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Cujo: 35th Anniversary

Discussion in 'Cujo' started by Doc Creed, Sep 5, 2016.

  1. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    Cujo was published on September 8th, 1981. This Thursday marks its 35th anniversary. He was a good dog...but he did a bad, bad thing. ;)

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    Misery was my initiation into King's horror novels but Cujo, once again, brought back all of my claustrophobia...not to be revisited until Gerald's Game. Thank you Linda for the Cujo hardcover this week. I will be reading very soon to celebrate!
     
  2. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Reformed Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    Such a bleak story. The characters, their lives, the setting. Just hopeless feeling from the get-go. Good writing.
     
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  3. MarkS73

    MarkS73 Well-Known Member

    Was'nt Cujo Stephen King did'nt remember writing? This book hit me much harder now than when i was in my teens. I could really imagine myself in that car with one of my kids..
     
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  4. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

  5. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    You are welcome!
     
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  6. 80sFan

    80sFan Just one more chapter...

    Cujo broke my SK cherry.
    Time for a reread, me thinks.
     
  7. Steffen

    Steffen Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the reminder there Doc. Will have to revisit this book, as I haven't read it since back in the 80s. I was always struck by the passages King wrote from the dog's point of view. Really nice stuff.
     
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  8. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    One of my favorites. I love King's commentary on social status and wealth and infidelity.
     
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  9. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    I haven't read this one in years, and don't think I can. It made me sob hysterically as a teenager, years from having my own kids. Now... nope. Don't think I can.

    This is one that has affected me more insidiously that any other of Mr. King's books except maybe The Stand. I remember long passages of Cujo by heart (even after all these years), still say, "Nothing wrong here" all the time, and I'm still terrified of the thing in Tad's closet (I suspect it's the same as Mr. Flip, Father Callahan's closet monster). And I love poor Cujo. He really did try to be a good dog...until he couldn't. :too_sad:
     
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  10. The Walkin' Dude

    The Walkin' Dude Well-Known Member

    Cujo is one of the best, definitely worthy of being one of King's most recognizable. What a tragic tale.
     
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  11. Yankees fan 27

    Yankees fan 27 Active Member

    The Shining popped my SK cherry. Cujo was close behind, tho. (After all, once a cherry is broke....ya gotta keep going)
     
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  12. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....now THAT'S poetic.....
     
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  13. RichardX

    RichardX Well-Known Member

    I'm re-reading this one again. It is the counterbalance to The Shining in some respects with Cujo being a "summer" book and The Shining being a "winter" book. The supernatural elements at the beginning and connections to Frank Dodd always struck me as a bit odd since the remainder of the book is set in the darkness of real life. A great book though and one of the more underrated in my opinion.
     
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  14. RichardX

    RichardX Well-Known Member

    Finished re-reading this one. A very good book. Couple of small details that I had forgotten:
    like how Donna's character acknowledges the improbable series of coincidences that led to the confrontation with Cujo. In most books, the characters are oblivious and the reader starts to say "what are the odds of all these things happening" and the plot seems far fetched. King knocks the air out of that criticism when this occurs to the characters themselves and they recognize how unlucky they have been. Like many real tragedies there are a number of seemingly improbable coincidences coming together that culminate in the final event. The connection with Frank Dodd felt a bit forced. Dodd's evil seemed a lot different from that of Cujo. Cujo was basically a victim of circumstances. Dodd was inherently evil. It seemed odd to merge the two and how/why Cujo was haunting Tad's closet even before he turned was puzzling. Cujo wasn't an evil entity at that point. Maybe some foreshadowing of fate? I liked how King played out the secondary stories with the cereal professor and trip of Charity and Brett Chambers.
     
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