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Watership Down: A Novel Paperback – November 1, 2005
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About the Author
Winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Award for Children's Literature, Richard Adams was a British novelist best known for Watership Down, Shardik, and The Plague Dogs.
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I have a lot of friends who have blatantly stated that "this book it terrible." I hate to have to say this about smart people, but my opinion is that if you don't understand the meaning of this book, you might as well read only for entertainment because you will never be able to understand great literature. Want proof? Just look at the other entire one star reviews. None of them are eloquent. None of them give a good reason as to why it wasn't good (other then the fact that they personally didn't understand it).
What IS so great about this book, anyway? I can answer that! First of all, the emotions of the characters are so vivid that you could cry over them. When one of them, Fiver, is seized with fear, you really do care, you really do understand. Each character has so much depth that everything they do is such a "them" thing to do. I find myself smiling as if watching an old friend when Hazel does this, or Bigwig does that.
Another great thing is the fact that they are so definitely rabbits. They don't understand everything that humans understand. They function differently, they fear different things, and Richard Adams so flawlessly portrays this that the reader is almost oblivious at times. You just accept it all and sometimes sit back and marvel at... well... just everything!
I could talk and talk all day about this book, but then no one would read my review, so I will stop now. I really hope you have been either: a) convinced to read this book or b) made to feel very guilty for not liking it. All right that is all I have to say. Good day.
This book has been on my "to be read" list for many years. However, due to the nature of the characters (being rabbits), I've continued to put it off until recently. The life-like personalities begin to take over your day as you scramble to find more time to read (or listen) to the saga of these adventuresome rabbits.
The storyline has been rehashed many times before, so I will not do it again. All I can say is that if haven't read it, treat yourself to one of the most enjoyable experiences - or better yet, let Ralph Cosham read it to you as I did. You will not regret it.