- 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: 606 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #447,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Watership Down Paperback – Aug 29 2000
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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
Top customer reviews
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.