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Outside a peaceful town in central Maine, a monster is waiting. Cujo is a two-hundred-pound Saint Bernard, the best friend Brett Camber has ever had. One day Cujo chases a rabbit into a bolt-hole - a cave inhabited by sick bats. What happens to Cujo, how he becomes a horrifying vortex inexorably drawing in all the people around him makes for one of the most heart-stopping...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 6th 2006 by Plaza y Janés (first published January 1st 1981)
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Dan
Aug 20, 2007 Dan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dog owners and claustrophobics.
I'm guessing that many of you own or have owned a dog at some point in your life. And, i'm also guessing that you'd consider said dog to be loyal to you and part of your family. So, I ask you, can you possibly imagine what you'd do if your dog went rabid?

Pooch would lose his appetite. Start to become easily confused. Tired. His brain would melt and with that he'd forget about you. Forget the loyalty and love he held for you.

He'd feel intense pain.

In his eyes YOU would become the reason that he f...more
Jessica Phillip
Nov 28, 2007 Jessica Phillip rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Stephen King fans
Shelves: horror
Cujo slept.
He lay on the verge of grass by the porch, his mangled snout on his forepaws. His dreams were confused, lunatic things. It was dark, and the sky was dark with wheeling red-eyed bats. He leaped at them again and again, and each time he leaped he brought one down, teeth clamped on a leathery, twitching wing. But the bats kept biting his tender face with their sharp little rat-teeth. That was where the pain came from. That was where all the hurt came from. But he would kill them all. He
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Mike (the Paladin)
Gag.

I thought about just leaving that one word as my review. Or maybe adding "'nuff said" as they used to say in Marvel Comics when I was "younger". I thought maybe though you'd like more.

I hate it. This is one of those books I can't say enough about...enough bad that is. You like being depressed? You like looking for the worst? Your real life doesn't have enough CRAP happening in it so you want to add more??? Well, then you've found it. If you are the kind of person who says that novels should...more
Zack
Dec 13, 2007 Zack rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Oh I don't know
Damn this is not what everyone said it would be! I appreciate good suspense, but trust me, after 50 pages in that frickin' car, you get pretty bored.
It started out awesomely, with Cujo getting bit and going slowly rabid. He kills a few, and then I said, "Yes! Here comes the good part!" but that was the end of the good part. It became such a boring book, it was hard to get through.
The sideplots were lacking, especially the cereal crap. I was sick of business. Where's the suspense? I could've pick...more
Stepheny
Stephen King never lets me down. Everything he writes just works for me. Cujo was no different. This book scared the bejesus out of me, mostly due to the chances of it happening. Granted, in today’s world with smart phones and nosy neighbors and everyone living on top of one another, it is less likely for it to happen… but it could happen…

Every single character in this book is a victim. Every. One. How does that happen? How is no one the hero? Or the winner? Everyone lost in this book. Even Cujo...more
Stephen
2.0 stars. I have three general categories of Stephen King books. One is the truly exceptional (e.g., the Dark Tower series, the Stand and Night Shift). A second group is a large category that includes the solid to excellent books that were definitely worth reading (e.g., Firestarter, the Dead Zone, It and the Shining). The final group includes those books ranging from the not so good and sub-par to the "C'mon, Steve what were you thinking when you wrote this" which includes such examples as Dre...more
Heena Rathore P.
Aug 15, 2014 Heena Rathore P. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All the King's fans and the respective genre lovers.
Being a Stephen King's fan, I knew even before starting the book that I'm in for another horrific journey. And believe me when I say I wasn't disappointed! King is one of the best authors I've ever read and this book is yet another masterpiece. The characters were very well built and so was each and everyone's background story. I loved Tad, Vic and Brett and of-course Cujo (just as an individual character and not personally.) The story establishes and takes direction slowly and steadily and prep...more
Jon
Visceral, raw. In this 1981 novel, King reaches for the reader's jugular and never lets go. You have a cheating wife, a workaholic husband, a fearsome child who believes a monster lies waiting in his closet, a raging mad sex-fiend who vows to tear a family apart, an abusive and alcoholic husband, an emotionally and physically tortured wife, a confused little boy...and then you have Cujo, a friendly, gently, hulking St. Bernard who's been the victim of a nasty bat-bite. Before long, all of these...more
Michael
In many ways, Cujo is the animal equivalent of The Shining. In The Shining, it's Jack Torrance going mad and inflicting reign of terror upon victims in an isolated location. In Cujo, it's a 200 pound St. Bernard, bitten by a bat and gone slowly mad due to rabies infection who becomes a killing machine and inflicts a reign of terror upon victims in an isolated location.

And while most of Stephen King fans will agree that The Shining is the better novel, I think a lot of King fans are too quick to...more
Stefan Yates
I enjoyed Cujo more upon re-reading it than I remembered. I think that the first time that I read it, I was too young at the time to really have a solid understanding of just how screwed up the Trenton's life is becoming before their dealings with a rabid dog.

Cujo is maybe not the most action-packed King novel, I think only four people die in the entire novel. Most of the horror is derived in the tension and frustration involved in the situations that the characters are thrust into. Cujo is a tr...more
Jason
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Bonnie
‘It would perhaps not be amiss to point out that he had always tried to be a good dog. He had tried to do all the things his MAN and his WOMAN, and most of all his BOY, had asked or expected of him. He would have died for them, if that had been required. He had never wanted to kill anybody. He had been struck by something, possibly destiny, or fate, or only a degenerative nerve disease called rabies. Free will was not a factor.’



Cujo is a seemingly simple story minus all the supernatural thrills...more
Angelica
The book is awesome. :D At first, I almost got dizzy with the abrupt changes in POVs and scenarios. It felt as if there were too many things happening at the same time. There were too many issues tackled - marriage, family life, motherhood. Eventually, all of them converged to make a very excellent story.


After making me feel afraid of what might happen to the characters when Cujo tried to attack them, I still got heavyhearted at King's words: 'It would perhaps not be amiss to point out that he h...more
sj
I almost took away a star upon re-reading, but the Castle Rock connections kept it from that sad fate.

I don't hate this as much as I hate Wizard and Glass, which I gave 2 stars, so 3 it is…maybe 2.5 rounded up.

I was talking to my husband about how it's just too. damn. long last night, and how the cocaine and alcohol probably contributed to it seeming like a GREAT idea at the time…he then said "I think you'd pretty much have to be fucked up to think 400 pages about a rabid dog was a good idea f...more
Olethros
-Drama y tragedia de toda la vida, pero desde la peculiar visión de Stephen King sobre el concepto.-

Género. Novela.

Lo que nos cuenta. En una ficticia (y conocida en la producción del autor) localidad estadounidense y durante el verano de 1980, la familia Trenton debe llevar su automóvil, con un ruido preocupante en la rueda trasera izquierda, a un taller propiedad de la familia Camber, que también son los dueños de Cujo, un gigantesco perro San Bernardo de afable carácter que, tras contagiarse d...more
Squire
My third favorite King book. Bare bones, straight up horror. scary as hell. For the last 30+ years, I've instinctively covered my balls whenever I saw a strange dog wander.
Trudi
First line fever: Not so long ago, a monster came to the small town of Castle Rock, Maine.
Ann
I hated this book.

I went online to see if this was written while King was still an active alcoholic, and yes indeed. It comes out. It is a long-winded, just plain mean, drunken rant of a book. It felt very personal, like he was deliberately trying to wound himself and/or his wife. When it was published King's youngest son was 4, just like Tad. My oldest son is 4 right now, and frankly, the book made me really mad. Little kids being terrified is not my thing.

In a way, that makes Cujo very success...more
Jane Stewart
3 ½ stars. A bunch of people make stupid assumptions which dragged the story, but great job on the monster (dog).

I really enjoyed the first half - getting to know various local people with different stories. For example: a guy who drinks too much. When he sees his friend the dog he says “Hello you son of a whore.” I like watching people say and do things I never would.

The second half has Cujo imprisoning Donna and her son in the car in the heat for a couple of days - growing closer and closer to...more
Marvin
This is my pick for King's worst novel. That opinion is both subjective and objective.

First the subjective part. If you peruse my book list, you will have deducted that I am a big horror fan. But the horror of Cujo is maybe a bit too close to home. At the age of six I had my upper lip partially ripped off by a collie that attacked me for no reason. That would have been enough, but we were in a rural part of the country where it had to be sewn back on immediately by the emergency team...with none...more
Scott
Spare, surprisingly effective, and more genuinely heartbreaking than I expected. Like much early King, it's as much about the stress and strain of everyday life-- lost jobs, crumbling marriages, missed opportunities, fading youth-- as it is about the abnormal or the supernatural.
Jennifer
I saw the movie adaption of Cujo a few years ago and thought it was just kind of okay. With that kind of enthusiasm, I didn't expect much from the book. While the story isn't hugely scary (I have no fear or dogs, nor rabies), the book goes much deeper than the movie did, making the whole story more well-rounded and the ending that much more traumatic.

I'm confused as to how certain things mentioned in the book relate to the overall story. 4 year old Tad has a monster in his closet. It's made very...more
Lisa
At this point in working through King's back catalogue, opening one of his books feels like settling into your favourite armchair with a cosy blanket, but knowing in the back of your mind that at some point that the blanket will be ripped off you and you will be savaged by the previously loving family pet...

..Which is where we find ourselves here as Cujo, the friendly Saint Bernard, is bitten by a rabid bat and, as events conspire against certain residents of Castle Rock, turns against the human...more
Rob
After reading "On Writing", I am embarking on a mission to re-read many of the Stephen King books I loved so much in college...has it really been almost 25 years? Yikes. So I started with Cujo and I have to say, it came close, but didn't quite hold up to my glowing memories. Yes it had King's trademark character-driven approach, which I love. Yes it was suspenseful and brutal and raw and terrifying on many levels. Yes, it was unpredictable and found a way to touch a nerve about the darkness deep...more
Janie Johnson
I can't believe I had never read Cujo, considering King is my favorite author. I guess maybe it could have been because I watched the movie many years ago and maybe had mistaken that for reading the book. This was a buddy read with my friend Michelle. I felt like the synopsis would be very misleading to a first time reader. It did not seem to match up with what was actually happening in the story. Even so it was a fairly quick read for me, and for the most part it was very easy to follow as well...more
•Erin• (Paperback Stash)
I have always been fascinated by the concept of the disease Rabies. Ever since I saw the film Cujo as a kid I have wanted to learn more about it. The subject is not touched on as much as it should be; King captured it brilliantly with this horrid situation that really could have happened. He also chose a vicious vehicle for the disease...after all, it's better to have a huge, powerful St. Bernard than a small alley cat coming after you. The facts, from what I have learned on the disease, are acc...more
Juan Nieto Cano
Recién terminado. Buen libro, muy buen libro. Un libro psicológico, lleno de terror psicológico y terror real como puede serlo verte amenazado por un perro de 100 kg. Aunque reconozco que las 120 primeras páginas me han desesperado un poco, ya que se han centrado sobre todo en crear la atmósfera y adentrarnos en la vida, el día a día y las preocupaciones de sus personajes. Eso sí, cuando Cujo hace su gran aparición la historia se pone superinteresante y es cuando cuesta dejar el libro. El final,...more
Heather T.
I first read Cujo when I was a kid. It's far better when you read it as an adult. What I find interesting about this book is that as much of 60% of it has absolutely *nothing* to do with the dog. They talk about the effect a wife's affair has on her marriage, the advertising agency field, a son's nightmares. In the background, a dog gets bitten by a rabid bat, and occasionally, you see him get sicker until finally he kills. But even then, the main focus isn't on the dog. It's not until at least...more
Jake
A moment of real-life horror occurred during my reading of Cujo by Stephen King. I was lying on my stomach, focused on the developing story of a rabid Saint Bernard terrorizing several inhabitants of Castle Rock, Maine. Suddenly, an actual dog in the room charged me, bit down on my hand, then darted away in a frenzy. The next morning my mouth began filling with foam.

Okay, here are the less sensational truths: the dog that merely nipped my hand was an adorable cocker spaniel. She was chasing down...more
Beccy Anne
it is a great book with i read it before i watched the movie thought
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