There’s an obvious reason that Cujo is a classic, and it isn’t just because Stephen King is popular in general. I’ve been reading more of his work than ever before, and so far this is my favorite that I’ve read this year. It set a pretty awesome tone for Halloween month, and I’ll be diving into a few more creepy reads over the next couple weeks, so all in all I think I’m off to a perfectly well-rounded start!
One thing I loved was the alternating POV’s in Cujo. It’s written in third person, but it tells exactly what each character feels and thinks flawlessly. I have my favorite characters, of course, but really it boils down to phenomenal character AND world building all around. Especially Dona, one of the main characters, along with her husband and child. It’s going to be hard to give a little character breakdown, but I’m going to try to paint a clear picture of the way all the characters are weaved together so well.
Dona had an affair, and her disgusting side lover is pissed off that she won’t keep doing what they began. She shut him out as she discovered through discretion how much remorse, embarrassment and guilt that she could actually be filled with. And rightfully so, because her husband Vic is a stand up guy. They have a four year old son Tad who’s adorable, innocent, and seemingly haunted as he keeps seeing a monster in his room. A monster, who ironically, and in a round-a-bout way ties in with Cujo, who isn’t their dog at all but another family’s.
Cujo is a kind, giant of a pet who belongs to a woman named Charity, her abusive dick head of a husband and their young boy. Charity recently won the lottery and after buying her husband an expensive gift, she pleads with him to allow her to go on a vacation to see her family. Reluctantly, he allows her to go, but not before Cujo has a mishap with a rabbit in the woods. He begins acting differently, and even though the family and their neighbor (who is cranky, and mouthy and awesome) notice his change in temperament, Charity still takes the boy and leaves town… without warning Roger or Gary. Once they’re gone the effects of Cujo’s rabid infection begins to stir, and he flips a switch to a monster that hell itself can hardly reckon with. Cujo is deadly, vicious and powerful.
In the meantime, Vic finds out about Donna’s affair and the two are very stressful and emotionally trying to reconcile their marriage and get through it. Donna winds up taking Tad for a drive while Vic is on a work trip, and has car troubles. It stalls out, and rolls down a hill… right into the path of Cujo! What happens from here is nothing short of beastly suspense. They’re there for days in a hot car. Starving and cooking inside of their broken down car, the two go through hell as they try to escape the trap that is everything Cujo. 5 stars for me, an excellent read.
The #1 New York Times bestseller, Cujo “hits the jugular” (The New York Times) with the story of a friendly Saint Bernard that is bitten by a bat. Get ready to meet the most hideous menace ever to terrorize the town of Castle Rock, Maine.
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 cave inhabited by sick bats and emerges as something new altogether.
Meanwhile, Vic and Donna Trenton, and their young son Tad, move to Maine. They are seeking peace and quiet, but life in this small town is not what it seems. As Tad tries to fend off the terror that comes to him at night from his bedroom closet, and as Vic and Donna face their own nightmare of a marriage on the rocks, there is no way they can know that a monster, infinitely sinister, waits in the daylight.
What happens to Cujo, how he becomes a horrifying vortex inescapably drawing in all the people around him, makes for one of the most heart-stopping novels Stephen King has ever written. “A genuine page-turner that grabs you and holds you and won’t let go” (Chattanooga Times), Cujo will forever change how you view man’s best friend.