Watership Down

Watership Down

Book - 1972
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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.
Publisher: New York : Macmillan, [1972], [©1972]
ISBN: 9780027000306
0027000303
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ada
Characteristics: ix, 429 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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"I loved Watership Down because it was full of perils as a band of rabbits makes it to a promised land. The leader isn’t necessarily the biggest and strongest, but the one whom others will follow." Also available in large print.

Set in England's Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth f... Read More »

Set in England's Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth f... Read More »

Set in England's Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth f... Read More »


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micro1039
Aug 06, 2017

I am sorry it took me all this time to read Watership Down!! I was taken in by the first few pages and didn't stop until I was finished. It is a great story about life, family, and what is really important.

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cknightkc
Jul 31, 2017

First of all, I’m not a fan of fantasy so this review of WATERSHIP DOWN was probably doomed from the start. It’s not the kind of literature I would choose to read on my own, but it was selected by my book group so I gave it a shot. I admit the story is creative in that it’s an old-fashioned adventure tale told through the eyes of personified rabbits (the smart one, the seer, the fighter, the villain, etc.), but I didn’t especially find the characters memorable. Although probably not intentional, I thought the tale was terribly sexist in its portrayal/treatment of the does and didn't translate well to today’s world. I enjoyed the English countryside setting, however the endless descriptions of the native flora and rabbits’ feeding habits became tedious and bogged the story down. Finally, author Richard Adams employed techniques characteristic of the fantasy genre which I find particularly infuriating: moments when bunny folklore, legend, or poetry are shared, and the use of invented vocabulary, dialect that is challenging to understand, and names that are unpronounceable. I floundered for the first 20+ pages before I discovered the “Lapine Glossary” at the back of the book, but even then I often had to interrupt my reading to consult it throughout the rest of the story. From all the high ratings this so-called “modern classic” has received, I realize my reaction isn’t typical, but where fans found it enchanting, I found it boring. For me, WATERSHIP DOWN was way, way too long and too easy to put down - bottom line, I just didn’t get it. Now, I’ll disappear down the rabbit hole.

AL_RACHEL Jul 13, 2017

I disappeared in this book as it took me far away from the human perspective. Civilization is only a shadow in the background of this story about finding home, finding your family and finding yourself.

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Monica_Fruit
Apr 30, 2017

Rabbits and politics. Like a breath of fresh air, this book always is refreshing.

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Tabaqui
Dec 12, 2016

I liked this one, and it really made me think about wild animals and what their lives would actually be like. One part that was especially interesting was the comments on winter. Roughly, it said something like humans say they like winter because they have warm clothes, protected houses, etc. Admittedly, rabbits' lives probably aren't THIS intense, but what would it be like to be a rabbit? Good books give you food for thought.

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lukasevansherman
Jul 04, 2016

By far my favorite comment is here is "I love rabbits, but this book does not capture their life." Sounds like somebody needs to write a talking rabbits adventure book of their own! I can't decide who the intended audience is for this as it is a survival tale about rabbits, but it's clearly written in an adult style, is long, and author Richard Adams uses epigraphs from Auden, Shakespeare, and Hardy, among others. Curious. Made into an animated film.

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mariaarcorace
May 01, 2016

Netflix and BBC working on a new adaption film, release date TBD.

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JihadiConservative
Mar 09, 2016

This is one of the most unique and interesting books I've ever read. Richard Adams chose rabbits as the characters of his animal fantasy, a different and more interesting choice than most. The creation of the rabbits' society was well-thought and brilliant, along with the legends that the rabbits told one another.

The story is aabout a group of rabbits, who decide they must leave their warren when Fiver, a young buck rabbit among them, has a strange feeling that something bad is coming. His older brother Hazel leads a small group of rabbits out of the warren, in search of a new home. But when they do find a new palce, they discover that they have no female rabbits, and they must find a way to bring some to their new warren.

I would recommend this book to anyone, and I only dropped one star because it is a little drawn-out in some places, but it is still gripping enough to keep you reading it until the last page. Also, the author never really explained how Fiver came to have his strange sense of foreboding. Since this is one of the most important elements of the book, I would have liked for it to be explained. But other than that, this is a wonderful classic that everyone should read!

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ANABELLE H. PORTER
Oct 19, 2015

Did not like this book. I thought it was too serious. The whole story is about rabbits running away. I love rabbits, but this book does not capture their life.

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wyenotgo
Aug 03, 2015

What a great story! Whereas in general I find anthropomorphism off-putting and even juvenile, Adams easily overcame my prejudice on that score. The book is, in the final abalysis an allegory rather than an animal story. Perfect material for discussion by a book club!

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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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