Take the first sentence of your favorite book. Make it the first sentence of your post.
This happened in 1932, when the state penitentiary was still at Cold Mountain.
Um, yeah. I was kind of hoping for something that would be a little easier to build around. Guess that’s why Stephen King is a great novelist, and I am not. Some of you may recognize this at the first line from the book The Green Mile. Or rather, the first line from the first serial installment of The Green Mile, The Two Dead Girls.
So, since this is the first line, and I know nothing of 1932, penitentiaries, or Cold Mountain, I guess I’ll just continue with what I feel about the book. Okay, so it’s my favorite, we’ve already established that. But why?
I think I’ve read it three or four times. But it isn’t the only book I’ve read more than once. It is, however, the only book that I have given to friends multiple times. This is great book to give to someone who is going on a long boring trip, such as in an airplane, or will be in the hospital or recuperating from an illness.
Why do I love this book enough to share it with friends? Well, those of you who’ve read me for any length of time know that under the adorkable and silly surface, I am really quite a sentimental sap. I love to share things with people thank I think will inspire them or make them feel warm and fuzzy.
While The Green Mile on the surface appears to be a supernatural story about an accused murderer and a prison guard with a terrible urinary tract infection, it’s really a story about humanity.
For me it’s quite an inspiring story, one where good triumphs over evil, brought to life through the wonderful characters Stephen King puts in this Depression era prison. You would think this would be one of the most unlikely places to see a story full of hope and wonder unfold. But it’s charming. It works, and whether I’m reading it, or watching the movie, it never fails to make me feel better about us as people.
If you haven’t read it. Pick it up if you get a chance. I haven’t read it myself for quite some time, but maybe I’m due.