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Watership Down (original 1972; edition 1975)

by Richard Adams

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Title:Watership Down
Authors:Richard Adams
Info:Avon (1975), Mass Market Paperback, 478 pages
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Rating:*****
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Watership Down by Richard Adams (1972)

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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 |
Watership Down is a perfect example of how novels of anthropomorphic animals condenses and redefines time-period social commentary for future generations to experience and discover through the natural course of a rabbit's ethology and human anthropology. Readers discover the different defining levels of culture through the Warren (folklore, mythology, language, ect.) and the objective but destructive course and perilous consequences of mans' cultivation of nature by creating a more human approach to the rabbits' journey in to find another homestead after the Warren is destroyed by farmers. Though this is merely but one dimension in which Adams creates an entertaining and thrilling story but, at the same time, discusses the various dynamics of human nature that are natural in a societal state such as personal freedom, tyrannical and oppressive social institutions, and gender assignments according to social standards. ( )
1 vote rwagner2 | Oct 14, 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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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
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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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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

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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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