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Review of 'Cujo' by Stephen King

Updated on July 11, 2010

8 out of 10

 Cujo written by Stephen King is a chilling tale about a young family on the brink of collapse, a mother's quest to save her son from becoming her husband and a dog with a really bad itch. The main focus of this novel is not the horrible situation Donna Cambers and her son, Tad, find themselves in as it is in the film adaptation, but rather the fragile tendons that hold a family together and how easily they can tear.

While reading through the first half of the novel I found myself drawn heavily to the character Charity. Her husband, Joe, runs the automotive shop that Donna and Tad eventually find themselves. Charity is fearful that her son, Brett, will attend his fathers hunting trip the next summer and will be forever lost to her, that he will become hard, simple and worthless, just as her husband. 

The most heartbreaking piece of the work for me however is the slow decay of Cujo's mind which is clearly elaborated on in extremely fervent quantities, explaining Cujo's love for The Man, The Woman and The Boy. 

Overall the novel was an engrossing quick read at only a little above three-hundred pages. Terrificly gruesome when necessary, Cujo, reminds us to keep the ones we love close by, to never leave on a bad note with someone you love and to ALWAYS pack a lunch!


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