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My favorite book ever!!! 10/5!!! My favorite chars are Blackberry, Hyzenthlay, and Campion!
This is the best book that I've ever read. I deeply enjoy the suspense and excitement. This is a book that i will read over and over.
I read this for the "An Allegorical Book" part of my 2019 reading challenge. I really enjoyed it, the rabbits have great personalities and it reminds me a lot of Duncton Wood.
Possibly one of the greatest books ever written. I listened to the audiobook first, the narrator really brought the whole world to life. A magical work that brings you into the world of rabbits with their myth and politics. Amazing story telling and adventure, I found myself very invested in their quest. Should be read by everyone before they die.
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.
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, but more importantly, the most durable)... edition as a graduation 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.
The deep wilds allow my imagination a vividity, like nowhere else can.
Looking back, I have much more clarity in the memories of particular chapters, than for the grandly-epic settings I trudged for days to attain....
......just to hunker into some nook....
... so I could fervently return to Hazel and Fiver's even greater adventure!
~RIP Mr. Adams~
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.
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 - like this one - give you food for thought.
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.
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!
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.
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!
This was a great book, pretty serious though, I'd only recomend it for an older and more experienced reader. My favorite character was Bigwig for his courage and loyalty. I also loved the way Kehaar said his name: Meester Pigvig ;)
This book is always on hold. Perhaps the library should acquire a few more copies given its popularity.
"Whether you consider it an allegory, a classic adventure story, or a fantasy, a kids' book or for adults, this novel has enchanted readers for more than 40 years. It follows a group of wild rabbits as they leave their home den to find a safer - and more humane - society. Prompted by Fiver, a young rabbit with a gift for prophecy, and led by his brother, Hazel, the rabbits encounter much danger along the way, including from their own kind. Their society, language, and mythology are exceedingly well-detailed, which will appeal to readers who enjoy other worlds." Fiction A to Z November 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=700674
I love this book! It is a little like the Redwall storys. I would recomend it to those who like animals and fantisy, but you need to be a fairly good reader. I realy enjoyed all the rabbits, because I have two as pets.
What a beautiful, wonderful story. Yes, it's just about rabbits moving from one field to another, but this book is so hard to put down. The characters tug at your little heart strings and sneak into your dreams, and you'd be surprised how easy it is to tell them all apart once you know them. They're brave, clever, and have as much potential as people to be great heroes. This is definitely a new favorite!