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A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for than forty years Richard Adams's Watership Down is a timeless classic and one of the most beloved novels of all time Set in England's Downs a once idyllic rural. I don t give a shit what Richard Adams says about his book because it simply isn t true According to him in the preface of my edition this is just a story about rabbits Its intended purpose was to entertain his children in the car that s fair enough but he also says there is no intentional allegorical meaning whatsoever I find this hard to believe The allegories in here are rich and meaningful They don t just allude to simple problems They re complex and purposeful So if he didn t intend them then his unconscious certainly did I can t believe the literary merit of this work is entirely accidental Animals don t behave like men he said If they have to fight they fight and if they have to kill they kill But they don t sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures lives and hurting them They have dignity and animality This has a surprising amount of depth The story is a comment on the brutal nature of man and his careless attitude towards nature it is a suggestion that he kills for the sake of killing rather than out of a need for survival it is a statement that man is not in touch with nature like other animals but in spite of this he is redeemable and capable of the opposite as much as the apparent Indeed this can be seen with the little girl who saves Hazel the Rabbit s chief at the end of the novel So it s a bit than a basic children s fable This is one of those rare rare books that can be read by anyone regardless of age and taste in novels it really is a wonderful story that has the potential to be enjoyed by all Indeed there is a reason why very few people have not heard of Watership Down and it s not because this is just a tale of rabbits attempting to find a new home and survive That is the crux of the plot but not the limits of the scope of the novel It has the appearance of a children s novel in that it is an exciting adventure about rabbits but for an adult it has greater depth Moreover the novel uestions the artificial life that captive animals must endure and demonstrates that they should be at one with their true nature like the rabbits of this novel This for me is a rather deep observation Humans are a species that superimpose their ways on all other forms of life If the animals don t adapt then they die I m not going to go into the murky realms of morality but whatever you think about the treatment of animals this is a truism Humans destroy nature as they destroy most things I m sounding like a little bit of a misanthrope but again it s true Men will never rest till they ve spoiled the earth and destroyed the animals Regardless of what Richard Adams thinks his book is an allegory for many things He may not have intended this but the finished product clearly transcends his motives it has become a real work of literature One need only look at half the works in the literary cannon to see that the interpretations of these works rarely correspond with the author s intent and sometimes even directly oppose them Many critics even say the author isn t important and is just a mere vessel for the work If this is true then one needn t look any further than the wonderful tale of Watership Down for conformation This is a great book Postscript I found this gorgeous illustrated edition in Waterstones that I just had to buyI mean just look at it You can connect with me on social media via My Linktree

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Watership Down

Stouthearted pair of brothers they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries to a mysterious promised land and a perfect socie. In memory of Richard Adams 1920 2016 Some books have an amazingly unexplainable ability to transcend the purpose of their creation and take a leap into being an instant timeless classic All the world will be your enemy Prince of a Thousand enemies And when they catch you they will kill you But first they must catch you digger listener runner Prince with the swift warning Be cunning and full of tricks and your people will never be destroyed Watership Down began as an impromptu entertainment for Adams two young daughters on long car trips an adventure of a migrating bunch of somewhat anthropomorphic but yet very rabbit like rabbits It is a story full of palpable love for English countryside full of rabbity allegories of the variations of human societies and ideologies that nevertheless do not overshadow the simple but fascinating impact of the story of survival against all odds rooted in friendship bravery loyalty courage uick thinking and learning ability to see and embrace the new while relying on the ages tested old and perseverance despite the unfavorable odds Rabbits live close to death and when death comes closer than usual thinking about survival leaves little room for anything else I first read the story of Hazel Bigwig co when I was twelve and read it again and again many times since loving it and with each re read appreciating and each time how its seeming simplicity is actually made of layers of complexity Survival is the big theme naturally but another one is the coexistence between the old ways and the new ways the balance between the natural and the unnatural innate and learned It s not just the rabbit society that is plagued by these choices of course On a superficial read it would appear that Adams favors the former our rabbits are looking for a way to lead the normal natural rabbit life that sharply contrasts with the decadent Cowslip s warren and militaristic Efrafa But on the other hand it s precisely the openness to the new things and experiences that allows Hazel s bunch to survive the raft and the boat the digging of burrows the interspecies alliances but they still hold on firmly to their essential rabbitness It s the harmony that Adams is looking for and I love itAdams succeeded in creating such vivid and distinct personalities for all of the rabbits in the story making them so human like and yet unmistakably animal at the same time Cute fluffy bunnies they are not however they are tenacious survivalists full of life force and determination to survive despite their status as prey for the Thousand the many carnivorous predators from cats to hawks to foxes to humans They are driven by the need to live and multiply and thrive and when allowed to do so they are fearsome indeed just think of how rabbits took over Australia for example In Adams rendition they are and aren t like us and it s both their similarities and differences from what we think of as human that makes the story unforgettable Animals don t behave like men he said If they have to fight they fight and if they have to kill they kill But they don t sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures lives and hurting them They have dignity and animality Each rabbit has a distinct voice and personality without being people they are nevertheless persons but it s the three that stand out to me Hazel Bigwig and WoundwortHazel the mastermind of the rabbit adventures is a natural leader He is not the fastest the smartest or the strongest but he has the understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the ragtag bunch he leads He genuinely cares and his charisma and leading by example are uick to win the loyalty of others The parallels between Hazel and the legendary rabbit folklore hero El ahrairah the Prince of a Thousand enemies are not surprising and the final scene of the book lovely but uietly gut wrenching comes as no surprise You needn t worry about them said his companion They ll be all right and thousands like them If you ll come along I ll show you what I meanHe reached the top of the bank in a single powerful leap Hazel followed and together they slipped away running easily down through the wood where the first primroses were beginning to bloom His opposite is the eventual villain of the book General Woundwort the tyrant leader of an isolated militaristic rabbit warren a ruler with an iron fist whose forceful personality is supplemented by ferociously merciless teeth and claws Unlike Hazel he leads by force and coercion but props to Adams for not making him neatly fit into a black and white good vs bad model as his amazing ability to at least temporarily make rabbits perpetual prey into predators was a source of almost legendary fame And yet Woundwort s vision breaks down because grand as it may be it s still just tunnel vision At that moment in the sunset on Watership Down there was offered to General Woundwort the opportunity to show whether he was really the leader of vision and genius which he believed himself to be or whether he was no than a tyrant with the courage and cunning of a pirate For one beat of his pulse the lame rabbit s idea shone clearly before him He grasped it and realized what it meant The next he had pushed it away from him And bridging the gap between Hazel and Woundwort is my hero Bigwig Big strong and experienced and therefore bound to succeed almost anywhere in the rabbit society he grows from a careless and a bit bullyish character to one strongly loyal and just learning to rely on brains over brawn and yet with enough ferocity and determination to be an unstoppable force when combined with Hazel s leadership The warren of Watership Down would have been doomed without Bigwig s boundless daring loyal courage without his resolute determination and willingness for self sacrifice for the others a trait he would of course have not developed if not for the friends he made on the night of the escape from the doomed old warren in the search of Watership Down promised by Fiver Hazel learns to see the strengths and weaknesses in others Bigwig learns to see them in himselfMy strong and loyal rabbit hero your words at what you thought may have been your last minutes never cease to make me happily grin My Chief Rabbit has told me to stay and defend this run and until he says otherwise I shall stay here This book is wonderful fantastic and has definitely earned itself a spot on the strategically placed bookshelf in my future hypothetical daughter s room where it will serve the purpose of helping to bring her into the wonderful world of stories and help her see the world for the amazing place it is And meanwhile somewhere in the wild rabbits would uietly go on with their rabbit lives Underground the story continued

Richard Adams ✓ 2 Summary

Landscape this stirring tale of adventure courage and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home Led by a. I read this book an age ago Maybe 40 years ago the first timeLots of authors have written animal stories but they tend to be cute little tales where the level of anthropomorphism is such that the rabbits or whatever are practically or literally wearing waistcoats and top hats We only need to look to Wind in the Willows or Beatrix Potter for examplesObviously some level of making the animals human is reuired I suspect a rabbit s true inner monologue would be rather dull even if it could be put into words But what Richard Adams achieved was something that kept his rabbits much closer to the real creatures from the details of their living uarters to the unvarnished truth that rabbits eat their own crap When Adams rabbits come into contact with humans we get a true sense of incomprehension of struggling to make sense of their activities and technology within the framework of a very different world viewWatership Down is a fat book containing a lot of story The warren has a history The rabbits as a species have a history stored in an oral tradition of stories about their gods and heroes Disaster visits our hero the rabbit Hazel who is neither the uickest strongest bravest or cleverest of his fellows and with a mixed band he sets out across Watership Down on a uestAdams gives each of the rabbits a uniue and interesting character from which much of the strength of this novel springs The dynamics in the group the strengthening friendships the teamwork used in overcoming challenges is all fascinating and even though the rabbits keep doing deeply rabbitty things it is hard not to think of them as people that you like and care about There are themes of duty fate friendship and love All human life is here On four furry feetThere is high drama combat even war This book will make chills run down your spine as one rabbit defends a run from another Rabbits Seriously think Gandalf stepping out into the balrog s path and declaring You shall not pass or Boromir standing alone against an orc horde There is in one fight scene a line that has its place high on the list of the best uotes of this sort from any book or film I know Delivered by a rabbit called Bigwig It sounds silly now but when you read it you won t think soIt would take a colder man than me not to cry at the end of this novel and possibly several places in betweenI finally got around to reviewing this book despite it being so long since I last read it because Richard Adams died recently aged 96 and it was best way I could think to commemorate himThis book is about rabbits but it is stuffed with beauty fear passion and excitement and it taught me a lot about life I commend it to your attention Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes


10 thoughts on “Watership Down

  1. says:

    oh man this book totally tricked me I got a bad haircut one day so I needed to lay low for a few weeks Supercuts my ass Liars I called two of my hardest most straight up thug homies Zachary and Dustin to bring me some of their books and this was one of them I had just watched a show on AE about WWII naval battle

  2. says:

    I don’t give a shit what Richard Adams says about his book because it simply isn’t true According to him in the preface of my edition this is just a story about rabbits Its intended purpose was to entertain his children in the car that’s fair enough but he also says there is no intentional allegorical meaning whatsoever I find this hard to believe The allegories in here are rich and meaningful They don’t just allude to sim

  3. says:

    Slowly watching the new Netflix show Don’t want to cry too much at once Re read on audio is great Still truly wonderful sad OMG I can't believe it has taken me all of these years to read this book It was such

  4. says:

    I read this book an age ago Maybe 40 years ago the first timeLots of authors have written animal stories but they tend to be cute little tales where the level of anthropomorphism is such that the rabbits or whatever are pra

  5. says:

    El ahrairah your people cannot rule the world for I will not have it so All the world will be your enemy Prince with a Thousand Enemies and whenever they catch you they will kill you But first they must catch you digger listener runner prince with the swift warning Be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall neve

  6. says:

    Ok so it's a book about a bunch of rabbits traveling through a small stretch of English countryside As such it doesn't seem like something that would appeal to anyone but a preteen But the fact of the matter is this is a great story full of rich characters a deep if occasionally erroneous understanding of things lapine

  7. says:

    I started this book about 2 months ago got through the first 10 pages or so and I was not interested in continuing I put it down In all honesty it seemed like it was going to be too babyish for me I mean come on bunnies though? Ser

  8. says:

    In memory of Richard Adams 1920 2016 Some books have an amazingly unexplainable ability to transcend the purpose of their creation and take a leap into being an instant timeless classic “All the world will be your enemy Prince of a Thousand enemies And when they catch you they will kill you But first they must catch you; digger listener runner Prince with the swift warning Be cunning and full of tricks and your people

  9. says:

    Watership Down is a classic fantasy novel written in 1972 that originated in stories told by Richard Adams to his daughters on long car drives It's kind of a pastoral fantasy based on anthropomorphized rabbits who have an elaborate if primitive society A group of rabbits leaves their warren when one of them Fiver who has second sight has vis

  10. says:

    Most reviews I write just for the hell of it for my own records and if some people like them I am just happy as a lark For W