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Cujo Mass Market Paperback – April 26, 2016
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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 Paperback edition.
"Hits the jugular...King's most disturbing horror yet!" (The New York Times)
"Stephen King has created the ultimate horror!" (Houston Chronicle)
"A word of advice: read [Cujo] in your well-lighted home, behind locked doors, when you're snug in your own bed." (Denver Post)
"A biting novel of gut-twisting terror and suspense." (Publishers Weekly)
"White knuckles all the way, Cujo is most devastatingly effective in its use of mundane domestic detail to form the very sinews of terror." (Cosmopolitan)
"A heart-pounding, gut-wrenching thriller that haunts your dreams." (Newport News Daily Press)
"It is nothing less than the state of the art in horror fiction." (Atlanta Journal)
"Just when your blood pressure is back to normal, Stephen King is at it again...with a nightmare his fans won't forget." (Kansas City Star)
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The novel took a long time to build up. However, the writing style helped keep it from getting boring. There was always a little snippet of life outside the main plot given that not a lot actually happens in this book. Loved all the little details. Masterful storytelling. I was engrossed even though the pacing felt slow in the first half. Love the mix of the supernatural even though it was small, it added a layer of connectedness and contributed to tension making some scenes terrifying, that and the mix of characters and points of view, both good and bad, and all different shades in between were ingredients to a wonderful narrative.
Great complex characters, including Cujo, whom left me with conflicting emotions. His story is so bittersweet. As a dog lover, I did find it difficult to see the corruption of such a beautiful and caring canine from something out of his control. Whether intentional or not, the symbolism of rabies, alcoholism, violence, and the evil entity infect and corrupt completely; and it takes sacrifice and a lot of guts and determination to battle such elusive foes.
With lots of gore towards the end, adding to the desperation and devastation it drove home the shock at the end which I did not see coming.
There was one thing that was not tied up though, and even missed in the final comments, and I thought King dropped a prime opportunity to leave us with a shiver. All in all a turbulent horror story about the corruption of innocence and inevitability of evil (and man). It still stand as a tale today, but certain technology (like cell phones and better mechanics) may render the plot a little defunct. Recommended.
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.
The setting was a rural town in Maine, during the peak of summer 1980. Back then, people communicate by landline telephones; ones service is traded for another's goods; life was simple. Yet in one twisted connivance of fate, tragedy can strike not once, not twice, but multiple times. All throughout their ordeal, I always thought that if Donna just had a mobile phone, things would've turned out differently; but of course there'd be no story.
As one can expect, Stephen King's prose combines multiple elements of effective story writing (whatever they are called) through the lives of his characters in his chosen town. All these conspire to weave a tale that one would want to hide away from the world just to relish it, and finish it without disturbance.
Cujo is classic, early Stephen King.. straight up horror. The book was so much more complex than the movie. There was no way to convey what the dog was feeling and thinking in the movie. Great book.