The Green Mile, Part 5: Night Journey

The Green Mile, Part 5: Night Journey

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Title:The Green Mile, Part 5: Night Journey
Author:Stephen King
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Edition Language:English

The Green Mile, Part 5: Night Journey Reviews

  • Brian Schwartz

    The cliffhanger at the end of THE NIGHT JOURNEY is one of King's most dramatic moments of his writing career. Few characters in King's universe engender the sympathy that John Coffey garners. In a novel, instant gratification is there. The reader only need turn the page to ascertain Coffey's fate. Serialization made this impossible. Readers in 1996 were forced to wait a month to learn Coffey's ultimate fate and how Paul Edgecombe would reconcile the need to do his duty with his fear for his soul

    The cliffhanger at the end of THE NIGHT JOURNEY is one of King's most dramatic moments of his writing career. Few characters in King's universe engender the sympathy that John Coffey garners. In a novel, instant gratification is there. The reader only need turn the page to ascertain Coffey's fate. Serialization made this impossible. Readers in 1996 were forced to wait a month to learn Coffey's ultimate fate and how Paul Edgecombe would reconcile the need to do his duty with his fear for his soul.

    In John Coffey, King has created perhaps his most memorable character. This is remarkable when one considers the hundreds of characters King has developed over his career and the thoroughness he employed in developing these characters through complex and deep backstories and expansive arcs.

    Coffey is a simple character. He's one dimensional. Although his gifts are revealed through the narrative, he undergoes no change through the course of the story. His backstory is a mystery.

    The essay question at the end of Night Journey reads, “The narrator, Paul Edgecomb, has a strange dream on the way back from Warden Moores’ house. What do you think the dream means?”

  • Arah-Lynda

    Somewhere in here, life got the upper hand and by the time I strolled once more past that bat tree I was able to buy both the 3rd and 4th booklet in this series and the clerk at the store informed me that the 5th was expected any day. I was on the cusp of a long weekend with a veritable feast in front of me.

    And so I ate; ramming it in, taking huge gulps at a time, as Paul Edgecombe suffered through the worst urinary infection of his life,

    Somewhere in here, life got the upper hand and by the time I strolled once more past that bat tree I was able to buy both the 3rd and 4th booklet in this series and the clerk at the store informed me that the 5th was expected any day. I was on the cusp of a long weekend with a veritable feast in front of me.

    And so I ate; ramming it in, taking huge gulps at a time, as Paul Edgecombe suffered through the worst urinary infection of his life,

    when he put himself too close to John Coffey’s magic hands.

    Wild Bill Wharton goes to the back room, the one with the soft walls and we meet Melinda Moore, the warden’s wife. It is the characters here, on King’s Green Mile that bring life to the pages, even Mr, Jingles, mouse extraordinaire; all of them so finely painted, so accessible.

    And honestly, if King is able to so shake me with emotion over, well, vermin, what other power lay in this man’s hands.

    And then Eduard Delacroix walks the green mile and once again Percy Wetmore stains the page and we the reader learn just how bad things can get on the mile. Can any good come of this?

    Thankfully the clerk was right, because when I walked past the bats the following day, book 5 was waiting for me.

    And so I ate some more, having my lunch with the other guards at Paul Edgecome’s house and listened as he outlined his insane plan, the one that resulted in a journey, late at night, a plan that was fraught with peril and put everybody’s livelihood at risk.

    Still, we all went along. only this time Percy Wetmore was surrounded by soft walls, and John Coffey could not take his eyes off the night sky, as our journey began.

    Coming back was different, we were all stunned sure, but Coffey was suffering real bad from his own part in the nights adventures, we all were, except nowhere near like this humble, mountain of a man, about whose huge neck hung Melinda Moore’s fine link chain, with the silver St. Christopher medallion.

    And so I waited for August, as did, countless others.

  • Dark-Draco

    Thrilling! Read this in one sitting over a long breakfast. As usual, the tension that King creates is tremendous, considering the short chapters. The actual showdown at the warden's house was intense. Somehow, i don't think I'll be able to wait long before I read the conclusion to the story.

  • Bradley

    Still excellent, but this time quite subversive in a christian way. :)

    Do a good turn for the Warden? Well, playing Jesus usually doesn't come with bugs, so that's delightfully gross. :) Lots of action this time, and we're reaching the crescendo of the Green Mile novellas.

    It's taking a near super-human effort to keep myself from just going ahead and reading through. How did the ancient peoples over a century ago ever stand it? Serials are a thing of the devil.

  • Karen

    This climactic fifth installment of

    is a culmination of the plot building presented in the previous installments and, thus, is filled with page-turning action. Like the previous installments, King leaves the reader with a dangling story line that must have made his readers in 1996 quite impatient to have to wait a month to find out what happened next. Thankfully, I just have to turn the page.

  • melydia

    Honestly, I think this was the most suspenseful installment of the entire series. Edgecomb and his crew sneak Coffey out of the prison to drop in on the warden, and any number of things could go wrong at any moment. Of course, we’re not entirely out of the woods yet, with one more book to go.

  • Jess

    So. Guess what.

    I don't know if I mentioned this before, but I got all of these books for free from my dad. His fiancee's daughter was cleaning out her collection and my dad knows I like Stephen King, so he snagged these for me and they've been sitting on my shelf for a few months.

    I just started reading them recently, and of course became obsessed.

    Well, little did I know, there are not 5 books in this series. There are 6.

    Guess how many books I have?

    I am so distressed right now, it isn't even fun

    So. Guess what.

    I don't know if I mentioned this before, but I got all of these books for free from my dad. His fiancee's daughter was cleaning out her collection and my dad knows I like Stephen King, so he snagged these for me and they've been sitting on my shelf for a few months.

    I just started reading them recently, and of course became obsessed.

    Well, little did I know, there are not 5 books in this series. There are 6.

    Guess how many books I have?

    I am so distressed right now, it isn't even funny. My only saving grace is that

    did not end on a huge cliffhanger like the last two, so I won't have to obsess until I get my hands on Part 6.

    Like, why Dad? Why must you hurt me like this? Your hurts may not be intentional, but oh, how my literary wounds bleed. His birthday is this Saturday, and you bet that the first thing I'll say after "Happy Birthday" will be "Where the hell is Part 6 of

    ?

  • Julia

    This was actually one of the most interesting and captivating books that I have read from Stephen King & I highly recommend it for any King fans.

    I ended up getting this book from a thrift store and normally following the rules of serial books I was only able to get the last three books for the first three were nowhere in sight. As a result I started off reading "The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix" first and I was caught up in the story, knowing the one main aspect of the book and yet not kno

    This was actually one of the most interesting and captivating books that I have read from Stephen King & I highly recommend it for any King fans.

    I ended up getting this book from a thrift store and normally following the rules of serial books I was only able to get the last three books for the first three were nowhere in sight. As a result I started off reading "The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix" first and I was caught up in the story, knowing the one main aspect of the book and yet not knowing how it would end. Due to life events I was only able to get to "Night Journey". And then I was able to start over this time from the beginning and actually read the whole series.

    The characters like most of King's older books are easy to get along with and have a very well-defined personality even with some of the minor characters. You are given a chance to enter a realistic world with very realistic people whether they are inmate, prison guards or the civilians who back up their men within this world.

    The best part of this book is the fact that it isn't really a horror story as King is well-known for but an emotional story of the paranormal with some horror elements thrown in. Whether you are enjoying the whole novel put together or the serial novel format this will be one book you cannot and will not want to put down for the ending is just like King - unexpected.

  • Mom2triplets04

    This part gave me a bit of a chuckle! Still amazed that John can heal people and putting doubt into our minds if he did actually kill those girls or did someone else do it? Great 5th book.

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