Review for Cujo

Author: Stephen King
Published: 1981
by: Doubleday
German Title: Cujo
A St. Bernard infected by a brain-destroying virus that makes it into a monster; and the way a sunlit Pinto becomes a coffin for a mother and her son. It is not supernatural, but as real as junk food, a failing marriage, a broken-down car, or a fatal virus.

The first novel from Stephen King I read. I was 16 or 17 years old. Of course back then I read it in German. The book got me hooked and I became a fan of Stephen right away. I bought every book he has written since. Now, almost thirty years later, I read it again, in English. The last twenty pages I was crying the whole time. This book is so sad. So heartwrenching. Everything in this story goes wrong. Everything takes the worst turn. No matter if it is a four year old boy, or the beloved Sheriff from "The Dead Zone." Stephen´s writing style is already excellent. The characters are flawed humans. The dog is pitiful. I never hate the dog, just the sickness. Rabies is still the horror. Still we have no cure if it breaks out. The fears of monsters in the cupboard are very true, too. I once was such a child, afraid of every shadow lurking in the dark. Surprisingly reading Stephen´s stories helped me to get over those fears.


Stephen King