Watership Down

Watership Down

by Richard Adams
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CrossWind More than 1 year ago
I love this story, it is wonderful, a whole world and it's history. It is a story of overcoming obstacles, and makes some powerful statements about community and being part of a team, yet shows the dangers of collectivism & socialism. I wish this hardback version had the illustrations and quotes that were in the original paperback... (or is the preview just not showing them?)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Watership Down is one of the best in classic literature. It is a novel about the lives of a small group of rabbits in search of a home after their warren is destroyed by humans. In the book, the leader of the rabbits, called Hazel, and his friend Fiver the mystic both lead their gang across rivers, escaping predators, and humans with their snares and traps. The rabbits finally find a good place to make their new warren, and after doing so are faced with the problem of there not being enough rabbits to keep the warren going. They attempt to solve the problem by trying to steal some pet rabbits from a farm nearby. When that doesn’t work to plan, they decide to find another warren and to convince some of their rabbits to come to the new warren. When they find a new warren, they find it under the tyrannical reign of a huge rabbit named General Woundwort. After they escape from his guards they plan on raiding his warren and taking some of his rabbits that are not as loyal. They succeed by a small margin, and the General pursues them. Soon they find themselves in a war, each side fighting for their lives. During the book they tell each other side stories of a mythical rabbit named El-ahrairah, yet do not realize their adventure is a legend in itself. I think part of the reason Richard Adams wrote this book was because he wanted to show how rabbits live, and how their lives are affected by humans. I liked the originality of this book, and the way it intertwines a view of the world through a rabbits eyes, within a human world. I also liked how the story tells of their journey, and when they finish the journey half way through the book it continues with a new problem. I did not like the way he used weird made up words to describe human things, because it made the story hard to read and awkward. Despite this, this book has earned itself a five star rating, above average. This is a book everyone should read, because it is such a great classic, and shows a new view on life. I would also like to recommend ‘The Dragons Nine Sons’, because after reading that, I vowed to recommend it to everyone I could. It is the best book I have ever read and will probably never be beaten. No one can go without reading it; it is a science fiction masterpiece.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read Watership Down for my 7th grade English class, and started out disliking it immensely. I mean, I don't know a single seventh grader who would actually enjoy reading a 400+ page book about talking rabbits. As I read more and more in the book, though, my opinion of Watership Down changed drastically. I realized that the themes and characters in the book are powerful and more than they appear to be. The characters are vivid and strong, and I especially liked Hazel, the beloved and courageous chief rabbit who proves his worth again and again to his people. The ending in Watership Down was perfect, and it will have a lasting impression on me. My advice to possible readers is this: Watership Down is a great book. Yes, it was sometimes slow and tiresome, but it was also more than a book about talking rabbits. Don't let those rabbits stop you from such a wonderful story. I was pleasantly surprised by this book, and would recommend it to anyone who appreciates quality literature.
KirstyHaining More than 1 year ago
This was the first novel that I stayed up late reading (with a flashlight under the covers so my folks wouldn't know I was up past my bedtime)! Worth reading again and again - an enchanting story. P.S. This is also a particularly good story for reading out loud to older children and adults (a chapter or two a night).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book at least every ten years; each time I read it, I visit old friends, and discover the new. I am now age 77, keeping the book in my Nook Library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Woth every penny a good read
Dester More than 1 year ago
I read this book years ago when I found this and plegue dogs at my school's old and very limited library. I cannot see how individuals can rate this story under 3 stars; this is a classic like Wind in the Willows. Highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The perfect book for any age group!you will fall in love with this book.it is adventurous,action,heart warming and many more.must read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
btsyshsbnd More than 1 year ago
it was every bit as good as I remember it being. In a few years I'm going to share it to my grand daughter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adams is a literary genius! This one isn't as good as The Plague Dogs, but still a fantastic read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
you may get turned off in the beginning but just keep reading it is truly an amazing book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this when i was nine and i still love it . awsome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great. It is about rabbits that have to move away. It is really long, but it is worth it. The main characters are hazel and fiver, two rabbits. Read it, its worth the money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Richard Adams weaves beautiful diction with a story about a deep society from creatues you would't expect
MandyW11 More than 1 year ago
When people hear "epic", most people recall ancient Greek heroes such as Odysseus and Achilles. Some people might think of more modern epics like The Lord of the Rings or Star Wars (I consider them epics, anyway). But why do all epics need to star humans (or hobbits)? Well they don't, as Richard Adams has shown with Watership Down, an epic novel set in the world of rabbits. Watership Down is a classic and a staple of high school English classes for a reason. Adams' first novel has wonderful characters and an exciting, fast-paced plot. The story begins in Sandleford Warren in England (all places in this story are real). Fiver, a small, prophetic rabbit tells his brother Hazel that he has been having strange feelings and that there is something terrible coming to the warren. Fiver and Hazel gather nine other rabbits, including the clever Blackberry, and the huge and strong Bigwig, and leave the warren. They run into many dangers along the way, but they eventually make it to the 300-foot tall Watership Down, the perfect home for rabbits. The story doesn't end there however. The Watership rabbits quickly realize that they forgot to recruit any does, but with the help of a boisterous gull named Kehaar, they make a raid on Efrafa, a militaristic warren led by cruel General Woundwort. One major mistake authors and moviemakers make when telling a story with animals is not letting animals be animals. A lot of times in these stories, animals act more like humans in fur. This isn't true with Watership Down. Hazel and his band of bunnies act like rabbits really act, know only what rabbits know. The best example of this is the way does are treated in the story. Many people would argue that does in Watership Down are treated as baby-making machines and nothing else. There aren't very many does that are developed as characters. If this story were about humans, this treatment would be terrible, but it isn't. Rabbits, and most animals in general, don't really have love and other emotions like humans. To a rabbit, a doe really is just a baby-making machine. These rabbits really act towards another the way real rabbits act towards each other, and I really appreciate that as a reader. We have too many Disney animals out there and realistic animal characters are refreshing. One might not think that a story about bunny rabbits could be exciting and action-packed, but Watership Down is exactly that. The story starts off with a creepy prediction of doom and ends with a final bloody battle. There are no slow parts and everything moves at an even pace. At the parts that seem the slowest, Adams adds stories of El-Ahrairah, a sort of Robin Hood character of rabbits. Perhaps my favorite thing about Watership Down is that it isn't an allegory of any kind. There are so many novels that have hidden meanings and symbolism, and those books are fine, but sometimes it's nice to read a book like this that is just a story. Many people claim that Watership Down is an allegory, saying that the Watership rabbits represent democracy and Efrafa represents fascism, but according to the author, it really is just an adventure novel. It makes the book more enjoyable to know that there are no hidden meanings to search for. Watership Down has been read for years, and I wish my high school required it. It may not be an allegory or a satire, but it is an exciting, epic adventure. I give it five stars out of five, and it is now one of my favorite books. I recomme
literature_king More than 1 year ago
It does not take long to get atatched to this book. Adams brings the reader on an adventure starting early on in the book. Once Hazel and Fiver, start their journey, the book becomes extremely addictive. I am a consatnt reader, and this book is easily one of my top three novels I have ever read. As the characters were being introduced I found a strong connection to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. This is a true adventure book, but I would also recommend this book to any peron that loves to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent novel. I am a seventh grader so it may be surprising that I enjoyed and even understood this book,but I truly did. I found it to be a beautifully illustrated tale of adventure, courage,and teamwork. The descriptions were vivid and the characters well developed. It may be difficult to get into, but if you stick with it, it will become spellbinding. It is a taut tale of suspense, hot pursuit,and derring-do. I highly encourage reading this book.
Maynard_N More than 1 year ago
I have loved this book ever since I read it in the 6th grade. I decided my old and worn copy was due to be replaced. I really like this edition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in sixth grade right now and I am reading this book. I first got Watership Down in third grade, when I finished an American Girl 450 page book in a matter of days. It was my mom's, and she says this is her favorite book. I didn't want to read this book. It looked boring; my copy is from 1775. Instead I read Tales From Watership Down, and it did not all make sense, but I remember one part was about some one wanting someone else to tell them a story that did not usually tell stories. I think this was Fiver, and he told a really unlikely story and every step of the way Bigwig (I think) was doubting Fiver. I look back now and laugh because it all makes sense. Now I am reading the actual story and I love it. Its amazing, but really hard to read. I am a really quick reader; I usually finish books really quickly. This book I have been reading for a week already. I think it is taking me so long because it is really hard to read. Not that I don't love it, of course. This is one of the best books ever. Its such a shame that its not very popular anymore... but I have a feeling that some day I'll have to read this for school. Its just that kind of book. All my friends, at first glance, think its really boring. But then again, that's just judging a book by it cover. It is the kind of book that will bore some people, though. The begining is very slow. Not everyone will like this book. I can see both points of views. Most people, I think, will like it, though. I love it. Why not try it? You'll never know until you read it.......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great. It was charming and whimsical, and a good escape from reality!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked it when i was younger, but I started to read it again and found it less exciting. But it is still an awesome book!
AthaliaStoneback More than 1 year ago
Richard Adams is a true genius. "Watership Down" is a captivating story, that kept me spellbound from start to finish. The lapine language was especially clever. I'm only sorry I don't know of more books by Adams. I would definitely recommend this book to friends and family.
CherieReads More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me by a friend and I went into it with some reservations. I'm very glad I stuck with it. On the surface it's an adventure story featuring some rabbits. Really, though this book is a social commentary. This book can be enjoyed by a wide range of ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Some parts do get a little boring, but you have to stay with it.
Annika Lundberg More than 1 year ago
I am reading this book for world history class and it truly is a wonderful story so far. We are reading it for government, religion, and societies. Love it.