Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King

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A Stephen King novel telling of unfair imprisonment and escape.

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Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he became a teacher. His spare time was spent writing short stories and novels. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the first few chapters from the garbage after King had thrown them away in frustration. Three months later, he received a $2,500 advance from Doubleday Publishing for the book that went on to sell a modest 13,000 hardcover copies. That book, Carrie, was about a girl with telekinetic powers who is tormented by bullies at school. She uses her power, in turn, to torment and eventually destroy her mean-spirited classmates. When United Artists released the film version in 1976, it was a critical and commercial success. The paperback version of the book, released after the movie, went on to sell more than two-and-a-half million copies. Many of King's other horror novels have been adapted into movies, including The Shining, Firestarter, Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers. Under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King has written the books The Running Man, The Regulators, Thinner, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and Rage. King is one of the world's most successful writers, with more than 100 million copies of his works in print. Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages, and he writes new books at a rate of about one per year. In 2003, he received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2012 his title, The Wind Throught the Keyhole made The New York Times Best Seller List.
Published February 16, 1995 by Time Warner Paperbacks. 560 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance. Fiction

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Two characters have sex (their clothes are on, and it's not graphic), one loveable character hangs himself, guards shoot an inmate and frame it as an escape attempt, inmates attempt and, we are told, succeed in raping Andy, and guards beat and kill an inmate in the opening scenes.

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also.....dont regret letting your children watch disturbing things, or innapropriate stuff ive been watching family guy, south park and R rated movie since i was 8 and im think skinned and i got a good perspective on life, and innapropriate movies like shawshank will teach your children to thin...

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I am willing to bet the majority of people reading this review have already seen the film version of The Shawshank Redemption.

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The Shawshank Redemption was a ripping yarn when Stephen King wrote it as a 1982 novella and it remained a ripping yarn in 1994 when Frank Darabont adapted and directed it as a movie starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.

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