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Watership Down (1972)

by Richard Adams

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Series: Watership Down (1)

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21,088417123 (4.21)3 / 815
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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English (398)  Finnish (4)  Italian (4)  Spanish (3)  French (2)  Dutch (2)  German (1)  All languages (414)
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Honestly, I think this is my favourite novel ever. I've loved it since I was a child and every re-read brings new perspectives. Really a great novel. ( )
  elahrairah | Feb 27, 2021 |
Read with Sophi. Treasured memory. ( )
  ktrout70 | Feb 19, 2021 |
It's a story about talking bunnies and their adventures. What more do you want? ( )
  superpeer | Feb 1, 2021 |
Una delle migliori letture del 2009, un classico che, non so perché, non era mai giunto tra le mie mani. Se l'avessi letto prima,magari a 15 anni, probabilmente sarebbe diventato uno dei libri del mio cuore ma anche letto a trent'anni "La collina dei conigli" non perde minimamente la sua forza. Sento già alcuni di voi che diranno:" ma parla di conigli!!" Si parla di conigli, ma nella storia che racconta questo libro conta poco a quale specie appartengano i protagonisti perché si tratta di una storia fatta di archetipi universali: l'esodo, la terra promessa, la paura, la guerra i re e gli eroi. Archetipi, questi, al servizio di una struttura narrativa antica ma perfetta. Se proprio volessi trovare un difetto in quest'opera sarebbe un difetto di tipo ideologico (che ci volete fare? Sono un fottuto comunista) e riguarda la considerazione delle figure femminili che vengono relegate al semplice ruolo di scavatrici di tane e sfornamarmocchi, scelta del tutto ingiustificata, visto che, in natura, i conigli hanno una struttura sociale matriarcale.
Nonostante questo si tratta di un libro potente dal grande fascino che deve essere letto assolutamente.
( )
  JoeProtagoras | Jan 28, 2021 |
This book is excellent. There is a good chance it will make it into my yearly reading list although there isn't much room left ;) ( )
  mcsp | Jan 25, 2021 |
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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.

» Add other authors (16 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Adams, Richardprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baynes, PaulineCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Capaldi, PeterNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cosham, RalphNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Galli, AldoIllustratorsecondary 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
Rostant, LarryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schuchart, MaxTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tucker, NicholasAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Webb, KayeEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Master Rabbit I saw
Walter de la Mare
Juliet and Rosamond,
the road to Stratford-on-Avon
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The primroses were over.
CHORUS: Why do you cry out thus, unless at some vision of horror?
CASSANDRA: The house reeks of death and dripping blood.
CHORUS: How so? 'Tis but the odour of the altar sacrifice.
CASSANDRA: The stench is like a breath from the tomb.

Aeschylus Agamemnon
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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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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.
FI:"Viikka ja Vatukka, Voikukka ja Mansikka, Pähkinä ja Hopea ja muut kanit, Ruohometsän koko unohtumaton kansa tässä elokuvassa, joka on valloittanut maailman. Kertomus pikkukanien uhkraohkeasta pakomatkasta ihmisten jaloista kohti uutta, turvallista kotiseutua - on tarina kaikenikäisille. Jännittävä, liikuttava ja tiemastuttava koko perheen elokuva, jonka suosiosta kertovat myös monet suuret kansainväliset palkinnot."
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Rabbits find a home.
They find others on the way
and fight to stay safe.

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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0241953235, 0141341939

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