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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 society 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 The Mediterranean Millionaires Mistress your enemy Prince of a Thousand enemies And when they catch A Millionaire for Cinderella (In Love with the Boss you they will kill Tame A Wild Stallion you But first they must catch Daddy By Choice you digger listener runner Prince with the swift warning Be cunning and full of tricks and Stealing Kisses your people will never be destroyed Watership Down began as an impromptu entertainment for Adams two One Breathless Night / Insatiable young daughters on long car trips an adventure of a migrating bunch of somewhat anthropomorphic but Old Flame, New Sparks 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 Lone Star Baby Bombshell 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 Lullabies and Lies you ll come along I ll show One Night In New York 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 A Night to Remember 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 An Earl to Save Her Reputation 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 On Fire your words at what The Doctor Takes a Princess you thought may have been Rescued by the Viking 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

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Watership Down

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 stouthearted pair of friends 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 never be destroyedWhen Fiver a seer is overcome with a vivid dream of mass destruction He tries to convince the rabbits in charge of the validity of his vision They are dismissive but one rabbit named Hazel does believe him They convince nine other bucks to leave the warren with them Driven by fear and curiosity they begin an odyssey that if Homer had been fortunate enough to hear about would have given him another epic story to tell for a few copper coins in the town suare Hazel finds out he is a natural leader and through courage luck and Macguveresue skills manages to bring his troop through the thickets of a new and dangerous world They meet other warrens of rabbits with society aberrations that made them unpalatable for amalgamation Given the way that Richard Adams portrayed these rigid social constructs I came away with the feeling that he was somewhat anti government He seemed to be advocating that a looser structure of co existence will lead to happier rabbitspeople Speaking of that even though these rabbits did take on some human characteristics I never really thought of them as people I was convinced I was reading a book about rabbits not rabbits with human faces That to me is a major achievement and at the same time in the early pages made me feel like I was reading a book at a reading level below my comfort zone Rabbits are relatively simple animals and Adams adhered to that principle for most of the book Cleverness was a revered trait among warren colonies and is reflected in their stories of past accomplishments by legendary rabbits These stories passed down orally from generation to generation provided a collective source of cunning skills that are applied to situations beyond the natural experiences of our erstwhile heroes It doesn t take long for the all male colony to realize that if they want kittens They must have DOES They were in such a hurry to escape the warren that they forgot to bring the mystical other half necessary for reproduction They came to the same conclusion that tribal units have come to for thousands of years If they don t have something they need than they need to liberate it from someone else The Efrafa warren is governed by General Woundwart He is a brutal militaristic leader who rules his burrow with an iron fist The Efrafa happen to have a plethora of DOES and Hazel and his band of intrepid bunnies believe they are clever enough with the help of some unusual allies to coax away enough DOES to insure the survival of their fledgling society This sets up one of the most pulse pounding showdowns I ve read in a long time Displaying the courage of the defenders of the Alamo and the steadfastness of the Spartans at the battle of Thermopylae I found myself glowing with the pride of a participant white knuckles and all as the Watership Down rabbits defend their home The thing about this book is that you have to hang in there I have started and stopped this book a handful of times but several reviews on goodreads convinced me I was giving up on the book too soon At about page 70 I could feel my eyes looking over with longing at the stack of books waiting in the wings As the pages stacked up I started to care about this band of brothers I wish that I had read it in time to have shared it with my kids There is much to be discussed especially in regards to how societies are structured about courage about friendship about thinking outside the box and about the importance of how we conduct ourselves within our own warrentownship If you have kids young enough read it to them It will heighten the experience for you and them I ve already got this logged as a book to read to my grandchildrensome dayin the distant futureafter my kids graduate collegeget great jobsmeet their soulmatesand have kids that love to curl up in their grandfather s lap for a tale that may help shape the people they become RIP Richard Adams May 9th 1920 December 24th 2016If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at Ill Be Yours for Christmas (Harlequin Blaze, your people cannot rule the world for I will not have it so All the world will be Her Babys Bodyguard (Eagle Squadron your enemy Prince with a Thousand Enemies and whenever they catch If Wishes Were...Daddies you they will kill West of Heaven you But first they must catch Putting Out of Your Mind you digger listener runner prince with the swift warning Be cunning and full of tricks and Under the Knife / Whistleblower your people shall never be destroyedWhen Fiver a seer is overcome with a vivid dream of mass destruction He tries to convince the rabbits in charge of the validity of his vision They are dismissive but one rabbit named Hazel does believe him They convince nine other bucks to leave the warren with them Driven by fear and curiosity they begin an odyssey that if Homer had been fortunate enough to hear about would have given him another epic story to tell for a few copper coins in the town suare Hazel finds out he is a natural leader and through courage luck and Macguveresue skills manages to bring his troop through the thickets of a new and dangerous world They meet other warrens of rabbits with society aberrations that made them unpalatable for amalgamation Given the way that Richard Adams portrayed these rigid social constructs I came away with the feeling that he was somewhat anti government He seemed to be advocating that a looser structure of co existence will lead to happier rabbitspeople Speaking of that even though these rabbits did take on some human characteristics I never really thought of them as people I was convinced I was reading a book about rabbits not rabbits with human faces That to me is a major achievement and at the same time in the early pages made me feel like I was reading a book at a reading level below my comfort zone Rabbits are relatively simple animals and Adams adhered to that principle for most of the book Cleverness was a revered trait among warren colonies and is reflected in their stories of past accomplishments by legendary rabbits These stories passed down orally from generation to generation provided a collective source of cunning skills that are applied to situations beyond the natural experiences of our erstwhile heroes It doesn t take long for the all male colony to realize that if they want kittens They must have DOES They were in such a hurry to escape the warren that they forgot to bring the mystical other half necessary for reproduction They came to the same conclusion that tribal units have come to for thousands of Warrior Rising (The Esri years If they don t have something they need than they need to liberate it from someone else The Efrafa warren is governed by General Woundwart He is a brutal militaristic leader who rules his burrow with an iron fist The Efrafa happen to have a plethora of DOES and Hazel and his band of intrepid bunnies believe they are clever enough with the help of some unusual allies to coax away enough DOES to insure the survival of their fledgling society This sets up one of the most pulse pounding showdowns I ve read in a long time Displaying the courage of the defenders of the Alamo and the steadfastness of the Spartans at the battle of Thermopylae I found myself glowing with the pride of a participant white knuckles and all as the Watership Down rabbits defend their home The thing about this book is that Mistress at a Price you have to hang in there I have started and stopped this book a handful of times but several reviews on goodreads convinced me I was giving up on the book too soon At about page 70 I could feel my eyes looking over with longing at the stack of books waiting in the wings As the pages stacked up I started to care about this band of brothers I wish that I had read it in time to have shared it with my kids There is much to be discussed especially in regards to how societies are structured about courage about friendship about thinking outside the box and about the importance of how we conduct ourselves within our own warrentownship If Raintree (Raintree, you have kids The Mediterranean Millionaires Mistress young enough read it to them It will heighten the experience for A Millionaire for Cinderella (In Love with the Boss you and them I ve already got this logged as a book to read to my grandchildrensome dayin the distant futureafter my kids graduate collegeget great jobsmeet their soulmatesand have kids that love to curl up in their grandfather s lap for a tale that may help shape the people they become RIP Richard Adams May 9th 1920 December 24th 2016If Tame A Wild Stallion you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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Librarian's note See alternate cover edition of ISBN13 9780380395866 hereSet in England's Downs a once idyllic rural landscape this stirring tale of adventure courage and 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 a wonderful book There were some sad things but I was able to get through it I loved getting lost in this world of rabbits where they talked of their fears of things they needed to get done the great camaraderie between each and every one of them They were all so brave I loved them all I had a soft spot mostly for Hazel Fiver and Bigwig I even loved Kehaar They were all so wonderful and such little hero s Even though the rabbits where going through all of these hardships I felt like I was taken back in time to a time of childhood and great things I guess it s hard to explain but I m sure some of you know what I m talking about You didn t have to read this as a child to get that feeling I would recommend this book to anyone that hasn t read it yet It will take you away to another world for a little bit of your life and it s worth it PS The movie is free to watch on Youtube I m not sure if I would let small children read or watch this movie since it s rather gory and sad things Although it s all real life It s up to you as a parent with small children FYI I was allowed to watch anything at a very young age so it s hard for me to say That ending is so bittersweet Happy Reading Mel MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List The Geography of Witchcraft years to read this book It was such a wonderful book There were some sad things but I was able to get through it I loved getting lost in this world of rabbits where they talked of their fears of things they needed to get done the great camaraderie between each and every one of them They were all so brave I loved them all I had a soft spot mostly for Hazel Fiver and Bigwig I even loved Kehaar They were all so wonderful and such little hero s Even though the rabbits where going through all of these hardships I felt like I was taken back in time to a time of childhood and great things I guess it s hard to explain but I m sure some of Hold On To Me you know what I m talking about You didn t have to read this as a child to get that feeling I would recommend this book to anyone that hasn t read it Copping It Sweet (Murphys Law yet It will take Ill Be Yours for Christmas (Harlequin Blaze, you away to another world for a little bit of Her Babys Bodyguard (Eagle Squadron your life and it s worth it PS The movie is free to watch on Youtube I m not sure if I would let small children read or watch this movie since it s rather gory and sad things Although it s all real life It s up to If Wishes Were...Daddies you as a parent with small children FYI I was allowed to watch anything at a very West of Heaven young age so it s hard for me to say That ending is so bittersweet Happy Reading Mel MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List


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

  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

  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 wo

  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 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

  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 Thous

  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 and it can r

  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 Seriously About a week ago I got to a point where I didn’t have anything else to read so there I was star

  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 peopl

  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

  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 Watership Down however I am just a little bit ambitious I would like to convince people who feel averse to reading a novel for children about rabbits to drop their preconception and give this book a chance This is not a book about cute little bunnies running around eating carrots and being adorabl

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