"Watership Down" by Richard Adams is a true classic. This stirring tale of courage and survival against the odds has become one of the best-loved animal adventures of all time. 'We've got to go away before it's too late.' Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren - he felt sure of it. So did his brother Hazel, for Fiver's sixth sense was never wrong. They had to leave immediately, and they had to persuade the other rabbits to join them. And so begins a long and perilous journey of a ...
"Watership Down" by Richard Adams is a true classic. This stirring tale of courage and survival against the odds has become one of the best-loved animal adventures of all time. 'We've got to go away before it's too late.' Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren - he felt sure of it. So did his brother Hazel, for Fiver's sixth sense was never wrong. They had to leave immediately, and they had to persuade the other rabbits to join them. And so begins a long and perilous journey of a small band of rabbits in search of a safe home. Fiver's vision finally leads them to Watership Down, but here they face their most difficult challenge of all..."Watership Down" is an epic journey, a stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival against the odds. First published in 1972, this paperback reissue with a stunning new cover celebrates its 40th anniversary. Winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. "A gripping story of rebellion in a rabbit warren and the subsequent adventures of the rebels. Adams has a poetic eye and a gift for storytelling which will speak to readers of all ages for many years to come". ("Sunday Times"). "A masterpiece. The best story about wild animals since "The Wind in the Willows". Very funny, exciting, often moving". ("Evening Standard"). "A great book. A whole world is created, perfectly real in itself, yet constituting a deep incidental comment on human affairs". ("Guardian"). Richard Adams grew up in Berkshire, the son of a country doctor. After an education at Oxford, he spent six years in the army and then went into the Civil Service. He originally began telling the story of Watership Down to his two daughters and they insisted he publish it as a book. It quickly became a huge success with both children and adults, and won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal in 1972. Richard Adams has written many novels and short stories, including "Shardik" and "The Plague Dogs".
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Not only is this my favorite book, but I've had two total strangers tell me it was their favorite book. Anyone who says it's just a simple fantasy is probably being a snob. Watership Down transcends genre. There are lines that make my hair stand up, just thinking about them, and passages that almost ("almost") bring tears to my eyes -- not sad tears, but tears because of camaraderie and sheer joy/excitement. It is a wonderful thing.
Jul 19, 2010
This book is Adams' best, no contest. The film does not do the book justice, and the fact that it is about rabbits should not put you off, as it is by no means a kiddie's story. When I first tried to read it (aged 10) I found it too challenging, but now it is one of my favorites.
Watership down follows the perilous journey of a group of rabbits who try to find the ideal place to build a new warren. But Adams doesn't simply record the journey. He tells it from the perspective of the humble rabbits, outlining not only their fears, but their beliefs about the world, humanity, and God. By the end you, as I have and do, sympathise with the creatures we discarded as another piece of potential roadkill, and consider how complex their lives could really be.
Mar 5, 2009
Great first book for a young person
I read this book a couple years ago & loved it. It's an adventure story about a group of rabbits, but the twist is it's written from the rabbits' point of view. No "message" that I could detect- no ecology or right wing or left wing anything, just a great story. I got it for my 10 year old granddaughter, wasn't sure if she was old enough for a book not written for children, but she loved it. A great first adult book for a young person.
Jan 4, 2009
I read this the first time when I was in my teens. I am now in my fifties and still loved it the second time around. I hope there will be a 3rd time in my future.
Dec 3, 2007
Fine Tale of Imagination
This book is certainly one of the most unusual and imaginative ever written. Who would of thought that a rabbit warren could contain material for such drama and moving stories? Adams inhabits his created world of rabbits and their minds, so much that the reader is drawn into their lives as rabbits and their world becomes all important. This book is totally convincing. You won't ever look at rabbits the same way again!
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