How I kicked off my bookish weekend: The story of how I stayed up all night and finished Cujo in one sitting, what my final thoughts/ratings are on it etc.

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“It would perhaps not be amiss to point out that he had always tried to be a good dog. He had tried to do all the things his Man and his Woman, and most of all his Boy had asked or expected of him. He would have died for them, if that had been required. He had never wanted to kill anybody. He had been struck by something, possibly destiny or fate, or only a degenerative nerve disease called rabies. Free will was not a factor.” -Cujo’s last thoughts

(Excerpt from Cujo by Stephen King on page 303)

Alright, so let me recap my night for you guys. I tried to just read a few pages of Cujo and apparently just couldn’t stop. The book was good. Not as good as I think some of Stephen King’s other books have and will be but it was still…horror in it’s own way. Things that really bothered me about this book, is that it definitely is disturbing, much more disturbing than the movie. The movie, the dog kills everyone on a rampage and then dies. In the book though, Stephen King has given a voice to Cujo. An inner thought process that humanizes him more and makes it really heart wrenching in the end when he finally is released of the disease but also dies in the process. Yes, I know. Total spoilers. But that’s a given right, dog has rabies usually means that it’s going to die at some point. The death of Cujo wasn’t what got me though. It was his final thoughts. His wish that he could’ve done better in the world, and the final words “Free will was not a factor”. (Cujo in Stephen King’s book Cujo pg. 303) It gave the dog a soul that he didn’t necessarily have in the movie and that really kind of as a dog lover and dog owner myself didn’t expect, and also was completely caught off guard by. In the movie, it’s just a horror flick about a rabid dog terrorizing a small town. In the books, there’s so much more intricate details and complexity to it. Such as but not limited to: the heartbreaking extramarital affairs that went on, the detailed descriptions of domestic violence at it’s worst and also the detailed accounts of various character’s struggles through severe depression and then just apathy in general. It makes you feel something. And yeah, I did cry about it afterwards. Like I said, I finished in it one sitting, and also it has kept me up all night thinking about it. Thinking about the underlying themes, messages that Stephen King portrays in this novel. It makes you think a whole lot. And now that I’m in college working towards my own Creative Writing major in hopes of becoming a better author myself, I find it weird and kind of surreal that my schooling that I’ve had over the past few weeks has now definitely effected how I look at and analyze pieces of literature. No matter what kind it is. It’s made me think deeper about plot line, the cause and effects process and really just digesting the writer’s writing process as a whole not just as reader now, but as an author myself. I would still say I’d rate this book about a 5/10 for me. It was good. But I think there are better, kind of faster paced books of Stephen King’s out there and I look forward to reading them. Next up, I think we’re gonna continue with the horror theme and I’m going to be starting Book One of The Meg Series by Steve Alten. I peeked in it a couple of pages and it really has hooked me so far. Hook, line and sinker. So, keep a lookout for the post that intro my journey into The Meg Series and more daily updates to come. Until then though, I hope you’re getting more sleep than I am tonight. And happy reading.-Caroline

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