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Cujo (1981)

de Stephen King

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Sèrie: Castle-Rock-Zyklus (3)

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Four-year-old Tad Trenton has been having night terrors. Each night, a horrifying beast with glowing red eyes growls from within his closet that he will have him soon. Though his parents reassure Tad that no monsters can get him, they cannot explain why the closet door is found unlatched each morning. Nor can they keep their own adult fears, from a business crisis to infidelity, from threatening to tear their happy home apart ...… (més)
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    The Dead Zone de Stephen King (sturlington)
    sturlington: Also set in Castle Rock.
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Cujo-Oddly enough, i hadn’t read it until last week when i found it at work on the 50 cent shelf and snagged it along with Gerald’s Game and Hearts in Atlantis. Then today I got my hands on the first 4 dark tower books and the eyes of the dragon. The Gunslinger is revised and expanded!! excited! Any way

I enjoyed Cujo, it was a little longer than i think it needed to be, but that’s King’s style, he does tend to be long winded (in a good way). It was strange reading about Donna and Vic, mainly because my name is Donna and sentences like “Donna cheated on him.” always threw me.

Cujo is the story of what happens when a series of coincidences leads a woman and her child trapped in a car in 100 degree weather, faced with a rabid 200 lb. st. bernard and no hope for escape.

It’s a quick read, sad, and leaves you screaming “JUST USE YOUR CELL PHONE!” and then you realize that it’s 1980 and they didn’t have cell phones…

happy readings!

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  artdamnit_reads | Jul 29, 2020 |
I read Cujo when I was in my teens, but not a lot stayed with me I think because I ended up skimming a lot. I think I was freaked out by some of the things in this book (a man talking easily about raping a woman, another man beating his wife, etc.) and it just caused me to not look too closely at this book. However, this book is old school and somehow still King in his later works. He takes a look at a town, it's citizens, and shows you how things unravel. He is still quite good with kids (oh Tadder). And he plays with a lot of different things in this books, growing up, resentment of parents for children and vice versa, affairs and the aftermath. Through it all though we have a dark energy in the town that wants to be released. I am still amazed that anyone would continue to live in the fictional town of Castle Rock and all of the messed up things that keep happening there.

"Cujo" follows a good dog who unfortunately gets bit by a bat that passes along rabies. The majority of the book follows the countdown to Cujo turning from a good dog to a dog from hell and we get to read (witness) the killings he does. King doesn't just focus on Cujo though. We get insight into Cujo's owners, the Cambers family (Joe and Charity, and their son Brett) and their messed up dynamic. I maybe cheered when a member of this family get killed. Not going to lie.

We also follow the Trenton family (Vic and Donna) who are newcomers to the area, who are raising their four year old son Tad. We get hints that something is up with Donna fairly early on, but then we dive into it more fully and find out that Donna has been having an affair with Steve Kemp. Steve is a failed tennis player and now plays at refurnishing furniture. When Donna sees him for who he is one day, they have an almost violent encounter which leaves Kemp out wanting revenge on Donna.

We also get peeks into residents of the town of Castle Rock. We follow Sheriff George Bannerman, an elderly resident, the mailman, etc. We also get some looks into infamous Frank Dodd who was in "The Dead Zone." The parts with Dodd reminded me slightly of magical realism elements.

I think King did a good job of balancing what was going on with Cujo and others in this story. This story seems to be a tale of wives in my mind though. We had Charity dealing with the fact that she chose the wrong husband. Joe is crude and brutal with her. And often with their son Brett. She is scared that unless her son breaks free from Joe, he may end up being the same kind of man. When she gets the opportunity to visit her more well to do sister, she jumps at it hoping she can show Brett a different way of life. Things come to a head with these two while away with Charity realizing that her sister has changed, and though she's well to do, still acts as if she is poor.

Donna realizes that she was too dependent on Vic making her happy and that her falling into an affair with Kemp was a bad idea. When Vic is told about the affair (via a letter sent by Kemp) they have an honest conversation with Donna realizing that she can't really explain what happened or why. She wants to try again and realizes like many do after an affair has passed it was a terrible idea, and it doesn't mean she doesn't love her husband. Watching Donna becoming a super woman in my mind when she finally goes toe to toe with Cujo was astounding. I was holding my breath the whole time.

Kemp was a psycho or at least want to be rapist. I kept hoping that somehow Cujo would teleport himself to where he was and bite him. No dice though.

Vic was okay. I didn't get much of a sense from him in this story. Just a good man trying to do right by his family. King gives you the sense that these two went on and healed, but you don't know since they don't get mention in his other works.

The writing was really good. The flow was too though at times you feel as if the book just stops at an important part and you want it to continue on so you can get back to Donna and Tad in the car, or the police and others figuring out where they are so they can get help.

The ending was sad in a way. We end on what happens to Cujo and his desire to just do right for his man, his woman, and his boy. And that it wasn't really his fault what happened. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
I don't remember a lot about this one, beyond the fact that I definitely read it as a teenager.
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  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
How you feel about this one will entirely depend on this: King has this habit of bloating his novels and Cujo is the best example of this. It's a novel even he himself can barely remember, thanks to his severe alcholism at the time. Cujo would have made a great short story, but at 400 pages it doesn't know how to sustain itself. ( )
  danny.robledo | May 12, 2020 |
Synopsis:
Cujo is a dog owned by a car repair man. When Cujo contracts rabies he terrorized many people including a mother and son whose car is stalled at the repair shop.

My rating:
3.5/ 5

This book was extremely hard for me to rate. I thought it was above average but also had deep flaws.

I absolutely loved Cujo and how the storytelling made sure the reader recognized that Cujo wasn't a bad dog but rather was a victim just as much as anyone Cujo attacked after becoming ill.

I loved that the characters in the book were rounded and well developed. Sometimes in horror there isn't much character development because the book is so focused on the plot of the book rather than the characters involved. On the flip side, I thought there were too many characters involved in this story who were given too much back-story and detail. For example, I love that we learn about the struggles the mother character is having with adjusting to life in Maine. On the other hand, there is an extremely minor character who we learn is worried he has cancer due to excessive flatulence.

In the realm of character development, there is a character living in poverty who also was raised in poverty. She was interesting and I loved her back-story but I also felt as if she wasn't a character who needed as much time and development in the story as she got.

I felt overall as if there were too many characters. This book was incredibly long and it could have been probably cut in half if not for the little side stories and tangents along the way. I did enjoy many of those stories but I also felt like they were being used to drag things out when the mom and son trapped in the car was what I really cared about and what I picked the book up for.

I loved that King did not shy away from anything. The deaths in this book were gruesome but well done and I appreciated that Kind kept the proverbial camera on the action instead of fading to black. I also loved the ending King chose. It was not what I was expecting. With that being said, I also felt at times he was going for shock value and some of the things said in the book were more about offending than they were necessary to plot or characters.

I was not a fan of all the dream sequences in this book and could have done without that.

At the introduction of the book we are told about murders that happened in the town but I didn't fully understand how they tied into what was happening in the present story or how they were relevant.

Overall, I loved parts of this book and parts were misses for me. I feel that if you don't mind longer books with lots of side plots that don't tie into the main plot you may really have a good time with this book. It is scary. It is unpredictable. It is what I wanted in a horror though ideally it could have been about half the length. ( )
  authorjanebnight | Feb 7, 2020 |
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