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Cujo
Cujo
Author: Stephen King
A cute family dog turns into a vicious family killer in King's canine classic. — 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 definit...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780451161352
ISBN-10: 0451161351
Publication Date: 8/1/1982
Pages: 304
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3.7 stars, based on 447 ratings
Publisher: Signet Book
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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A big friendly dog chases a rabbit down into an underground cave...and the horror begins. Scary because it really could happen, this is a classic horror novel by a great writer in his prime.
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Great classic book
re read it again after many years and will get the movie!
Such intense writing!!
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As grisly as "Carrie", as ominous as "The Shining", as eeire and absorbing as "The Dead Zone", it throbs with evil and shock.
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One of THE most boring King novels that I've read.
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I really liked this book, another scary book by Stephen King. I saw the movie first, but I'm glad I read the book or I'd have never known Cujo's thoughts as his rabies progressed, frightening!
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Good book. Read it many years ago and it sticks with you.
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This book was very good. I couldn't put it down. It really draws you into the story!
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I forgot that there is more to this incredible book than just a dog with rabies. This is classic Stephen King horror...:) It is remarkable how he writes an entire story around a rabid dog!

There are two main families that are involved in this nightmare. The Camber family, owners of Cujo, consists of Joe, his wife Charity and their son Brett. Joe is man that is hard on his family and very controlling. He doesn't let his wife or son go very far without him. Charity wants to visit her sister (and get away from him for awhile) and to do this she must bribe Joe. Luckily she is able to do since she won the lottery. Charity is very torn between wanting to leave Joe and staying with him for her son's sake. Cujo was given to the Camber family as payment from one of Joe's clients and has become Brett's beloved dog.

Vic Trenton's family is been shattered. He has just learned that his wife, Donna, has been cheating on him. On top of this, he is about to lose his biggest account and his job in advertising. To save his job, he must fly to New York and come up with a way to save it. Donna has ended the affair and wants to reconnect with her husband. Vic's trip gives them the space they need to figure out what to do. King has added the special element of the monster in the closet for their son Tad, which foreshadows all the horror he will go through. After Cujo's reign of terror the surviving members of the families must pick up the pieces of their lives.

Stephen King even writes from the point of view of Cujo several times. We see that this was man's best friend and that he didn't want to hurt the people but the disease took over his body and he had no free will left.

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