Throwback Thursday (December 13) – The Shawshank Redemption

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books.

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

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  • Pick any media (or non-media item) released more than 5 years ago. Remember to keep it book-related!
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My Throwback this week is…

The Shawshank Redemption

Based on the short story Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King

This is the story of Andy Dufresne, a mild-mannered banker wrongfully accused of killing his wife and her lover, and his subsequent imprisonment in Shawshank Prison. It covers the nearly two decades Andy spends in Shawshank, the friendship he forms with Red, another convicted murderer, and the trials and horrors he suffers and overcomes while in prison. It’s one of my favorite movies of all time, and has one of the best movie endings I’ve ever seen. The novella it’s based on is quintessential King — beautifully written, harsh, poignant. But my heart lies with the movie. It’s difficult to watch at times, but so very worth it. I couldn’t count the number of times I’ve seen it, yet I never get tired of it. If you’ve never seen it, and if you have the stomach for it (it is rated R for language and prison violence), I’d say it’s a must-see.

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4 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday (December 13) – The Shawshank Redemption

  1. I think the most interesting thing about this movie is what it tells you about jails in the United States – at that time, but the lessons are lasting! The concept of “penitentiary” is a relatively new one – the idea that you could reenter society. But at the same time it’s so difficult.

    I’ll get off my high horse now but let’s just say this is one of my favorites!
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  2. Another story, The Body (film version, Stand By Me), from the original anthology is one of my favorite King stories, but Shawshank Redemption is definitely up there. I think King’s at his best when he’s reined in a little.

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