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Cujo : e. unheiml. Thriller. by Stephen King

Cujo : e. unheiml. Thriller. (original 1981; edition 1986)

by Stephen King

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Title:Cujo : e. unheiml. Thriller.
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Bergisch Gladbach : Bastei-Verlag Lübbe, (1986), Taschenbuch
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Cujo by Stephen King (1981)

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I really enjoyed this. (No surprise there) I found the story very interesting. I have no problem with unhappy endings, but this ending was just completely depressing. Nearly ruined the book for me. But I guess any book that can upset me like that must be great. ( )
  LenaR0307 | Mar 18, 2017 |
I first read this when I was 13, and I think it was even more terrifying 21 years later. Totally gripping with a slow-burning first 100 pages or so to help you really root for the characters. Considering King wrote this when he was in the middle of his drugs/drink problem, it's really rather good (and proves what a master he is at writing damn good stories). ( )
  mooingzelda | Mar 9, 2017 |
I'm not sure why I never read this as a teenager when I was devouring all available Stephen King novels, I guess it never appealed as much as his others. I don't think it's one of his best, and I'm still a bit confused as to whether it's meant to be a bit supernatural, or whether it really is just a tale of a dog getting rabies and a whole lot of unlucky coincidences. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Jan 27, 2017 |
Cujo is a likable Saint Bernard dog living with the Camber family in Castle Rock, Maine. Joe Camber has a car repair shop in his barn and his wife, Charity, is a housewife who dreams of a more properous future than her husband can offer her. Joe Camber is rather blunt and aggressive and his wife dreams of a more sophisticated life in a bigger city. Since she cannot have that dream herself, she wants her ten-year-old son Brett to see what opportunities a good education can offer. Therefore, she takes him on a trip to her sister whose husband is a lawyer. When they return home to Castle Rock, their lives have changed. Joe Camber is dead, killed by their dog Cujo, who has become rabid.

Then there is the Trenton family. Vic Trenton works in advertising. He and his wife Donna have just moved to Castle Rock from New York City. Their son is four years old. Life has not been treating the Trenton's well lately. Vic is struggling not to lose his only big client. Plus, his wife has been cheating on him for some time and he only finds out about it when he gets a note from his wife's lover who seeks revenge on Donna who has dumped him. On top of that, Donna's car is broken and she has to take it to the Camber farm for repairs. She does so while her husband is in Boston on a business trip to save his ad agency. Since she cannot leave her son home alone, she takes him with her. The two of them only just make it to the Camber's when the car dies. The car, however, is not the only thing that's dead. Joe Camber is not to be found, but soon Cujo, the family dog, starts attacking Donna. Donna and her son are trapped in the car, which is their only protection against Cujo. However, it is a very hot summer, they cannot open the windows and they do not have food or drink.

Stephen King himself says about this novel that he likes it a lot, but that he can almost not remember writing it because he was in an alcoholic stupor. Cujo was published in 1981, a time when Stephen King, according to his own description, was a heavy drinker. The novel, then, probably serves as a metaphor for King's life, also being a good guy who only wants the best for his family, but addicted to alcohol, which messes with his head just as rabies messes with Cujo's head.

On the whole, the novel is quite enjoyable, but I think King has written many better novels. 3 stars. ( )
  OscarWilde87 | Jan 4, 2017 |
Yet another truly amazing and masterful tale by Stephen King, I was truly surprised at how King was even able to have the reader feel the emotions of Cujo himself in the novel. ( )
  Emery_Demers | Dec 20, 2016 |
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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."

"Nope, nothing wrong here."
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.

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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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