Watership Down

Watership Down Watership Down is the compelling tale of a group of wild rabbits struggling to hold onto their place in the world soon to be a BBC and Netflix animated miniseries starring James McAvoy Nicholas Hoult

  • Title: Watership Down
  • Author: RichardAdams
  • ISBN: 9780684836058
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Watership Down is the compelling tale of a group of wild rabbits struggling to hold onto their place in the world soon to be a BBC and Netflix animated miniseries starring James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, and Oscar and Grammy award winning Sir Ben Kingsley.A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for than forty years, Richard Adams s Watership Down is a timeless classic and oneWatership Down is the compelling tale of a group of wild rabbits struggling to hold onto their place in the world soon to be a BBC and Netflix animated miniseries starring James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, and Oscar and Grammy award winning Sir Ben Kingsley.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 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 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 society.

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    1. 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 A&E about WWII naval battles so I couldn't WAIT to read Watership Down! I love sea stories, "man overboard!" and "off the port bow!" and "aye aye cap'n!" all that stuff so I pulled my hat down an [...]

    2. The premise of “Watership Down” may sound ridiculous. To put it simply: it's the story of a bunch of rabbits who leave their comfortable (but doomed) home,and try to make a new and better one, a couple of square miles away. It should be ridiculous. Come on -- bunnies?! Oh, but it’s not ridiculous at all! It is epic! Distance, as we measure it, is irrelevant. What a human (arrogant lord of the earth) traverses without a thought in just a few strides, is a vast and terror-filled expanse to a [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 reach moments of depth and profundity that the movie of the same title does not even begin to hint at. I was actually introduced to this book in one of the bes [...]

    6. "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 destroyed."When 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. The [...]

    7. 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, staring pensively at my obese bookshelf, thinking about reading Lord of the Rings for the 12th time, when I noticed Watership Down poking its cute little bunny f [...]

    8. 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 more 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 adorable 24/7. This is one of the most badass books I have ever read, and I [...]

    9. 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 i [...]

    10. 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.This is my all time favorite book.ough some of my love for this book may be an emotional attachment to the time in my life when it was read for the first time. Before this book, my parents used to read to me at bedtime on my ownElo [...]

    11. I read this book an age ago. Maybe 40 years ago the first time.Lots 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 examples.Obviously *some* level of making the animals human is required. I suspect a rabbit's true inner monologue would be rather dull even if it could [...]

    12. I think there are generally two classes of people when it comes to this book: those who see beyond the surface and love it, and those who just don't get it and wonder how anyone can praise a silly book about talking rabbits.Given my rating of it, I obviously fall into the former group. On the surface this is an engaging tale about a group of outcast rabbits who leave their warren at the promptings of one of their fellows who is able to foresee a great catastrophe on the horizon. Their adventures [...]

    13. I remember when Watership Down was first published in 1972. It was a novel by an unknown English author, Richard Adams. All of a sudden the book Watership Down was absolutely everywhere and people were reading it on buses, trains, park benches — all over the place. It captured everybody's imagination. Six years later the animated film came out, and it all happened all over again! If, glancing at the cover, you asked any of those readers "Is this a book about rabbits?" the answer would be a hes [...]

    14. REVISION:DAMN YOU, 2016, STOP THE MADNESS!!!watership-down/2016/12/27* * * * * *ORIGINAL:DAMN YOU, WATERSHIP DOWN, STOP MAKING ME CRY!!!When I was in school, the teachers played the movie version (the one with Art Garfunkel songs, Zero Mostel as the bird, and a bevy of well-respected English actors providing voice-overs) of this epic drama of courageous rabbits and us kids just bawled. The sadness, she was too much!It's been 30, maybe 35 years on since then and I figured, despite the tears, I ha [...]

    15. It's got nothing much to do with this book, but I want to tell my rabbit story. Feel free to disbelieve me if you must, but it's actually true. I know the person it happened to quite well, though I have changed names and other particulars in order to protect the innocent and not-so-innocent.So, many years ago, my friend (let's call her Mary) used to have a dog (let's call him Rover). She lived next door to a family whose five year old girl (let's call her Anna) had a rabbit (let's call him Fluff [...]

    16. Every conversation I have ever had about this book:Me: "Really? You haven't read Watership Down?!'You: "Nope"Me: "Read it! It's beautiful! A work of touching, thoughtful genius!"You: "What's it about?"Me: "Never mind that, it's a stunning book. Just read it. You'll love it."You: "So it's a naval theme then? Like a Das Boot-y book? Or a Titanic style story?"Me: "Well no, its more, well, it's based on land. In England. Seriously though, Richard Adams is a hell of a storyteller."You: "Oh! OK, so a [...]

    17. There is an ongoing discussion on about whether or not your friends' opinions of books influences your own when writing reviews.  Prior to this book, I would have said not really.  Possibly because many of my friends have similar tastes in books.  With Watership Down, my first instinct was to assail this book.  Mock it mercilessly!  But in my long list of friends, the question seemed to be "Is it a great book or is it the best book ever!?!"  Now this will not be a favorite for me, but it [...]

    18. "We do not take moonlight for granted. It is like snow, or like the dew on a July morning. It does not reveal but changes what it covers. And its low intensity---so much lower than that of daylight---makes us conscious that it is something added to the down, to give it, for only a little time, a singular and marvelous quality that we should admire while we can, for soon it will be gone again."Watership Down follows the story of a group of rabbits who are in search of a new home after they escape [...]

    19. "I announce with trembling pleasure the appearance of a great story."In 1972, an unknown British novelist named Richard Adams published his debut novel with a rather misleading title, Watership Down. After being rejected 13 times by various publisher it was finally accepted by Rex Collings, a one-man company which worked on a shoestring and couldn't pay Adams any advance, but had important connections in the London literary scene and made sure that it was read by everyone who mattered. Rex Colli [...]

    20. Actually, I do not give this book a 5. It is worth much more! This book is a classic for a reason. Read it, buy it, read it to your children, give it to your children Seriously, if you have not read this book yet, READ IT NOW. It is about rabbits. It is also about bravery, warlords, leadership, sacrifice, adventures, spies, friendship, rescue missions and so much more. This is not the first time I've read this book and it certainly won't be the last. Don't miss out on this stunning adventure!ETA [...]

    21. Watership Down is a modern classic that has sold over 50 million copies worldwide.Watership Down is my 3rd favorite book of all time behindGone with the Wind andIn a Dark Wood Wandering: A Novel of the Middle Ages I've tremendously enjoyed re-reading this wonderful book again.Author Richard Adams love of nature and knowledge of English flora and fauna made it so easy to enter the imaginary world of WD to the point of even being able to sniff the flowers and enjoy the scenery.The delightful and c [...]

    22. 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 leave their warren when one of them, Fiver, who has second sight, has visions of a disaster to come. They have various adventures along the way to a new home on the top of Watership Down, then more adventures as they somew [...]

    23. I'm 100 pages in, and this book is as boring as they come. So many indistinguishable rabbits hopping around eating various types of green things in the ground. I try to read on it during my lunch break, but I find that I'd always rather do anything than start back on this book. Is it a rule that classics have to be boring? Do books become classics because they are boring and someone has decided that it's a mark of high class to read boring books? Oh, god, please let this book get better since th [...]

    24. Onvan : Watership Down (Watership Down, #1) - Nevisande : Richard Adams - ISBN : 038039586X - ISBN13 : 9780380395866 - Dar 478 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1972

    25. I had started this before but shelved it for more than 8 years! Worth the wait?Now, without that adolescent sense of awe, I do not share Donnie Darko's fascination with it (though Joy Division for sure will never go out of style). Yes, because I associate it with my formative (hellish) years, I think I made a bigger deal about getting through this than I should have. In reality, it is actually a Tolkienesque experiment personifying rabbits. As a reader you feel for the critters & their warre [...]

    26. When I was very young I was taken to see this movie that my parents probably thought would have cute, comical bunnies in it. Thusly I was exposed to disturbing images of fields of blood, extreme bunny-bunny violence and weird, floaty and somehow scary black rabbitsere was also an alarmingly bad song called Bright Eyes. The whole thing was incomprehensible and scary and I didn't like it. And the song was everywhere for weeksZillions of years later the scars have healed and I eventually get round [...]

    27. Masterful and enchanting, a timeless classic of children’s literature likely to be rewarding for most humans of the biped variety. I always avoided it, thinking why read some cutesy tale about goddam wimpy rabbits when I could have a glorious adventure with “The Lord of the Rings”, fight the evil French with Captain Horatio Hornblower, or be a space cadet in a Heinlein tale. Who could imagine that such fearful little vegetarian critters could work together under the right leaders to conque [...]

    28. Watership Down is not a children's book. It's a everyman's book. Every animal, too. (Anyone with a pulse and a beating heart that gives a shit about what is around them.) There's a lovely intro in a newer edition about how he "wrote" it with his children (the stories started out a spur-of-the-moment thing when prompted to tell them a story). It's meant to be interactive in a makes you think and makes you feel way. I certainly lose myself in this world whenever I reread (it's funny how quickly I [...]

    29. How did I miss reading this book before now? Watership Down was enchanting! The robust character development and beautiful prose drew me in. I could deeply feel the struggles and fear endured by these lovely creatures as the story progressed. Hazel and his pal, Fiver, are not on the inside track of their community. Fiver has visions, while other rabbits find him odd and his behavior distinctly off-putting. One day, Fiver has a strong visualization of a great danger coming to their little corner [...]

    30. It was the summer of 1986 when, rumaging through the long unused bedrooms of my grandfather's house, I stumbled upon the book Watership Down. At twelve, I was at that wonderful age when any book was a source of fascination rather than embarrassment, and so I sat upon my uncle's old bed and, in the dusty sunlight streaming through the window, began to read a book which would stay with me years later.Fiver, a small and nervous rabbit, is plaugued by visions of the coming destruction of Sandleford [...]

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