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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 the Mass Market Paperback edition.
"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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I don't ever post reviews for books but after reading this book I felt if I could persuade someone to read it, I was obliged to. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Chandler
Classic yet twisted book... The movie from the late 80s was great too . Can't believe I read this as a small child, no wonder I had nightmares.Published 6 months ago by Trish D
This book is very well written and is considered by most as a modern classic. It is biting social commentary that is as accurate now as it was when written. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bootsy Bass
I have been rereading Watership Down for almost 40 years and the heroism still
makes me cry. The description of the English countryside is rich and beguiling. Read more
Fabulous read that is still very relevant in today's world.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Even though i have a copy of this great book already i wanted to purchase a copy for a relative, The book was in good shape but older and have a damp musty smell to it.Published 17 months ago by GEOFFREY R BEST
I cannot put this book down! Get ready to go on an exiting adventure about loyalty and friendship! This book has something other books don't have and that is the world from the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Bookaddict
I love this book and enjoy rereading it every so often. It has been years since I last read it.Published on Aug. 17 2013 by EDITH FERGUSON