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Cujo Mass Market Paperback – August 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.
"Just when your blood pressure is back to normal, Stephen King is at it again."
-Kansas City Star
“Hits the jugular.”—The New York Times
“Just when your blood pressure is back to normal, Stephen King is at it again.”—Kansas City Star
“He builds up the suspense, holds back the dynamite until you’re screaming for it, and then lets you have it.”—Minneapolis Tribune
“It grabs you and holds you and won’t let go…excruciating suspense…a genuine page-turner.”—Chattanooga Times
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King does an eerily, amazing job of creating a fearsome creature that becomes the standard label for all aggressive, and gruesome animals to follow. I had a hard time putting the book down simply because I wanted to see what would happen next, who would be the next victim and if they would live through the encounter with the rabid beast. Complete page turner, that will have the reader entirely engrossed. I definitely have no intentions of seeing the movie, the book was horrid enough.
A highly recommended read (if you haven't already read it) that will have to praying that Cujo never finds you.
It has been said that Stephen King supposedly wrote this book during a dark struggle of his own. I do not know whether or not this is the case but no matter what, King still managed to produce a book that I couldn't put down. This one is well worth picking up!
You really have to be a gifted author to take an ‘impossible’ plot, like a rabid dog, and turn it into a work of art. The characters are timeless and ever so real. The dog Cujo, so loveable, and then so terrifying, makes this book a peoples classic. The story is believable and vivid. The length is, comparing it to many other King works, short. So, if you want to escape for a weekend of pure entertainment in King Land, read Cujo.
The Kindle version is well presented. The price though is a too high at $10.07, for Kindle edition. After all King and his publishers have made many fortunes already, perhaps they should have sold the Kindle version for a dollar or two, thanking his fans for support over the decades.
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I thought I had read this years ago. I must have seen the movie and bragged about reading the book.Read more