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Watership Down (1972)

by Richard Adams

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Series: Watership Down (1)

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22,210441126 (4.21)3 / 842
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 (421)  Finnish (4)  Spanish (4)  Italian (4)  Dutch (2)  French (2)  Portuguese (Brazil) (1)  German (1)  All languages (439)
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Loved this deeply as a young person. Remember sobbing my eyes out and reading it repeatedly. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
I have rarely been so relieved to finish a book ( )
  whatmeworry | Apr 9, 2022 |
DNF @ page 294. I just don't care that much about rabbits. Although I do have a fierce craving for hasenpfeffer now. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Feb 20, 2022 |
An timeless adventure story about love, loyalty, politics, and nature. ( )
  AngelaLam | Feb 8, 2022 |
*** ITA/ENG ***
Non ho ancora incontrato nessun altro autore in grado di ambientare un romanzo nel mondo animale e rendere questo mondo così totalmente loro. I conigli di questo libro non ragionano come degli umani con le orecchie lunghe, non si comportano come piccole personcine pelose.

Sono i conigli più coniglieschi che potreste trovare in un libro. Alcune loro abitudini non sono nemmeno spiegate al lettore, così come le loro storie e il loro folklore hanno radici nell'essere prede.

Forse è per questo che fin da ragazzina ho trovato le loro avventure così affascinanti. La loro paura traspariva da ogni pagina, lo sforzo sovrumano per superare le loro abitudini e affrontare l'epopea del trovare un nuovo posto dove vivere suonava autentico e... insomma, chi è che non vorrebbe sentire le avventure di El-ahrairà?

This is one of my all times favourite books. I've never encountered another book where the animals were so familiar and so alien at the same time, with a society that isn't simply a human imitation, but well rounded and based on the real rabbits way of life in the wild.

The book is a sort of fantasy with animals, where the main characters struggle and fight to gain a place in world, and their struggle is so more evident as the are rabbit living a rabbit life.

Please read it, you won't regret it. ( )
  JaqJaq | Jan 7, 2022 |
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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.

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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
Strohm, EgonTranslatorsecondary 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
"Who wants to hear about brave deeds when he's ashamed of his own, and who likes an open, honest tale from someone he's deceiving?"
"A rabbit who does not know when a gift has made him safe is poorer than a slug, even though he may think otherwise himself."
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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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2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0241953235, 0141341939


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