- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Puffin (Aug. 29 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140306013
- ISBN-13: 978-0140306019
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 608 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #497,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Watership Down Paperback – Aug 29 2000
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Exquisite... a treasured keepsake for those whose original version has become tattered, and a delightful introduction to a new generation The View magazine 'This new edition is quite spectacular' Bill Heine, BBC Radio Oxford 'Watership Down is stunning, compulsive reading.' -- Sunday Times 'A great book. A whole world is created, perfectly real in itself, yet constituting a deep incidental comment on human affairs.' -- Guardian 'This beautifully written and intensely moving story is the work of an extraordinary imagination.' -- Sunday Telegraph 'An impressive, immensely readable story, held together over 400 pages by a powerful imagination that soon forbids disbelief.' -- New Statesman 'A gripping story of rebellion in a rabbit warren and the subsequent adventures of the rebels. Adams has a poetic eye and a gift for storytelling which will speak to readers of all ages for many years to come.' -- Sunday Times 'A masterpiece. The best story about wild animals since The Wind in the Willows. Very funny, exciting, often moving.' -- Evening Standard 'This lovely, lovely novel will join those classics which preserve the simpler joys... and there is the wonder of the English countryside, seen with the ground-level detail of a rabbit's eye and ear and nose, the scent and savour of short, sweet grass, the aromatic tiny wild plants, their names used like charms.' -- Monica Dickens 'Quite marvelous... A powerful new vision of the great chain of being.' -- New York Times Book Review 'A classic... A great book.' -- Los Angeles Times 'Spellbinding...Marvelous...A taut tale of suspense, hot pursuit and derring-do.' -- Chicago Tribune --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Richard Adams grew up in Berkshire, the son of a country doctor. After an education at Oxford, he spent six years in the army and then went into the Civil Service. He originally began telling the story of Watership Down to his two daughters and they insisted he publish it as a book. It quickly became a huge success with both children and adults, and won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal in 1972. Richard Adams has written many novels and short stories, including Shardik and The Plague Dogs.See all Product description
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It's a long book. You need to have some sort of attention span to read it. Which is why so many high school students dislike it when forced to read it.
It's "about" rabbits. They talk. If you can't get over that, skip this book. There are made up words too. Oh the horror. It is in part a fantasy. If that genre repulses you, skip this book.
That's part of the reason so many people loved this book as young kids. If you know a child who's not too easily scared (because some of the book is dark) they'll love it for the pure fantasy elements of it, though they might need it read to them if they're really young.
It's great on so many other levels too. I first read it the summer before freshmen year (yes, it was required for school). And each time I've read it since I have gotten more out of it. It's a moving story, a fanciful adventure, an allegorical tale, and more, all in one.
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