Cujo Hardcover – Aug 1 1982
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Cujo is so well-paced and scary that people tend to read it quickly, so they mostly remember the scene of the mother and son trapped in the hot Pinto and threatened by the rabid Cujo, forgetting the multifaceted story in which that scene is embedded. This is definitely a novel that rewards re-reading. When you read it again, you can pay more attention to the theme of country folk vs. city folk; the parallel marriage conflicts of the Cambers vs. the Trentons; the poignancy of the amiable St. Bernard (yes, the breed choice is just right) infected by a brain-destroying virus that makes it into a monster; and the way the "daylight burial" of the failed ad campaign is reflected in the sunlit Pinto that becomes a coffin. And how significant it is that this horror tale is not supernatural: it's as real as junk food, a failing marriage, a broken-down car, or a fatal virus. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
-Kansas City Star
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Perhaps the ending was inevitable, but in reading some of these reviews which make mention of Stephen King going through a rough period in his life and doing copious amounts of cocaine while writing this book, it's no wonder that the ending was the way it was. I've recently read that this ending was modified for the film version. I still have not yet seen the movie---I know, I know, I'll get to it someday! It received largely negative reviews upon its release in 1983, but if the ending was changed the way I've heard it was, then maybe I'll like it after all!
As it stands, I still enjoyed the first three-quarters of the book, which I read about 10 years ago. My favorite parts actually had nothing whatsoever to do with the titular character; they were the clever cereal saga and the high infidelity drama! Perhaps I should revisit CUJO again soon, if only because most of it is so good. As for the time being, however, I'd have to deem it
MODERATELY RECOMMENDED; AGES 17 & UP
King has said he does not remember writing very much of this novel, that it was written in an almost perpetual drunken haze. It's ironic because Cujo is an amazingly sober read. Maybe the booze explains the brutality of the story, but I think not - like any great writer, King lets the story tell itself. What happens at the end of this novel just happens; King doesn't make it happen. That ending - actually, the whole book - opens up all kinds of questions about Fate and justice.Read more ›
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This I read as a young teen and it scared me for quite a while. Read it again as an adult and its one of King's classics.Published 11 months ago by Janet Stewart
This was one of my first Stephen King novels that I bought/read.. I have now read it so many times I'm in need of a new copy of the book.. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2012 by Alissa
This book is great! I loved it! The book is better than the movie, more detailed and more things in it to make your imagination run wild!Published on March 27 2010 by Sarah Lynn Barnim
I've enjoyed reading some of King's work, but this is by no means one of his best. Although the premise of the story was good and kept me wondering what was going to happen next,... Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by J. Naft
Cujo is one of the most memorable and well written novels Stephen King has written to this day. There are fond memories from everybody who has read the book or seen the movie of... Read morePublished on April 8 2004 by Will Culp
This is one of my favorite novels from King. The plot is pure genius...a gentle, loving family dog that gets rabies from some bats...then unwillingly turns into a savage monster. Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by Lavelle Jackson
it just could be. in the dead zone there was a castle rock serial killer named frank dodd, and in the course of in the book he meets his demise. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2004 by ghostmann
"Cujo" IS a gripping and compelling novel which pulls the reader in by leaving open ends thoughout the entire experience. This book is great from start to finish. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2004