Rereading Cujo *Spoilers*

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Kurben

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I read this in swedish a long time ago and thought it was OK. Reread it now in English and it was way better than i remembered. Especially the little sidestories and the character devolopment seems really great. And, as usual in King, not everyone make it to the end. It is a short hectic read but it is a story that not will take no for an answer. Once you started you have to finish. The sidestories i had completely forgotten, io only remembered the desperate struggle between the dog and the woman.
And that dog.... Cujo is such a nice dog. To be able to place himself into the brain of a dog while it slowly is gliding towards madness is very good writing from Kings part. I like Cujo. The only person that isn't really a good one in this one is that Steve Kemp character. OK, he was caught but he deserves something really harsh. This must be one of the few stories where you actually likes and sympathizes with the antagonist too. Anyway a good read and a very good book even if it isn't up in the clouds with IT, The Stand and a few more.
 

Kurben

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I agree with NN. Thanks Mods. But it is difficult to discuss a book without some spoilers. But i should have thought of it and added spoilers in the title. In any movie where animals play a big part and they are not animated i always wonder about this things. The first example i remember is Bringing up Baby with the leopard and that was made in the 30,ties
 

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Rockym

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One thing I've always wondered about this book is why it doesn't have chapters or anything like that. It's like the book is just one long chapter. Just about to start re-reading it actually.
 

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It is a short hectic read but it is a story that will not take no for an answer. Once you started you have to finish..

This is exactly how I feel about Cujo.

I would never suggest that it is particularly great literature (whatever that is), but I read Mr. King because he does one thing better (for me) than any other writer . . . any other.

He has this unique ability to grab me (and perhaps you, too) by the throat and say, "Look at this!"

And I do it . . . even though I don't always think I want to.

That's what he does.

And that's why we're here.




Either that . . . or I am entirely wrong.
 

MadmaxofDerry

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I read this in swedish a long time ago and thought it was OK. Reread it now in English and it was way better than i remembered. Especially the little sidestories and the character devolopment seems really great. And, as usual in King, not everyone make it to the end. It is a short hectic read but it is a story that not will take no for an answer. Once you started you have to finish. The sidestories i had completely forgotten, io only remembered the desperate struggle between the dog and the woman.
And that dog.... Cujo is such a nice dog. To be able to place himself into the brain of a dog while it slowly is gliding towards madness is very good writing from Kings part. I like Cujo. The only person that isn't really a good one in this one is that Steve Kemp character. OK, he was caught but he deserves something really harsh. This must be one of the few stories where you actually likes and sympathizes with the antagonist too. Anyway a good read and a very good book even if it isn't up in the clouds with IT, The Stand and a few more.
Kind of like Jack London, I love perspectives from living things that can't verbally express themselves. It's almost funny in a sense, to me anyways.
 

RichardX

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I agree that the sidestories are fascinating. The cereal professor is one of my favorites. They add depth and interest to the characters. IT is probably the classic sidestory book. There are so many they are a book unto themselves.
 
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MadmaxofDerry

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Carrie was the first Stephen King book I read, I think. If I remember correctly the whole book was side stories. It was all from the townspeople perspectives, almost like a newspaper article. That's what I felt like I was reading, a 200 page newspaper article. It was fantastically done. It does add depth that way. I read that he likes to write about the characters rather than the actual events, you get a small connection with each chapter. Makes it more, not believable but able to feel more of an observer to the story. You know? Almost apart of the story.