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Watership Down: A Novel (original 1972; edition 2005)

by Richard Adams

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Title:Watership Down: A Novel
Authors:Richard Adams
Info:Scribner (2005), Paperback, 496 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:children's literature

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Watership Down by Richard Adams (1972)

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"Tale of exile & survival, of heroism & leadership ? the epic novel of a group of [rabbit] adventurers who desert their doomed city, and venture forth against all odds on a quest for a new home, a sturdier future." ( )
  kewlgeek | Jun 30, 2015 |
"It's about bunnies." This quote comes from Sawyer on Lost. ( )
1 vote Shannon29 | Jun 25, 2015 |
A clever and creative tale of a visionary rabbit who leads a group of intrepid rabbits on a long journey to a new home. Each rabbit has unique skills that, combined with the others, forms a formidable group. I read this years ago and loved it. I enjoyed sharing it with my kids. They were mesmerized. When I read it before, I didn't know the back story, which is that this book developed from a series of rabbit tales Richard Adams told his daughters when they were small.
Beautifully read by the incomparable Ralph Cosham. ( )
  nittnut | Jun 15, 2015 |
One of the best classics I have ever read, this was engaging, exciting had some adventure and suspense and was overall just a very, very enjoyable book. An important part in anyone's childhood (or it should be). Cannot recommend this enough. ( )
  Keah | Jun 4, 2015 |
This is one of those books I've been meaning to read for a long, long time and finally got round to it. A complex allegory full of adventure, echoing many classical and religious themes as well as contemporary social issues. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
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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
Walter de la Mare
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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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AR 6.2, Pts 25.0

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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Rabbits find a home. / They find others on the way / and fight to stay safe. (marcusbrutus)

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 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:05 -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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