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(Date Posted:01/27/2011 19:57)
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Book Title: Watership Down

Author: Richard Adams

Series (if part of one):  Sort of, there is another book Tales of Watership Down
Year of first publishing:
 1972ISBN-Number: ISBN-10: 0743277708 / ISBN-13: 978-0743277709

 Current Availability: in print (hard and paperback), e-reader (kindle at least) 

Genre:  Fiction

Rating: General

What made you choose this book?  I first read this book as a teenager, my parents had it.  I chose it to review because it is my favourite book.


Is this an author you read frequently?  Only the 2 books dealing with the rabbits from Watership Down


Is this a genre you read frequently? Yes


Short synopsis:  Watership Down is about a group of rabbits who leave their home warren and their struggles to establish a new warren for themselves.


From Amazon:  “Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren - he felt sure of it. So did his brother Hazel, for Fiver's sixth sense was never wrong. They had to leave immediately, and they had to persuade the other rabbits to join them. And so begins a long and perilous journey of a small band of rabbits in search of a safe home. Fiver's vision finally leads them to Watership Down, but here they face their most difficult challenge of all...Published in 1972, "Watership Down" is an epic journey, a stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival against the odds.”


Other comments:

Would you recommend this book to others?

A book about a bunch of rabbits?  Sound boring?  Sound childish?  Think again.  No it isn’t an action packed thriller that keeps your breathless waiting to see what happens next but it is an adventure story and an absorbing read.  I would highly recommend this book to others.  It is a book that you can return to time and again and each time find something new.  The rabbits all have very distinct personalities and they are a joy to get to know.

What were the high points of the book?

I think the high point of the book is that the author takes you into a world you would never have imagined and totally immerses you in it.  You really do care about the rabbits and their struggles.  He includes tales of El-ahrairah (almost but not quite a god to the rabbits) to give insight into the belief system of the rabbits.  I just find it fascinating.

Was the story engrossing? Did you want to keep reading page after page after page to see what would happen next?

The story is engrossing, I can’t remember the first time I read it but have re-read it many, many times and even though I know what is going to happen I still get caught up in the story.

Would you read another book by this author?

I have tried reading Shardik and the Plague Dogs by this author but couldn’t get into them.  Tales of Watership Down is a series of short stories basically expanding on what happens to the rabbits after the end of the book.  It was also very enjoyable.

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