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432 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published January 1, 1981
"He always tried to be a good dog"..........
Put off reading this one for years bc it's a known fact something bad happens to a dog. But then, it came to me, one of my favorite KING reads is Pet Semetary and that involves a cat....my preferred furry friend.
So......as I hit about 100 pages in, was surprised to discover there's a lot more going on here than a story about five year old CUJO the dog, his unfortunate encounter....and his sickness. And aside from no chapter breaks, it is really a good read!
But......I knew the bad was coming....bad things always happen in Castle Rock....like crazy, hungry monsters in a closet and old granny who thus predicts something foul is on the way.
And......then there's the ending. Oh.My.Gosh.
I like that King left us with these lyrics from an old folk song too: "I'm tellin you so you know, I'm tellin you so you know, I'm tellin you so you know, Ole Blue's gone where the good dogs go."
***As for the movie, had to check that out too. It pretty much mirrors the novel, except for one unexpected major difference that I thought a bit lame....and won't reveal here.***
”But time passed. Five years of time.
The monster was gone, the monster was dead. Frank Dodd moldered inside his coffin.
Except the monster never dies. Werewolf, vampire, ghoul, unnameable creature from the wastes. The monster never dies.
It came to Castle Rock again in the summer of 1980.”