Book: The Green Mile
Author: Stephen King
This is my 41st read for the year
Paul Edgecombe is a guard on E Block - otherwise known as The Green Mile. This is the last stop for the worst prisoners before they are sentenced to death by electric chair for their crimes. After years on the mile, the biggest prisoner they have ever seen - John Coffey arrives on the mile. Convicted of killing two little girls, the guards are not sure what to make of this man. He cries constantly, he is afraid of the dark, and seems like the most mild mannered person they have ever met. As the weeks pass, the truth about who Coffey really is comes to light as his interactions with the other prisoners and guards comes to light.
This was a great book. I have seen the movie a few times and it is one of my favorites. The book is well written, and flows well from past to future as Paul recounts his time in the 1930s as a guard at this prison and what it was like to work with the worst criminals. The author does a good job keeping the story moving - leaving just enough wonder about the smallest details while revealing the truth about Coffey right from the beginning. The reader isn't kept in the dark unnecessarily.
It is a good one. It is a horror novel, of course, so keep that in mind if you decide to read it. But a well written novel like this is worth a look.