Cujo

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

Acute family dog turns into a vicious family killer in King's canine classic.

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Overview


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

Acute family dog turns into a vicious family killer in King's canine classic.

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Editorial Reviews

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...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451161352
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1982
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 104,702
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author


Stephen King, the world's bestselling novelist, was educated at the University of Maine at Orono. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, and their children in Bangor, Maine.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard Bachman
      Stephen A. King
      Stephen Edwin King
    2. Hometown:
      Bangor, Maine
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portland, Maine
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970
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  • Posted June 4, 2010

    Disappointed with the typos in the ebook.

    I had read this book before the old fashioned way but it had been a while so I bought the ebook. I was VERY disappointed with all the typos! They were all over the place. Not just one or two, but all over the book.

    6 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2009

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    Terrific thriller with one big flaw

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

    I know how the mother in the book feels( pet gone bad also)

    The book is a classic and hits home for me. back in 92 i had a pet ferret that we called Mr. Wiggles. I was a single mother w a young son when i came home one day to my trailor to find Mr. Wiggles had gone crazy w a case of rabies. He had already attacked my 8 year old sons finger which would require nearly 3 whole bandads! When i came home and saw the crazyness in Mr Wiggles eyes i knew he had to b destroyed just like Cujo! It broke my heart to pump round after round of hollow point 9mm bearetta rounds in to Mr Wiggles. So yes this book touches me on a personal note. RIP Mr Wiggles by j m

    4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2009

    THRILLING!

    There is so much suspense...you won'be able to stop.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2006

    All I can say is wow!

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Cujo

    Not that bad of a book. All his books are pretty good

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2008

    Good book I ever read

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

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    It's good, not the best, but still good

    The book is really good and terrifying, but just make sure to avoid watching the movie.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    One word

    Suspensfulgreatperfectintriguingscaryhappysadadeventurecreativedarkweirdbook

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Bark bark

    Dog

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Truth

    To be honest i have only seen the movie and that scared the living death out of me but i love stephen kings books so this is defenitly (dont think i spelled that right) worth my time whats funny was that i went out to get the mail a week after watching it and i heard a big deep bark and i knew it didnt belong to my neighbors chiwawa when i turned slowly to face the inevitable i saw a HUGE saint bernard running full speed at me ........ my mind exploded i stood their scared out of my wits and didnt move when it got close enough it circled me i looked around for some sort of help only to see my mother laughing at me through the open window pet him she yelled i sat their and glared at her untill the dog brushed against me and i stood rigid again then it turned and walked away......... scariest day of my life a freaking real life kujo and i survived

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Dog

    Its about a cool dog that goes aeound killing peoplw

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    This is a mistake

    Cujo is not bout vampires . Its bout a rabid dog . Somebody put cujo in the vamp section .

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2009

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    Cujo

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    a good book

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Cujo

    Awesome classic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Very scary, coukd not sleep at night

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    Kinda dry. Definitely not the strongest King IMO. Much of the

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Meh

    I am a huge fan of stephen king, but this book was VERY dissapointing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    TO #7

    FUDGE YOU THESE BOOKS ARE GREAT!!!!!!!! ):(

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