Length: 181 pages
Setting: Maine, it felt like the 1950s
Summary: Andy Dufresne is convicted of murdering his wife and lover and is sent to Shawshenk prison. There, he makes a name for himself by doing all the banking need for the guards and wardens in the prison. This gives him some privileges, including a solitary cells that allows him to tunnel through the wall in his cell and ultimately escape. The story is told by Red, his friend in jail, who eventually joins him in Zihuatenejo, Mexico, after getting parole.
Final thoughts: The movie is very faithful to the book. Even better, since I was listening to it, the narrator had a voice very similar to Morgan Freeman, so I could continue to picture him as the narrator. I wish I had read the story before seeing the movie, just to see if I recognized the steps Andy was taking to escape before he finally did. Just another story that reminds me what a good storyteller Stephen King is. (That’s why I can’t read his scary stuff – it’s too believable and I’ll never walk in the dark again!)
Title comes from: Rita Hayworth was the subject of the first poster Andy used to cover up his tunnel. Shawshenk was the name of the prison.
Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a review from a previous year
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