Watership Down
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Watership Down
Richard Adams
Literature
Aug 27, 2018
One of the most phenomenal international bestsellers of the 1970s, Watership Down is an immersive saga that traverses great themes and feelings—courage, frailty, community, ecology, responsibility, friendship, love—while holding readers on the edge of their metaphorical seats. And oh, yes—it’s a 500-page novel about rabbits. The novel relates the exploits of a small band of unsure but intrepid rabbits who, under threat from encroaching human development, leave their familiar warren and set out across the English Downs in search of a new home. The characters of the rabbit protagonists are convincingly drawn, and the sweep of the action that carries them through encounters with predators, unfriendly terrain, and bad weather—to say nothing of fear, fatigue, despair, and other dangerous states of body and mind—is irresistible.
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Oct 28, 2018
This book made me sob, ugly cry and everything inbetween. I think teenagers should be forced to read it because it develops compassion.
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Oct 28, 2018
This is a truely original book, and beautifully written.
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Oct 28, 2018
Engrossing human-animal story, akin to Charlotte's Web and Animal Farm
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Oct 30, 2018
It has been over thirty years since I read Watership Down... and high time I re-read it. As another poster said, it teChes kindness and compassion. Plus it has given me one if my favorite words: tharn. Kind of like Grok. Both great words that embody so much.
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Nov 21, 2018
I loved this book. It's original, funny, and heartbreaking.
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This was a set book for English at school and suffered the fate of being sliced up and analysed, so that it lost its life.
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since I first read this when I was much younger, I remember never having thought about life from another creature's perspective in the past. Of course there are so many deep levels to this wondrous book, but I will never forget my first exposure to it.
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I loved it and it is also my daughter’s favorite book.
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Read it, loved it.
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Although I hate rabbits (they are considered vermin in Australia and have done massive damage to the environment), the story is gripping and entertaining.
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Watership Down has been a favorite of mine since my Dad read it aloud to me when I was perhaps 5 or 6. It stands up to multiple readings!
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Feb 22
A book that I’ll never forget.
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Creates a plausible and exciting world, complete with its own mythology, tucked into a corner of our world.
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Because my mother has been a reading teacher since my brother and I were born, I can't remember a time when I wasn't interested in reading. I would be surprised if we each weren't read to within the first 48 hours of being born. This book means a lot to me because my mother didn't actually recommend this book, but my dad. This was my dad's favorite book, so I read it fairly young. I think this was the first book that I fell in love with.
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Not really a kid's book
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A tremendous adventure story with surprising horror, heart, and depth inside.
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Mar 28
Good
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liked the story
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Apr 27
Not just a book about rabbits
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The first book I ever read from the point of view of animals. Real animals with real world issues, as opposed to childhood stories. I guess I really didn’t think it could be done, and the result fascinated me!
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Absolutely love this book, well worth the read
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While I certainly don't regret reading it, I would never read it again. Too dark.
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An amazing read.
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Jun 2
My son loves this story and it has archetypal characters.
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I read this as a boy and it has somehow stayed with me - particularly the atmosphere of the book.
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