A Sad Tale...

Discussion in 'The Green Mile' started by mstay, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. mstay
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    mstay Older than most, not as old as some.

    I read this when it came out originally as a serial novel. I remember waiting each month for the next book to be released. It was fantastic! And such a fun way to read a story.

    I think the best part of SK's books are the characters. And the characters in this book are very well written. I cried multiple times while reading this.

    What about you?
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  2. gniknehpets
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    gniknehpets Backwards Sister Member

    Weird? I like the same books you do. :welcoming:

    I also read the it as it was published. I was a little peeved at first thinking what a dumb idea, making us wait. But I loved it! I guess Mr. King is pretty smart after all. Now I feel bad for the people who dodn't read it that way. It was a great experience. Also one of his best books. I think this is the book with the record number of kleenex boxes used by me.
  3. Spideyman
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    It was grand having the Green Mile published in monthly installments. I'd rush home from work and go to the local marketplace which carried it. That was the night entertainment- reading the next part.
    yep -- the tissue box rating was high on this one.
  4. Shoesalesman
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    Shoesalesman Well-Known Member

    I read the stories all at once. One of my absolute favorites of any writer.
  5. mstay
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    mstay Older than most, not as old as some.

    I was working at a grocery store at the time and I we were poor college students. So I would just pick it up at work and hide the cost ($3.99?) in the grocery budget. :big_money:
  6. doowopgirl
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    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Yes, very high tissue rating. I liked the serial version for something different. However, I found a hardback version all in one with a bit of bridging material. Honestly, now I like the all in one version.
  7. FlakeNoir
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    FlakeNoir Beta/Moderator Moderator

    I read it as one story and it still remains in my top 10. The movie is just as good, IMO.
  8. Walter Oobleck
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    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    Does anyone else wonder if Paul should not have gone along to get along...you know...w/the business he tended to?
  9. MadamMack
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    MadamMack M e m b e r

    Do you still have your copies? . . .mine were . . .'hurt'
  10. mstay
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    mstay Older than most, not as old as some.

    I got rid of them. I don't know what I was thinking! But a few years ago, after joining this site, I got my head back on straight and I bought six new (used) copies on ebay. :yes_pig:
  11. EMTP513
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    I think I would have cried MORE if I'd known then what I know now; that the story could have happened in real life and that lots of people are being put to death when they were innocent of the crime in question.

    Before I go further I'll come right out and say I'm totally FOR the death penalty, and I was more so until I started checking out what my friend I've known for more than 20 years actually does when he works for ACLU. He's an attorney and has his own practice but he also works for ACLU and has for more than 10 years.
    All of a sudden, I decided that after knowing him all this time I would check out what he does for ACLU, and that's how I found out about all the discrepancies in actually sentencing someone to death and how more minorities actually reCEIVE the death penalty than non-minorities, even in cases where the evidence gathered against the defendant was sketchy.
    My friend is a criminal defense attorney. I think that's what it's called. Anyway, he works on their project called Criminal Law Reform, and he's always been against Capital Punishment b/c he thinks it violates the 8th Amendment of the Constitution. But even if it didn't do that (and it's arguable in MY opinion of whether it violates the Amendment that states you'll "not give a criminal cruel and unusual punishment) there are so many OTHER things wrong with the process of execution that it's starting to seem less and less worth being FOR it.
    Then a few weeks ago, they executed a person in Ohio using a cocktail of two drugs that until they used it to kill the prisoner, had never been tested on people.
    It took him 20 minutes to die.
    I'd never seen that before. I always assumed they found a FAST way to put the person to death. Certainly I never thought they'd give the prisoner something that would take him 20 minutes to die.
    So basically I'm rather confused about the whole thing. But I'm absolutely clear on one thing. I have ZERO interest in paying for an execution that takes 20 minutes to happen and I don't care WHAT the person did. Doing it that way makes it seem too much as if I'm like the murderer, and I have no desire to look like a cold-blooded killer.
  12. Neesy
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    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I think you are right. Whether he actually suffered or not and it was just his body's reaction to the drugs is not the important thing. You would think a "merciful" death should come quickly.
  13. jchanic
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    I intended to wait until all six books were published but I ended up reading them the day each volume came out. I couldn't resist.

    John
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  14. king family fan
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    John Coffey just brought the movie to life. I read the installments. But read them all at once. They were a birthday gift to me.I cried lots.
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  15. guido tkp
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    read the chaps as they hit the stands...all my friends/family knew...when one hit, i was gone for a few hours...

    loved/hated the wait for each one...still, it still ranks as one of my alltime most favorite reads....

    he should really think about trying it out again...for a spooky one, tho...can you imagine that wait...

    never did get the hardback...still have the chaps...
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  16. !redruM
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    !redruM Semi-Well Known Member

    Tsk, tsk, tsk...Anything to get your fix, huh? ;)
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  17. !redruM
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    I got to pick out some of the books in one of my relative's collections that they were getting rid of, and I grabbed 90% of the King novels. She had this one as the full set in a mass market paperback. Worn-out binding, nice pages, great story!

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