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Watership Down has been a staple of high-school English classes for years. Despite the fact that it's often a hard sell at first (what teenager wouldn't cringe at the thought of 400-plus pages of talking rabbits?), Richard Adams's bunny-centric epic rarely fails to win the love and respect of anyone who reads it, regardless of age. Like most great novels, Watership Down is a rich story that can be read (and reread) on many different levels. The book is often praised as an allegory, with its analogs between human and rabbit culture (a fact sometimes used to goad skeptical teens, who resent the challenge that they won't "get" it, into reading it), but it's equally praiseworthy as just a corking good adventure.
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. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Spellbinding...Marvelous...A taut tale of suspense, hot pursuit and derring-do."
-- Chicago Tribune
"A classic...A great book."
-- Los Angeles Times
"Quite marvelous...A powerful new vision of the great chain of being."
-- The New York Times Book Review
I had read it years ago and remembered enjoying it. After I gave my 14 year old granddaughter a copy, I thought I should reread it. Read morePublished 6 days ago by ntl
I have always loved this book (and movie). I'm reading it again on my Kindle because my paperback copy disappeared. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Natasia K
WHAT, ONLY FIVE STARS? SHOULD BE A HUNDERD!
REALLY, YOU DOB'T WANNA MISS THIS ONE!
It is a classic. The language is simple yet poetic. I like the story.Published 18 days ago by YIPLIU
Should be read by every child and adult. A classic. After reading this story you will not feel alone, that the odds against you are insurmountable. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Joseph C. Gates