- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (10 Nov. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444708120
- ISBN-13: 978-1444708127
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Cujo Paperback – 10 Nov 2011
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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 versus city folk; the parallel marriage conflicts of the Cambers versus 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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book made me remember why I love Stephen King's writing. 1 small criticism which is why 4 instead of 5*'s - There are too many loose ends at the end. Another few pages of an epilogue so I could have closure on the the characters who died, what happened to the bloke who vandalised the house and how everything else settled down. There is one of sorts, but it's too sparse.
Overall, one of Mr. King's best. And you know that his best are very special indeed.
What you wont know is that this book is a slow building page turner, that is tense, brutal and extremely violent in places. King takes no prisoners with this dark and gory tale.
Cujo has a slow start, but it creatively builds to a crescendo of violence and dread.
The book starts off peacefully enough. Cujo, a giant friendly Saint Bernard is out adventuring on his family farm and he ends up chasing a rabbit into a small hole/cave. This is all a bit of fun for the big friendly giant, but unfortunately for Cujo (And the residents of Castle Rock) the small hole doesn't just hold a scared little rabbit. It is also the home to a swarm of rabid bats. And these blood suckers, do not take kindly to the 200 pound dog invading on their turf. One bite and Cujo's life is changed forever. As each day goes by, he is transformed from a friendly loveable household pet, into a 200 pound juggernaut of death and destruction.
One thing that really works about this book is the fact that king lets you inside Cujo's head. You hear every one of his thoughts and its an idea that really works. It makes the character more human and you understand why the dog acts so psychotic towards the end of the book. You are brought along for his whole transformation. You will despise Cujo in places, but at the same time, you understand that his mind is only reacting to the poisonous rage that is flowing through his veins.
When the dog's mind is finally corrupted, he hates everything and everyone.Read more ›
Its not just the human characters that King draws well but Cujo himself is painted in a very sympathetic manner; before the disease Cujo is a big loveable furry heap of a dog, a huge gentle giant, but illness makes him hurt, makes his head pound, makes him confused. Cujo is not the villain here, the villain is rabies, and the villain is fate; the day-to-day living with the card you were dealt, and how twists and turns of fate can affect many others inextricably linked with your destiny.Read more ›
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quite good book.. but King's best.. but readable if nothing else to do.Published 1 month ago by dee verbeek
I really quite liked this book. By far is it not the best King book ive read, nor is it the scariest, but for a small little summer read i did find it overall entertaining and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Caleb
I bought this book used and I could barely notice somebody had already owned it before me. It is one of the best books from Stephen king I have ever read.Published 5 months ago by daniela pisciotta
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