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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  135,306 ratings  ·  1,805 reviews
A Castle Rock, una sonnolenta cittadina del Maine, la vita scorre sui soliti binari. Cujo, il docile San Bernardo del meccanico, scorrazza libero per la campagna... finché, una notte, il suo padroncino, aprendo la porta del ripostiglio, non vede emergere dalle tenebre due occhi infuocati.
Chi è la creatura diabolica che da quel momento comincia a seminare ovunque terrore e
Paperback, 375 pages
Published April 15th 1995 by Sperling & Kupfer (first published September 8th 1981)
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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
Edward (The Book Pusher) Lorn
Cujo is a hard book to read. It's a short book, but there are certain scenes that just gut me. And all those sections occur in the last 25 pages of the book. The first half of this book goes by rather quickly. Then Donna and Tad get stuck out at Camber's place and I simply do not want to continue reading. The first time I read this book was after having watched the movie. Cool enough flick. Slasher film with a dog instead of a masked killer. Survivor is the woman and her son. Rock on. I don't li ...more
Ruth Turner

Audiobook – Narrated by Lorna Raver – Average narration.

This is my first experience with Lorna Raver and I didn’t particularly like it.

I don’t often enjoy female narrators, and Raver was no exception. I found her pacing to be slightly off and her character voices grating. I didn’t finish it.



The formatting in the ebook I have is horrendous. Incorrect words, missing letters, an absolute nightmare!

This is only the second time I’ve read this book, and that’s one time too many. After the fi
Sh3lly (Not all those who wander are lost)
I guess I'll stick with my original 3-star rating. This almost feels like it should have been a novella. There isn't quite enough meat here for a full-length novel. By the end, I just wanted it over and stopped caring about the switches back and forth between town members who weren't even in town during Cujo's rabid attacks (but are partially indirectly responsible).

However, Stephen King is really good about keeping you interested in various types of gray characters. Some of them are just cut an
Jessica Phillip
Nov 28, 2007 Jessica Phillip rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Mike (the Paladin)

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
Writing a review about Cujo is a little like reminiscing about being a teenager and listening to Black Sabbath.

Trying to describe it, and to put the experience in words, reveals the cartoonish elements in stark relief. But while being read, the novel is rich with storytelling and more complex than would seem on it's surface.

Yes, it's about a town that gets eaten by a big, rabid dog, but King is able, and with some credibility, to tell a tale of modern paranoia and suspense, with elements of ho
Dec 13, 2007 Zack rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Heena P.
Aug 15, 2014 Heena 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
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
Jason P

I'm a pretty new animal/pet lover, I got my first dog last year around September, and after reading this book I felt for poor Cuje.
I remember watching the movie when I was a kid, being scared of ugly, mangy ol' Cujo, always waiting for him to jump out and get another victim.

But this time around, not so much. I not only felt bad for poor ol' Cuje but I actually wanted him to come out on top in the end (inside I knew he wouldn't but you can't blame a guy for wishing). Towards the end of the book I
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
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
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
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
‘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
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
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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.
First line fever: Not so long ago, a monster came to the small town of Castle Rock, Maine.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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