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Cujo Hardcover – Aug 1 1982


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (Aug. 1 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081240128X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812401288
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.5 x 17 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,311,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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ONCE UPON A TIME, not so long ago, a monster came to the small town of Castle Rock, Maine. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 5 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cujo is special. This was my introduction to Stephen King; oh, I'd read that story of his about toy soldiers (in seventh grade English class, no less), but this was my first real Stephen King experience. It was also my first truly adult novel; there's some pretty racy stuff in here, especially when you're an innocent twelve-year-old kid. Steve Kemp, Donna Trenton's jilted lover, is a cretin. That's part of the reason why Cujo has always been my least favorite Stephen King novel - until now, that is. Having finally reread this book, I am quite bowled over by the experience. This is King at his most visceral, his most unrelenting, his most vicious. Dark doesn't begin to describe this novel. The ending was and is controversial (so controversial that it was changed - quite cowardly - in the film adaptation). Speaking of the film, it's important not to judge this novel by that adaptation - in the movie, young Tad is almost impossible to like because Danny Pintauro was just such an annoying child actor, and Cujo himself is little more than a monster because we don't get inside his increasingly disturbed head the way we do in the novel. The real Cujo is a good dog.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Schneider on May 5 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Stephen King's CUJO had so much going for it in its first three-quarters, with the ingenious intertwining of its three major story components, that the ending was a complete letdown for me. Here I followed, with such eagerness, the Trentons, the Cambers, and---of course---the most unlucky St. Bernard in the world, Cujo, for over two hundred pages of complex setup, exposition and conflict (across all three components, by the way) only to have it marred and be almost completely undone by an ending that is as mean-spirited as it is simplistic.
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
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By Nicola Manning-Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 10 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am (re)reading Stephen King's works in chronological order and this re-read was up next for me. I originally read the book when it was first published in 1981 making me 13yo. It made a big impression on me at the time and I was quite shocked it ended the way it did. The change in the movie ending infuriated me. Re-reading it all these years later, I don't find it anywhere near as good as what King had written to this point, though better than Firestarter. Cujo is a short book compared to the other's but longer than Carrie. I had thought this was going to be pure realistic horror but had forgotten about the boogieman element. King goes about playing this realistic, frighteningly possible story of a rabid dog wandering in a rural backwoods area while adding in just a touch of the paranormal which we could believe is imagination on the part of the participants but King won't let us off that easily. Cujo has a small cast of characters and King does something different here for the first time (disregarding the Bachman books) by spending a lot of time on character development of the main handful of major players. There is not even any threat until well over 100 pages in which is 1/3 of the book. King also chooses to write from the dog's point of view occasionally; this is a tricky thing to do and pull off well. But The King does it! Cujo's thoughts come much less frequently than any others, and his passages are always short lending great credibility and success to Cujo never becoming personified. He is always an animal, even though the reader is party to his brief canine thoughts. A good quick read.Read more ›
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