Stephen King – The Green Mile Audiobooktext
With Book Club MadZ, we read Stephen King’s Green Line in January.
I had wanted to attempt to read this author for years, and had this title in my library.
I was very happy he was chosen, it was a real opportunity to get started! I’m generally attracted to the books by this author, except . Stephen King – The Green Mile Audiobook .
I’m a big flippet.
Shining, Carrie, Cujo .
So many titles that I know by name and that have been adapted for cinema, but from which I have always kept carefully away.
The Green Line, I knew from the movie I saw a long time ago, and I knew I would not be afraid of that story.
Paul Edgecombe recounts these memories of the fall of 1932 in a penitentiary in the south of the United States, where he was head warden of Block E, of the “green line”, so named because of the disgusting green linoleum that covered the floor leading to to the electric chair.
That year everything changed for him when John Caffey, a black giant with wet eyes, arrived on the OR, convicted of the rape and murder of two little girls.
As said in the intro, I already knew the story, I remembered the outlines, but certainly not the details.
So I didn’t have any surprise effect at the end, but I benefited from the discovery effect: King’s style, plot details, characters .
And to my great pleasure, I really liked this read (maybe not to the point of immediately considering immersing myself in The Shining, but someday!).
From the “letter to the reader” which opens the novel, we discover that this story appeared in six serials, on the principle widely used in the 19th century (Dickens was the king of this practice).
I have already read a few texts written in this way (Chronicles of Edinburgh by Alexander McCall Smith which I hated and Les Foulards rouges by Cécile Duquenne which I really appreciate) and I must say that from a format point of view, it is the most successful.
Stephen King has really succeeded in mastering this genre which mostly works on page turners and cliffhangers.
With each new episode, he does not forget to slip reminders on the previous ones, so that the reader who would have read the previous one long ago is not lost.
It should be mandatory for all sagas! (it would help a lot people who have a goldfish memory like me)
The writing is very fluid, oral, but very immersive.
Paul, now in a retirement home, goes back to his memories.
We really have the impression that he is confiding directly to the reader, that he needs to tell us this story that has accompanied him all his life.
The author takes the time to set the scene well, both in the penitentiary and in the retirement home, so that we feel close to the characters and that we believe ourselves beside them.
His characters, by the way, are very convincing, if a bit caricature for some (among prison guards there are the “good guys” on one side and the “bad” and incompetent on the other).
The construction on the last few episodes is very clever, with overlays taking place between the past and the present.
It’s very easy and quick to read, I think it can be easily attempted in original version.
Several girls at the club read it in English and didn’t report any difficulties.
It’s not a horrific novel that will blow your mind at the slightest noise, but it does have its share of horrific passages that are difficult to sustain.
Obviously, given the subject .
Between the conditions of detention in the USA at that time, racism, discrimination of all kinds and the passages with the “Widow Courant”, there is something to catch the wreath.
But it’s good.
King not only wrote a novel, it is also a plea for tolerance and open-mindedness, against racism which still pushes judges today to condemn a black person more easily than a white person (read also Do not shoot the mockingbird) and in favor of the abolition of the death penalty.
Anyway, I read the text like that.
I have seen from Wikipedia that this book qualifies as magical realism.
That’s quite right.
We are in a novel that contains significant fantastic elements, but this is only a pretext to portray a harsh reality of society that believes itself to be modern.
Alongside these horrors, there are passages where emotions of rare power break through.
Suffering is a big part of it, but also hope. Stephen King – The Green Mile Audiobook .
Despite the filthy characters who inhabit this novel, Percy, Wild Bill, Bruce, when I finished the novel I wanted to believe in humanity, thanks to John Caffey, Paul, Brutal, Dean, Jan, Elaine .
Really a very good novel, which makes me want to watch the film again and discover more about Stephen King!