Cujo

Cujo

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by Stephen King
     
 

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The #1 bestseller—for King's rabid fans.

It happens innocently enough, but doesn’t it always. A big, friendly dog chases a rabbit into a hidden underground cave—and stirs a sleeping evil crueler than death itself.

A terrified four-year-old boy sees his bedroom closet door swing open untouched by human hands, and screams at the unholy red eyes

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The #1 bestseller—for King's rabid fans.

It happens innocently enough, but doesn’t it always. A big, friendly dog chases a rabbit into a hidden underground cave—and stirs a sleeping evil crueler than death itself.

A terrified four-year-old boy sees his bedroom closet door swing open untouched by human hands, and screams at the unholy red eyes gleaming in the darkness.

The little Maine town of Castle Rock is about to be invaded by the most hideous menace ever to savage the flesh and devour the mind.

 

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Just when your blood pressure is back to normal, Stephen King is at it again."
-Kansas City Star

“Hits the jugular.”—The New York Times

“Just when your blood pressure is back to normal, Stephen King is at it again.”—Kansas City Star

“He builds up the suspense, holds back the dynamite until you’re screaming for it, and then lets you have it.”—Minneapolis Tribune

“It grabs you and holds you and won’t let go…excruciating suspense…a genuine page-turner.”—Chattanooga Times

Minneapolis Tribune
He builds up the suspense, holds back the dynamite until you're screaming for it, and then lets you have it.
New York Times Book Review
Hits the jugular...
The New York Times
"Hits the jugular...King's most disturbing horror yet!"
Houston Chronicle
"Stephen King has created the ultimate horror!"
Denver Post
"A word of advice: read [Cujo] in your well-lighted home, behind locked doors, when you're snug in your own bed."
Cosmopolitan
"White knuckles all the way, Cujo is most devastatingly effective in its use of mundane domestic detail to form the very sinews of terror."
Newport News Daily Press
"A heart-pounding, gut-wrenching thriller that haunts your dreams."
Atlanta Journal
"It is nothing less than the state of the art in horror fiction."
Kansas City Star
"Just when your blood pressure is back to normal, Stephen King is at it again...with a nightmare his fans won't forget."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451161352
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1982
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
62,646
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Cujo

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    From the Publisher
    "Just when your blood pressure is back to normal, Stephen King is at it again."
    -Kansas City Star

    Meet the Author

    Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit,” and is the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

    Brief Biography

    Hometown:
    Bangor, Maine
    Date of Birth:
    September 21, 1947
    Place of Birth:
    Portland, Maine
    Education:
    B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970
    Website:
    http://www.stephenking.com

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    Cujo 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 339 reviews.
    jseger9000 More than 1 year ago
    With Cujo Stephen King finally mastered the thriller. I've been reading Stephen King's books in order of publication and the last few (The Dead Zone and Firestarter) just didn't stack up to what he'd written before. It was clear he was trying to craft thrillers rather than the out-and-out horror of his earlier novels, but was coming up short. With the simple premise of Cujo (a rabid Saint Bernard keeps a mother and child trapped in a sweltering Pinto) he knocked it out of the park. King's trademark strong characters and multiple sub-plots dealing with the lives of small town people (in this case - a badly ended affair, a mother trying to show her bright son that there is more to life than small-town Maine and an ad agency dealing with a disaster) are all here as well, but he was able to tie every one of them in to the main struggle. Each 'story' supports and adds to another until they all dove-tail together in a way that never felt forced. The book starts slowly, showing us slices of the various characters lives before dropping them each on their own personal chute to hell. Cujo is the darkest King book I can think of. The recurring theme of the book is the cruelty of fate. All of the threads that the book follows hinge on good people whose lives are thrown into chaos through sheerest coincidence or events beyond their control. One problem I do have with the book is the supernatural undercurrent. Overall, it didn't detract from the story and could have been an interesting element. But at various times King goes out of his way to show that there are some ghostly things happening in Castle Rock. The thing is, this aspect of the book never seems to go anywhere. Tad being afraid of the closet monster and marrying that fear to the beast holding him hostage in the car was effective. Pointing out that the contents of the closet had indeed been rearranged by something other than the family in the house seemed pointless. Tad's fear of the monster would have been just as effective if we believed that the thing in the closet was inspired more by gravy than the grave. The monster in the closet aside, I really enjoyed Cujo. It streamed along and held my interest. The cuts to the various side stories were effective and interesting and worked to build the tension. Cujo is not the thriller that Misery is, but it is respectable on its own.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    This was such a wonderful book. I was always on the edge of my seat while reading Cujo. I would suggest first time readers of SK would start with this one, it is so good!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Not that bad of a book. All his books are pretty good
    Kennedy-Anna More than 1 year ago
    There is so much suspense...you won'be able to stop.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    This book leaves you hanging at the beginning of it. I like it and own it. I would recommend it to the people that can handle reading about a dog that has rabies.
    leftybowler1 More than 1 year ago
    I thought Cujo was overall a nice book. Starts of slow and kind of confusing. But when you get to the middle it will pick up and get interesting.
    the_big_bopper More than 1 year ago
    The book begins slow but as cujo makes his first kill it gets way better. and then it gets boring again. overall most of it was boring and what cujo does do was pretty descent horror for a book and king should have had more attackings done by cujo,but what the rabid (possibly possesed) monster beast does do is good enough. still it is nothing compared to his other books.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    5 stars
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Not as scary as some of his books such as the shining but it gives you something that most peeps can relate to, a pet.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
     I would not recommend this book to someone looking for a good thriller. I think that the novel “Cujo” by Stephen King is very predictable and sporadic due to too many characters and too much detail on the side that takes away from the main plot. I disagree with @jseger9000 because I do not think that the side stories worked to build up the tension in the book, but detracted from the main plot, Tadder and Donna.  My reasoning behind giving this popular novel three stars is because there is too much side detail, too many characters that take away from the main storyline, and that the plot is very predictable. One example of there being too much side detail is the whole description of the cereal business between Vic and Roger. The story goes into beyond too much depth over the matter of the Sharp Cereal Professor and the Red Razberry Zingers. Another reason why I would not recommend this book is because there are too many side characters that take away from the main storyline, such as Roger. Stephen King brings Roger to life through description of his career and through his past with Vic, but all of this detail of him is not needed, as it confused me once he was entirely left out of the ending of the story. On top of all of this, the plot being predictable is a big issue I have with the book. For example, when the Pinto broke down and Donna happened to decide to take Tad up to Joe Camber’s to get it fixed, even after he wouldn’t answer, we all knew that they were doomed for trouble the second Donna made the decision to leave with Tad, but Stephen King manages to open this episode up into more than a hundred page dilemma. Although I dislike the book, my favorite character would have to be Donna. She is by far my favorite character because she is strong through the worst possible of situations and stands up for herself. Donna is a very round character because she has a side to her that is dark and mischievous, with the entire Steve Kemp affair, and then she has her sweet motherly side, who would defend anything that came near her son.  My favorite quote from the reading is definitely “Cujo was sick, and all things appeared monstrous to him now. His head clanged dully with murder. He wanted to bite and rip and tear” (King 98). I favor this quote because it is the beginning of the premise to the entire novel. This quote shows up what Cujo’s world seemed to him from the inside, and where the motivation originates to do all he does throughout the book. All in all, Cujo was a dicey book for me, and I would not recommend it to those seeking a thriller.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Ha! You think read this means that i'll write something important! Suckers:) jk this is a really good book and you should read it
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Awesome classic
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    When i started reading cujo it was boring but i forced myself to read more. Then i was suprised about how good of a book it was.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Kinda dry. Definitely not the strongest King IMO. Much of the book consists of a woman and her son, trapped in an isolated, hot car by a rabid dog, facing dehydration if she stays in and being chewed to pieces if she exists. Some nice metaphors in there, but I thought it was kinda boring as a book, and the sub-plots didn't do much for me. I labored through but didn't feel rewarded.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I am a huge fan of stephen king, but this book was VERY dissapointing.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    FUDGE YOU THESE BOOKS ARE GREAT!!!!!!!! ):(
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Liked it but I wanted to kill the mother
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Cujo is a great book and an ok movie, i think doing a remake woul do the book more justice
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book is amazing
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    The Stand is a great book. You just have to be smart enough to understand it, and you sir, have just proven that not only that you are dumb, but also unwilling to open up to a great classic. P.s, You would be one of those people that would die when the world ends.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Suspensfulgreatperfectintriguingscaryhappysadadeventurecreativedarkweirdbook
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Cujo is of my favorite King novels. The tension created is unsuspected, real, and gritty. It’s a classic horror read!