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Watership Down (1972)

by Richard Adams

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2000, Blackstone Audiobooks, Read by Ralph Cosham

From the Publisher: The story follows a warren of Berkshire rabbits fleeing the destruction of their home by a land developer. As they search for a safe haven, skirting danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band and its compelling culture and mythos. Adams has crafted a touching, involving world in the dirt and scrub of the English countryside, complete with its own folk history and language. As much about freedom, ethics, and human nature as it is about a bunch of bunnies looking for a warm hidey-hole and some mates, Watership Down will continue to make the transition from classroom desk to bedside table for many generations to come.

Why I Read This Now: I read this children’s classic in a children’s literature course many, many years ago. But I was studying English full-time and always reading and/or writing at mach speed. Wanted to slow down and savour, and see how [Watership Down] would play, given the time it deserves.

My Review: The anthropomorphized world of rabbits and rabbit culture – and by extension humans and human culture – Adams has created is nothing short of remarkable. The trials and temptations of the brave Berkshire rabbits is classic adventure reading, and the characters are unforgettable: the imaginative, dedicated leader Hazel; his little brother, Fiver, small and awkward, but with a life-saving sixth sense; intrepid Bigwig; fiercely loyal little Pipkin; and the experienced Silver, able to quickly get a handle on any situation. The Lapine language is beyond fabulous! My favourite word: hrududu, meaning any type of motor vehicle, such as a tractor, car or train. The word was intuitive for me, making the sound a child might make to describe the noise of an engine.

Absolutely delightful! Adams has created a gem for the ages, one which joins the exclusive list of my all-time favourites. This audio edition features Ralph Cosham at his finest. Most highly recommended!

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1 vote lit_chick | Dec 20, 2014 |
This was so long ago I really need to re-read it ( )
  pan0ramix | Nov 27, 2014 |
At first it was hard to get through this book. Things seemed to happen kind of slowly and the whole way through, I kept thinking, it's about rabbits. Timid, boring rabbits. How exciting can it get? But as the book goes on it gets increasingly enthralling. You can imagine how hard it would be to write almost 500 pages on rabbits, and make it SO interesting. You really get to know the characters, and this whole rabbit world that Adams has made up, with El-Ahrairah and all the stories about him, and all the rabbit words like hrududu (tractor, car, anything like that), hrair (more than five - apparently rabbits couldn't count over five), and elil (predators). I wasn’t disappointed. Stick with it and you won't be either!
  BrynnV | Nov 25, 2014 |
This book continued my love of reading novels where the main protagonist is not human. I loved the idea of a novel from the point of view of an entire burrow of rabbits.
I think the rabbits are still a bit to anthropomorphized because how else do you really tell a story from the point of view of a animal considering that most of the country believes animals incapable of feelings? (Despite evidence to the contrary.)
But the story is excellent and the writing easy enough for most readers to follow. Read the full review here: www.ravenoak.net ( )
  kaonevar | Nov 12, 2014 |
(7.4)
  mshampson | Oct 15, 2014 |
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It would seem that in Adam's ardor for wild creatures he has tried too hard to make a case for them instead of allowing them fully to be their own recommendation. I'm grateful for much of what he's done, but I'm not going to look at rabbits differently from now on.
 
Watership Down offers little to build a literary cult upon. On the American-whimsy exchange, one Tolkien hobbit should still be worth a dozen talking rabbits.
added by Shortride | editTime, Melvin Maddocks (Mar 18, 1974)
 
This bunny-rabbit novel not only steers mostly clear of the usual sticky, anthropomorphic pitfalls of your common garden-variety of bunny rabbit story: it is also quite marvelous for a while, and after it stops being marvelous, it settles down to be pretty good- a book you can live with from start to finish.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Adams, Richardprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baynes, PaulineCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cosham, RalphNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hallqvist, Britt G.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Juva, KerstiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lawrence, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paolini, Pier FrancescoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parkins, DavidIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pekkanen, PanuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schuchart, MaxTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tucker, NicholasAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Master Rabbit I saw
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To Juliet and Rosamond, remembering the road to Stratford-on-Avon
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The primroses were over.
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Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren – he felt sure of it. So did his brother Hazel, for Fiver’s sixth sense was never wrong. They had to leave immediately, and they had to persuade the other rabbits to join them. And so begins a long and perilous journey of a small band of rabbits in search of a safe home. Fiver’s vision finally leads them to Watership Down, but here they face their most difficult challenge of all.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0380002930, Mass Market Paperback)

Watership Down has been a staple of high-school English classes for years. Despite the fact that it's often a hard sell at first (what teenager wouldn't cringe at the thought of 400-plus pages of talking rabbits?), Richard Adams's bunny-centric epic rarely fails to win the love and respect of anyone who reads it, regardless of age. Like most great novels, Watership Down is a rich story that can be read (and reread) on many different levels. The book is often praised as an allegory, with its analogs between human and rabbit culture (a fact sometimes used to goad skeptical teens, who resent the challenge that they won't "get" it, into reading it), but it's equally praiseworthy as just a corking good adventure.

The story follows a warren of Berkshire rabbits fleeing the destruction of their home by a land developer. As they search for a safe haven, skirting danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band and its compelling culture and mythos. Adams has crafted a touching, involving world in the dirt and scrub of the English countryside, complete with its own folk history and language (the book comes with a "lapine" glossary, a guide to rabbitese). As much about freedom, ethics, and human nature as it is about a bunch of bunnies looking for a warm hidey-hole and some mates, Watership Down will continue to make the transition from classroom desk to bedside table for many generations to come. --Paul Hughes

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:02:29 -0400)

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Chronicles the adventures of a group of rabbits searching for a safe place to establish a new warren where they can live in peace.

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