didn't want to be bothered with a series. She was afraid it would never be finished, much like the Dark Tower, which she gave up on after The Waste Lands because the ending pissed her off so badly. I devoured these little episodes. I think it's some of the most fun I've had reading a piece of fiction. I wasn't really a fan of comic books as a kid, at least not as much as I was of books in general. Comic books took away a bit of the fun for me. I wanted to imagine the worlds I escaped into, and I couldn't do that when those worlds were painted in brilliant detail page after page. The Green Mile was a comic book without pictures. I dug that very much. And then in the spring of 1997 we moved back to Alabama. I still have no idea why. Fast forward... By 2004 I had been married and moved away from my parents for three years, and had inherited what was left of my mother's book collection. I was working as a nurse support tech (a CNA that draws blood) for a local hospital and life was good. My tiny apartment wasn't big enough for two people (it was my wife and me; my daughter wouldn't be born until April 2005) AND bookshelves (no joke, that place was SMALL!) so my book collection, which included the serialized version of The Green Mile, was in storage. That September, Hurricane Ivan came ripping ass up the center of Alabama. The storage unit wasn't indoors, and every box that was on the floor when the units flooded was ruined. One of those boxes held exactly half of the remains of my mother's King collection. The Green Mile, all six novellas, was among the casualties. The only books that survived were my Plume Dark Tower trade paperbacks and the Grant hardcovers of the final three books (Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah, The Dark Tower), Insomnia, It, and Desperation. All my Koontz, Palahniuk, and Straub books survived just fine too. I still have the King books that made it through the flooding, even though Insomnia is now in several pieces. I know this isn't much of a review, but it's part of my life, and King seems to be the foundation many of my memories are built on. I have since rebuilt my mother's King collection, and I can honestly say it is now MY King collection. But I learned an important lesson by losing those treasured volumes. Nothing lasts forever, and, other than the loved ones you lose throughout your days, everything can be replaced. In summation: This book is wonderful, and it's damn hard to write a review with tears in your eyes. Final Judgment: Required reading.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Franco Santos

    Creo que la combinación del lápiz y la memoria crea alguna clase de magia, y la magia es peligrosa. El Pasillo de la Muerte, también conocido como La Milla Verde o Milagros Inesperados es uno de los mejores libros de Stephen King. La historia está narrada en primera persona por Paul Edgecomb, quien se encuentra en una residencia geriátrica, en sus últimos años de vida. Por eso, decide contarnos antes de morir un hecho que cambió su vida. Él era el encargado de uno de las secciones de la prisión d Creo que la combinación del lápiz y la memoria crea alguna clase de magia, y la magia es peligrosa. El Pasillo de la Muerte, también conocido como La Milla Verde o Milagros Inesperados es uno de los mejores libros de Stephen King. La historia está narrada en primera persona por Paul Edgecomb, quien se encuentra en una residencia geriátrica, en sus últimos años de vida. Por eso, decide contarnos antes de morir un hecho que cambió su vida. Él era el encargado de uno de las secciones de la prisión de Could Mountain; más exactamente el bloque E, el bloque de los condenados a muerte. Paul nos escribe que en uno de sus años de trabajo ingresó un preso totalmente diferente, y ahí es en donde entra en escena John Coffey. John es un negro, llamativo por su descomunal tamaño y con una aparente discapacidad mental. De acuerdo a como se van desencadenando los hechos se empiezan a descubrir más cosas de Coffey, que te van a emocionar. El libro no es de terror, como muchos creen, sino que retrata una sociedad racista y sin escrúpulos. John Coffey es uno de mis personajes favoritos de todas las novelas que leí. Es sumamente conmovedor. Es un libro que llega profundamente al corazón y te invita a la reflexión. Si sos sensible, preparate para llorar a raudales, y si no, también. No es para nada pesado y es imposible despegarse de las páginas. King escribió escenas que te hacen un nudo en el estomago y te dejan totalmente impotente a contener las lágrimas. No tengan miedo a exponer sus sentimientos a esta maravillosa historia. Tiene un final tan fuerte y emotivo... A todos nos llega el final; sé que no hay excepciones. Sin embargo, Dios mío, a veces el pasillo de la muerte parece tan largo...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Azumi

    De los que llevo leídos de King (aún me faltan muchos…) de momento este es el mejor. El relato de Paul Edgecom, jefe del pasillo de la muerte o milla verde de la penitenciaria de Cold Mountain, me ha encogido el corazón. Me he emocionado con el grandullón Coffey, he sentido pena por Delacroix, rabia con el carcelero Percy, ternura con el ratón Cascabel y mucha mucha impotencia. Ha habido muchos pasajes del libro en los que lo he pasado realmente fatal, ¡qué sufrimiento! Es un libro que te hace refl De los que llevo leídos de King (aún me faltan muchos…) de momento este es el mejor. El relato de Paul Edgecom, jefe del pasillo de la muerte o milla verde de la penitenciaria de Cold Mountain, me ha encogido el corazón. Me he emocionado con el grandullón Coffey, he sentido pena por Delacroix, rabia con el carcelero Percy, ternura con el ratón Cascabel y mucha mucha impotencia. Ha habido muchos pasajes del libro en los que lo he pasado realmente fatal, ¡qué sufrimiento! Es un libro que te hace reflexionar sobre muchas cosas, como la pena de muerte, el racismo, la justicia y la injusticia, la amistad o el amor. Realmente un libro conmovedor que me ha hecho sentir mucho y que ayer noche cerré con el corazón en un puño y con lágrimas en los ojos.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    Whenever I mention to people that Stephen King is one of my favorite authors and that they should read more of his work, sometimes I get that "look". So many times he's dismissed into the "genre ghetto" as a popular horror writer and not a gifted writer of "literary" fiction. It frustrates me, because many people have no idea how gifted of a writer he truly is and how versatile he is. Obviously these same people have never read his novellas in the collection Different Seasons, or The Dead Zone, Whenever I mention to people that Stephen King is one of my favorite authors and that they should read more of his work, sometimes I get that "look". So many times he's dismissed into the "genre ghetto" as a popular horror writer and not a gifted writer of "literary" fiction. It frustrates me, because many people have no idea how gifted of a writer he truly is and how versatile he is. Obviously these same people have never read his novellas in the collection Different Seasons, or The Dead Zone, or 11/22/63, or Hearts in Atlantis, or this book especially. The story is set in the 1930's and follows Paul Edgecomb, the head warden on the death row ward of Cold Mountain Penitentiary, a man whose job is to try to make the prisoners' last days and trip to "Old Sparky" as peaceful and humane as possible. One day, a new inmate arrives, John Coffey, a gentle giant black man who is accused on raping and murdering two white young twin sisters. But John Coffey has a special gift. And soon, once Edgecomb and the other guards learn the truth about Coffey, they will soon have all of their beliefs challenged and learn the true meaning of sacrifice and redemption. “Sometimes there is absolutely no difference at all between salvation and damnation.” I believe that The Green Mile is superb. It is solidly on my list of favorite books and it's quite possibly the best full-length novel Stephen King has written. Although at the moment my favorite King novel is The Stand, I believe that this one is better written. It's mood and tone is pitch perfect, with the air of a fable laced with magical realism. The story truly moved me. When I read it for the first time years ago, I finished with what might have been a couple tears in my eyes. And that's a big deal, given the fact that I'm such a hardened badass. Stephen King shows a real knack of being able to take what should be very a brutal, depressing subject like death row during the Depression and infuse it with beauty, emotion, and sentiment that never feels forced. This novel is sincerely special and has stuck with me forever. If you've never read Stephen King's work because you don't like horror stories, then read this and it will make you a fan. If you are already a King fan and haven't read this, then do yourself a favor at start this one immediately.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chrissa Vasileiou

    Το έχω κατατάξει στην κατηγορία "τρόμου",μαζί με τα υπόλοιπα βιβλία του King,αλλά για το μόνο που έχεις να φοβηθείς διαβάζοντας αυτό το βιβλίο είναι για τους δακρυγόνους αδένες σου(καλά,αν έχεις δει ΚΑΙ την ταινία δεν το γλιτώνεις το κλάμα!)Από τα πιο ανθρώπινα που έχει γράψει,με χαρακτήρες που φτάνουν στην καρδιά σου και μια ιστορία που η ανθρωπιά της ξεπερνάει το υπερφυσικό της στοιχείο,νομίζω πως το "Πράσινο Μίλι" είναι όχι απλά ένα από τα σπουδαιότερα βιβλία του Stephen King,αλλά ένα από τα Το έχω κατατάξει στην κατηγορία "τρόμου",μαζί με τα υπόλοιπα βιβλία του King,αλλά για το μόνο που έχεις να φοβηθείς διαβάζοντας αυτό το βιβλίο είναι για τους δακρυγόνους αδένες σου(καλά,αν έχεις δει ΚΑΙ την ταινία δεν το γλιτώνεις το κλάμα!)Από τα πιο ανθρώπινα που έχει γράψει,με χαρακτήρες που φτάνουν στην καρδιά σου και μια ιστορία που η ανθρωπιά της ξεπερνάει το υπερφυσικό της στοιχείο,νομίζω πως το "Πράσινο Μίλι" είναι όχι απλά ένα από τα σπουδαιότερα βιβλία του Stephen King,αλλά ένα από τα σπουδαιότερα και πιο συγκινητικά που έχουν γραφτεί ποτέ.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Foteini Fp

    Εγώ λεω ότι όσο γράφονται βιβλία που μπορούν να μας κάνουν να νιώσουμε τη μαγεία της λογοτεχνίας όλα θα πάνε καλά. Αστέρια πέντε και μία υπόκλιση.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carmine

    Miracoli a Cold Mountain "Se ci si pentisse di quel che si è fatto, un uomo può tornare al tempo più felice del suo passato e viverci per sempre?" "Il tempo si prende tutto, che tu lo voglia o no. Il tempo si prende tutto, lo porta via e alla fine c'è solo l'oscurità. Talvolta incontriamo altri in quell'oscurità e talvolta li perdiamo di nuovo là dentro." L'indimenticabile vicenda di Paul Edgecombe e John Coffey, narrata nel famigerato penitenziario di Cold Mountain negli anni post depressione, n Miracoli a Cold Mountain "Se ci si pentisse di quel che si è fatto, un uomo può tornare al tempo più felice del suo passato e viverci per sempre?" "Il tempo si prende tutto, che tu lo voglia o no. Il tempo si prende tutto, lo porta via e alla fine c'è solo l'oscurità. Talvolta incontriamo altri in quell'oscurità e talvolta li perdiamo di nuovo là dentro." L'indimenticabile vicenda di Paul Edgecombe e John Coffey, narrata nel famigerato penitenziario di Cold Mountain negli anni post depressione, non perde di fascino a dieci anni dalla prima lettura. Circondati da una persistente atmosfera di indifferenza e scarsa sensibilità, "il miglio verde" ci costringe a fare i conti con la pena di morte, con cosa voglia dire distruggere una vita e negare - a colpevoli ed innocenti - una seconda possibilità. Colpisce l'indifferenza di una società intrisa di un razzismo capillare; colpisce la volontà popolare di avere un colpevole, non IL colpevole. Colpisce, forse più di tutto, la disperata ricerca di umanità persa da chi ha commesso errori e che, purtroppo, indietro non può tornare. L'opera di King esalta la bellezza della vita e ne chiede il rispetto assoluto.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vitor Martins

    Que leitura incrível! À Espera de um Milagre foi um livro que mexeu com meus sentimentos de uma maneira muito ampla e também muito única. Me envolvi muito com esses personagens. Senti pena, compaixão, tristeza, ódio... tudo! A narrativa é muito bem estruturada e a história apresenta uma série de situações que me fizeram refletir muito sobre o comportamento humano. O Stephen King consegue criar personagens cheios de camadas numa história onde o assassino não é 100% mal e o policial não é 100% bom. Que leitura incrível! À Espera de um Milagre foi um livro que mexeu com meus sentimentos de uma maneira muito ampla e também muito única. Me envolvi muito com esses personagens. Senti pena, compaixão, tristeza, ódio... tudo! A narrativa é muito bem estruturada e a história apresenta uma série de situações que me fizeram refletir muito sobre o comportamento humano. O Stephen King consegue criar personagens cheios de camadas numa história onde o assassino não é 100% mal e o policial não é 100% bom. Todos os acontecimentos são muito bem amarrados e mesmo a parte mais fantástica que não tem muita explicação, acaba fazendo todo o sentido. É como se o protagonista nos convencesse a acreditar junto com ele. E eu fiquei totalmente convencido. nas páginas finais eu já tinha roído as unha tudoooo. Chorei várias vezes ao longo da leitura (duas dentro do ônibus lotado às 7 da manhã #momentos) e essa é uma história que vai ficar na minha cabeça por um bom tempo.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Wayne Barrett

    What a masterpiece! Stephen King has done a lot of scaring through his books but never has he broken my heart like he did with The Green Mile. Even though there were elements of horror, after all, we had an electric chair called 'Old Sparky', this novel felt more like a tale of fantasy at times. I'm sure most people have seen the movie version and in this case it was very true to the book. Still, this poignant piece of horror classic will go down as one of my favorites. This book was flawless an What a masterpiece! Stephen King has done a lot of scaring through his books but never has he broken my heart like he did with The Green Mile. Even though there were elements of horror, after all, we had an electric chair called 'Old Sparky', this novel felt more like a tale of fantasy at times. I'm sure most people have seen the movie version and in this case it was very true to the book. Still, this poignant piece of horror classic will go down as one of my favorites. This book was flawless and deserves every star!

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