If you like the Red Wall series of brave mice and other creatures, you will love this. I began with the wonderful audio version, but ran out of time and finished with the print version. The advantage to each version: The audio provides an excellent foreword with the author explaining how the tales came about and his use of onomatopoeia in creating the lapin language. The audio version was particularly good with the foreigners, a gull and a mouse, who speak pidgin rabbit. The book contains a helpful glossary of rabbit language as well as a map.
The characters include Fiver, a small rabbit who sense things in dreams and predicts evil; Hazel, the planner, and Bigwig, the loveable fighter.
Read again after nearly 40 years. Still a great read with relevance in today's world.
Really enjoyed this. It doesn't feel like a kids book, just an adventure about rabbits. I think The Story of Rowsby Woof and the Fairy Wogdog is one of the funniest stories ever. Rabbits really don't think much of dogs.
A wonderful book...about rabbits. This is not a children's book, despite the subject matter. Cleverly written, Watership Down covers a number of adult themes. Each time I read it I enjoy it...and wonder how many pet rabbits get named Hazel or Strawberry because of Adams' imagination?
Amazing story! Comparable to Lord of the Rings in adventure and descriptions. The characters are complex and interesting, and the plot is multilayered. Both older kids and adults can enjoy this story.
This isn't exactly a comment by definition. But it is a testament to the story.
I received the hardbound (heaviest yet most durable) edition as a gift, long ago, by someone who knew me well. After casually opening it for the first time and reading a few pages, I realized this book was to be savored. I would only open it again, well into the midst of the many backpacking treks I took every opportunity to embark on, back then. If I couldn't find a trail-mate to hike with me, I went alone.
The deep wilds allow my imagination a vividity, like nowhere else can.
Looking back, I have more clarity in the memories of particular chapters, than for the grandly epic settings I labored for days to attain......... just to hunker into some nook....
...........so I could fervently return to Hazel and Fiver's even greater adventure!
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.
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.
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.
Rabbits and politics. Like a breath of fresh air, this book always is refreshing.
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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.
Rabbits attack and bite each other, and one character is caught in a snare and nearly chokes to death. Another character's ears are ripped to shreds by other rabbits.