Watership Down

Watership Down

Book - 2005
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"The story follows a warren of Berkshire rabbits fleeing the destruction of their home by a land developer. As they search for a safe haven, skirting danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band and its compelling culture and mythos. Adams has crafted a touching, involving world in the dirt and scrub of the English countryside, complete with its own folk history and language (the book comes with a "lapine" glossary, a guide to rabbitese). As much about freedom, ethics, and human nature as it is about a bunch of bunnies looking for a warm hidey-hole and some mates, Watership Down will continue to make the transition from classroom desk to bedside table for many generations to come." -- amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2005, c2000
Edition: 1st Scribner trade paperback ed
ISBN: 9780743277709
Branch Call Number: CF ADAMS
Characteristics: xvi, 476 p. : maps ; 21 cm


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ArapahoeKati Apr 17, 2019

If you think rabbits in literature, do you think of this novel about Bigwig, Hazel and the other rabbits? First published in 1972.

A classic fantasy novel that uses anthropomorphized rabbits to tackle big issues like tyranny and freedom, reason and emotion.

After a career in civil service, Richard Adams wrote "Watership Down" when he was 52. He went on to write 20 more books.

Netflix mini-series premier in mid-2018.

ArapahoeRachel 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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Mar 10, 2019

My favorite book ever!!! 10/5!!! My favorite chars are Blackberry, Hyzenthlay, and Campion!

Feb 02, 2019

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.

Jan 22, 2019

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.

Nov 27, 2018

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.

JCLJoyceM Jun 13, 2018

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.

JCLMaryC Jun 07, 2018

Read again after nearly 40 years. Still a great read with relevance in today's world.

Mar 14, 2018

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?

Oct 14, 2017

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.

Oct 05, 2017

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~

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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FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

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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Oct 14, 2017

Violence: 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.


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Mar 14, 2018

Going tharn.

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