The Green Mile by Stephen KingWhen it first appeared, one volume per month, Stephen Kings THE GREEN MILE was an unprecedented publishing triumph: all six volumes ended up on the New York Times bestseller lists—simultaneously—and delighted millions of fans the world over.
Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk the Green Mile, keeping a date with Old Sparky, Cold Mountains electric chair. Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working the Mile. But hes never seen anyone like John Coffey, a man with the body of a giant and the mind of a child, condemned for a crime terrifying in its violence and shocking in its depravity. In this place of ultimate retribution, Edgecombe is about to discover the terrible, wondrous truth about Coffey, a truth that will challenge his most cherished beliefes... and yours.
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As his narrative shifts back and forth between and the present, Paul explains that his goal in recounting this earlier period of his life is to provide a detailed account of one time during his career when he had serious doubts about his job. At Cold Mountain, Paul supervises E block—the equivalent of what is commonly known as death row. Paul believes in showing compassion toward the death-row prisoners. He and his colleagues Brutal , Harry , and Dean are constantly frustrated by the behavior of Percy Wetmore , a young guard who behaves cruelly toward the inmates, making the atmosphere on E block violent and unpredictable. After the execution of The Chief a Native American convicted for drunkenly killing a man in a fight and the transfer of The Pres who murdered his father by throwing him out of a window to another section of prison, Eduard Delacroix arrives on E block. His arrival is marked by chaos and brutality, as Percy violently drags him into the corridor, insults him, and hits him with his baton. Paul scolds Percy for his behavior, but the young man, who trusts that his political connections can protect him in any situation, feels no sense of remorse—developing, instead, a growing hatred toward Delacroix.
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Paul Tom Hanks is a nice man, probably nicer than your average Louisiana Death Row guard, and his staff is competent and humane--all except for the loathsome Percy, whose aunt is married to the governor, and who could have any state job he wants, but likes it here because "he wants to see one cook up close. He is a gigantic black man, framed by the low-angle camera to loom over the guards and duck under doorways. This is John Coffey "like the drink, only not spelled the same" , and he has been convicted of molesting and killing two little white girls. From the start it is clear he is not what he seems. He is afraid of the dark, for one thing. He is straightforward in shaking Paul's hand--not like a man with anything to be ashamed of. This is not a good summer for Paul.
Sign in. The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift. Death Row guards at a penitentiary, in the 's, have a moral dilemma with their job when they discover one of their prisoners, a convicted murderer, has a special gift. It's just another normal day on the Green Mile for prison guard Paul Edgecomb. That is until huge John Coffey is sent there. Unlike the hulking brute that Coffey looks like, he is in fact kind at heart. Whilst watching over Coffey, Edgecomb learns that there is more to Coffey than can be seen.