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THE GREEN MILE by STEPHEN KING
“On the day of my judgment, when I stand before God, and He asks me why did I kill one of his true miracles, what am I gonna say? That it was my job? My job?”
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There are only a few stories out there that have affected me to such a degree that I actually break down in a weeping mess. Very few.
The Green Mile is one of those few.
While this is sometimes regarded as a departure of SK's, more of a supernatural drama than horror, I feel it is one of his best written.
I wept for John Coffey. I wept for Mr Jingles. And for Paul, our protagonist who is swept along for the ride of it all.
The non-linear style of the story being told may at times be jarring for a reader. It wasn't for me, but I can understand the comments I've otherwise read about it. Would it have been better told more linear? I really don't know, but what it is was enough for me.
I also read it in a collected volume, not like the serial release collection it was back in the day. So the small spaces of time readers had to wait until the next book came out wasn't something I got to enjoy. But as a single volume (which is probably the only way you can get it today) is a powerful piece of literature.
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