Just finished the whole book . SPOILERS

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Susan Hood Parker

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Glad I got to read it in one big gulp. Had only seen the movie, which they kept pretty close for a change. I read about 4 hours at a time, then had to deal w/ my real life, lol.
Only took me 3 days doing that. Loved it. Glad you tried the experiment. These are people in my life forever.
 

GNTLGNT

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Glad I got to read it in one big gulp. Had only seen the movie, which they kept pretty close for a change. I read about 4 hours at a time, then had to deal w/ my real life, lol.
Only took me 3 days doing that. Loved it. Glad you tried the experiment. These are people in my life forever.
...his characters have a way of doing that don't they?....wander into our minds, and just set up house...
 

Mocos

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I read the book broken up in the six installments. I liked that format and read it fairly quickly that way.
I read it that way, too. Took me six months to read it. Much faster as one novel. I just re-read it. Not much to say about it, it's just a great book. I'll never hear Popeye's chuckle quite the same anymore, though... uck uck uck uck
 

RichardX

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It was an interesting concept to write in serial form but I think the legacy of this book - which in my opinion is one of King's better efforts - suffered a bit in that format. I tend to think of the movie first (which was excellent). To some extent not releasing this as a traditional book made the written version seem more of an aside to the movie than usual. At least to me. Like the Bachman books, it sort of gets ignored when discussing King's books even though that doesn't make a lot of sense. To this day I still don't have a copy even though I have just about all his other books.
 
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I absolutely loved this book. I thought it gave the reader an opportunity to really care about John Coffey even though the story focuses on him later on. I don't know about anyone else, but I cried a lot when Delacroix was talking to Paul about Mr. Jingles's future. Delacroix wasn't a huge character, but I also grew attached to him. When John walked the Mile, I also had to stop a little when Dean and Harry shook his hand (it's hard to read through tears). I think that the ending was great, while also very sad. RIP Mr. Jingles. In a way it's like Mr. Jingles dying is Paul's past being left behind so he can move on into his future without dragging his sadness and regret along with him. Overall, one of the best books I've read, certainly the only book that's made me cry so much!
 

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I absolutely loved this book. I thought it gave the reader an opportunity to really care about John Coffey even though the story focuses on him later on. I don't know about anyone else, but I cried a lot when Delacroix was talking to Paul about Mr. Jingles's future. Delacroix wasn't a huge character, but I also grew attached to him. When John walked the Mile, I also had to stop a little when Dean and Harry shook his hand (it's hard to read through tears). I think that the ending was great, while also very sad. RIP Mr. Jingles. In a way it's like Mr. Jingles dying is Paul's past being left behind so he can move on into his future without dragging his sadness and regret along with him. Overall, one of the best books I've read, certainly the only book that's made me cry so much!
Yes it certainly is a tear-jerker, Delacroix and Mr. Jingles were my favorite characters.