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Cujo by Stephen King
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Cujo (1981)

by Stephen King

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A gentle giant of a Saint Bernard named Cujo and a chance encounter with a bat (of the winged kind, not baseball) unleashes a terror in the small New England town of Castle Rock. Vic Trenton's small ad agency is in trouble and he has to take a business trip to New York and Boston to try and convince their biggest client not to drop them. He leaves behind his wife Donna and small son Tad at probably the worst possible time. Things aren't going great in their marriage and Tad is having trouble sleeping because of the monsters in his closet. But this trip can't be held off, so Vic leaves with a heavy heart. To top it of Donna's Pinto is giving her problems. She holds off as long as she can but has no choice but to get it fixed and decides to take it to local mechanic Joe Camber.

Joe lives across town on an old farm with his wife Charity, son Brett and their loyal dog Cujo. About two days before Donna decides to bring her car to Joe Cujo chases a rabbit into a hidden cave on his property. Cujo is to big to fit anything but his head into the entrance but he does manage to awaken a bunch of bats with his barking. One of these bats bites Cujo on the muzzle, giving the gentle dog rabies. The next morning Brett and Charity leave for Connecticut and Brett goes to say goodbye to his dog. And while he doesnt say anything he knows something is wrong with Cujo.

What happens after is a combo of coincidences and bad luck that brings Donna to the Camber home right as her car decides to die leaving her stranded. With Cujo hungry for blood Donna and her small son Tad are stuck in her car with no one around and no way to call for help. How will Donna and Tad escape? Will anyone come to their rescue before it is too late or are the destined to be victims of Cujo?

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This one took me forever to get through not sure if it was the fact that there was no chapter breaks or the fact that i was reading an actual physical book. Or the fact that the last season of Game of Thrones was about to start and I've been binge watching the previous seasons to get up to date? It was a roller coaster of a read very suspenseful and I found myself on the edge of my seat hoping someone was going to come to the rescue. King set this up perfectly, setting up an event of circumstances and coincidence to bring Donna to the Camber home at the perfect moment.Reading about Donna and Tad being stuck in a small car in the hot summer gave me such a feeling of claustrophobia. And the fact that things could be different if Vic would of made a phone call or if Charity would have told her husband that Brett thought something was wrong with Cujo before leaving for Connecticut. Now I saw the movie years ago but have never read the book, so the ending caught me by surprise and I was not ready for it. I wasn't crazy about the explanation of Vic's ad agency I think those were the times that I was bought out of the book. Still very good and very suspenseful. ( )
  GenreBookReview | May 11, 2019 |
Cujo ist ein 200-Pfund schwerer eigentlich liebenswerter Bernhardiner, der dem zehnjährigen Brett gehört. Brett wohnt mit seiner Mutter Charity und seinem Vater Joe auf einem Hof. Hier gibt es wieder die oft von King verwendete Situation des gewalttätigen und alkoholabhängigen Vaters, der seine Familie mit seiner Unberechenbarkeit tyrannisiert. Parallel dazu erleben wir die Geschichte des vierjährigen Tad, der mit seinen Eltern Donna und Vic ein schönes Leben führt bis auf das Ungeheuer in seinem Schrank, das ihn nachts in Angst und Schrecken versetzt. Der Faden mit dem Ungeheuer im Schrank verlief sich für mich irgendwo im nirgendwo. Tad fantasiert und wird mit seiner Mutter von Cujo tyrannisiert, aber ich fand ich die Verbindung zwischen dem Ungeheuer und dem Hund etwas zu konstruiert. Cujo selbst hat das Pech, dass er nie gegen Tollwut geimpft worden war und sich durch den Biss einer Fledermaus damit infizierte. Am schwierigsten zu lesen fand ich es hier aus der Perspektive des Hundes und wie sich sein Charakter vom liebenden treuen Begleiter Bretts zum von Schmerzen und Wahnsinn geplagten Monster wandelte. Das ging mir sehr nahe. Die Beziehung von Bretts Eltern und die Ehe von Tads Eltern waren hier zwar sehr nett erzählt, aber alles in allem interessierte es mich nicht, dass Tads Vater Vic einen riesigen Werbeetat für seine Firma retten musste. Ich denke, als reine Kurzgeschichte über Cujo und Donna, die mit Tad im Wagen in der Falle hockt, hätte das ganze wesentlich besser funktioniert. Aber so war das Buch eher ein kleiner Lückenfüller.

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Unterhaltsam aber mich hat es jetzt nicht sonderlich vom Hocker gerissen. ( )
  Powerschnute | Mar 21, 2019 |
This was a solid King, but nothing remarkable in part because it hasn't aged well. The era of cell phones has rendered a plot like this obsolete and the tension of a close quarters stand off has paled next to mass shootings and acts of terrorism. It's generally well done for what it is, but the heartbreak and learned helplessness of the characters made more of an impact that the terrorizing dog. ( )
  mediumofballpoint | Mar 4, 2019 |
I had been underwhelmed by the movie when I was younger, maybe that's why I've avoided this book for so long. Reading 'Cujo' is a different experience. And I'm not talking about the usual (and mostly necessary) changes made for the different formats, either. The severe claustrophobia and horror of being trapped in a car by a rabid dog translates better on the page. King has orchestrated a perfect sequence of events that would isolate a mother and her child for two days. Husband's away and marital troubles make a few unanswered calls unsuspicious, the dog's owners are away on an unexpected trip, the mail is stopped, the isolated house is on a dead-end road, and there's a decoy that keeps the police from looking for BLANK and Tad where they should be looking. And on. And it's all plausible. Usually these isolation stories always have some ridiculous aspect, a one-in-a-million circumstance, but as King plays it out in 'Cujo' it all makes sense. It's only two and half days.

There is a hint of the supernatural, of course, with strange visions in the closet and the theme of the permanence of evil and its many forms, but the real terrifying thing about 'Cujo' is the real possibility of it. I don't think I'm going to cry the next time I see 'Old Yeller'. SHOOT HIM! SHOOT HIM NOW! ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
This is the story of Cujo - a friendly, 200 pound Saint Bernard that was bitten by a rabid bat. Cujo had not received any shots against rabies, so he immediately gets sick. He is owned by a young boy, named Brett, who does not know Cujo is sick before leaving on a vacation with his mom.



Another family - the Trentons - are in the same town. They have met Cujo when Brett's dad has worked on their car in his garage. Mrs. Trenton's car starts to give her trouble while her husband is away, and she and her young son go to have it fixed and come face to face with a now rabid Cujo.



This book was not that great. I am a big Stephen King fan, but this one was just a bit....boring. It had intense sections - yes. But the in between banter between the characters seemed all over the place. It was hard to hold my interest.



This one was just....eh. I don't recommend. ( )
  JenMat | Jan 10, 2019 |
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About suffering they were never wrong,
The Old Masters: how well they understood
Its human position; how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along...

—W.H. AUDEN, "Musée des Beaux Arts"
Old Blue died and he died so hard
He shook the ground in my back yard.
I dug his grave with a silver spade
And I lowered him down with a golden chain.
Every link you know I did call his name,
I called, "Here, Blue, you good dog, you."

—FOLK SONG
"Nope, nothing wrong here."
—THE SHARP CEREAL PROFESSOR
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This book is for my brother, David, who held my hand crossing West Broad Street, and who taught me how to make skyhooks out of old coathangers. The trick was so damned good I just never stopped.

I love you, David.
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Once upon a time, not so long ago, a monster came to the small town of Castle Rock, Maine.
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"Once upon a time, not so long ago, a monster came to the small town of Castle Rock, Maine."

Cujo used to be a big friendly dog, lovable and loyal to his trinity (THE MAN, THE WOMAN, and THE BOY) and everyone around him, and always did his best to not be a BAD DOG. But that all ends on the day this nearly two-hundred-pound Saint Bernard makes the mistake of chasing a rabbit into a hidden underground cave, setting off a tragic chain of events. Now Cujo is no longer himself as he is slowly overcome by a growing sickness, one that consumes his mind even as his once affable thoughts turn uncontrollably and inexorably to hatred and murder. Cujo is about to become the center of a horrifying vortex that will inescapably draw in everyone around him—a relentless reign of terror, fury, and madness from which no one in Castle Rock will truly be safe....
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0451161351, Mass Market Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:22 -0400)

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Cujo, a two-hundred-pound Saint Bernard, becomes infected with rabies and kills four people in Maine.

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