Watership Down

by Richard Adams

Penguin UK (PB) | January 1, 1973 | Trade Paperback

Watership Down is rated 4.7419 out of 5 by 31.

One of Britain’s best-loved novels, Watership Down has achieved near-classic status.

A group of rabbits reluctantly abandon their home warren when one of them, Fiver, who has second sight, predicts a terrible disaster. Many exciting, often terrifying adventures follow as the resourceful band, led by Hazel, embark on their epic journey in search of a new home.

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: January 1, 1973

Publisher: Penguin UK (PB)

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140039589

ISBN - 13: 9780140039580

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating and survives the test of time I first read Watership Down as a child many years ago and just finished reading it to my 8 year old. There were many times that neither of us wanted to put it down. Many reviewers will say that it is not a child's book. And perhaps it isn't. It is complex, there is some violence and some of the comparisons with human societies would be lost on a child. And that is all true, but above all it is still a rollicking good story from beginning to end that will delight both older children and adults alike. A true classic that stands the test of time. A huge two thumbs up (actually 4 thumbs, if you count my son's!).
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it for what it was. Fiver is the runt of a litter of rabbits, but he has “feelings” about things; he thinks he knows things. He think that his warren (where the group of rabbits that he was born into and lives with) is in trouble, only his brother Hazel will believe him. Fiver believes they have to leave. Hazel and a few other rabbits decide to go, so they must fin someplace else to live and survive. I really liked it. It took a little bit to get going (though not long), but once it did, it kept building and building and getting better and better. I often didn’t want to put the book down. I just wanted to keep reading. I didn’t look for any deeper meaning into the story; I just really enjoyed it for what it was.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Absorbing Classic I first read Richard Adams classic bunny tale in my early 20s, being a woman who grew up backwards. I was moved. I read it again when my childen were little. I was moved. I read it again to celebrate turning 50 and I was still moved. Why? The writing is fluid, captivating. The characterization attempts very much, while slipping into human traits, to reflect rabbit culture and habits. Most of all the story is a classic struggle between good and evil, oppressor and the oppressed, the triumph of the underdog, or rabbit, in this case. If you haven't read Watership Down you should. If you have, you should go back and read it again.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Cautionary Tale Next to George Orwell's "Animal Farm", this novel ranks as the greatest allegorical tale of survival against the oppressive forces of Facism. There is a slow simmering brutality to this cautionary tale of rabbits forced to leave their warren. It is also a great story of hope, love, friendship and the power of family. And as a footnote to parents of younger children, there is an excellent animated film of this novel that requires serious parental discretion. Don't be fooled into thinking that this is a Disney-like movie about bunnies. The final scenes are a graphic blood bath NOT suitable for any younger, sensitive child. Be warned !
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book is absolutely AMAZING! A must read, you won't be disappointed!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good read I just finished this book, when i first started it i couldn't put it down as it neared to the end it got a little boring BUT overall its a very good story and i wouldn't call it a children's book either.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best....Book........Ever!!! I first read Watership Down when I was 12, and its been my all time favorite book for 18 years!! Richard Adams makes you fall in love with the rabbits and you just can't put it down!!! i would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good page turner!!!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless Classic to be read to pet Rabbits Watership Down is an excellent novel that would likely appeal to readers of any age, rabbit lovers especially. If you don't love animals already, Watership Down will certainly make you more sensitive towards what man has done to their environment. It is a moving story, with stories within it that the rabbits tell mirroring their own adventures. Most novels attempt to have the reader feel sympathetic and hopeful towards the main character; with ten or more protagonists with the innocence of a rabbit , you'll find yourself attached to these characters and in love with this book.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ my favorite book of all time, just read it for the 6th time! i never get tired of reading this one!!!!! it got so worn from my dad and i, i had 2 buy another copy!!!!gotta readit 2 believe it!!!!!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of best 10 reads I've ever had!! Definitely NOT a children's book. This is a wonderful and engrossing read. Can be accessed on many levels. Not to be missed!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unbelievable Well I have to give it 4 only for one simple reason otherwise it would be a perfect 5, the stories that the rabbits would tell about the Black rabbit of Inle and Elahairah etc... they were a litte too long for me to handle so that took away a bit from my review, they were great stories but I think they could have been shortened a bit to make it more not boring. But as far as the main story about the journey that these rabbits went on to escape their home warren and find a new one was just amazing and I loved all the detail that was put into everything, Adams just didn't simply tell what was happening he described everything that they were talking about instead of just letting the rabbits say something and leave it up to us to asume, which was truly amazing. I definetely recrommend this book.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Story Watership Down is one of the rare instances in which a children's book is equally relevant and readable for adult audiences; I cannot recommend it highly enough. It reads as an exodus story with many political, social, and religious overtones - but none are gratuitous, moralistic, or obvious. My favourite part of the book is Adams' excellent grasp on mythology and folklore; his rabbit tales within the story are all beautifully crafted and a joy to read. Thankfully Adams avoids being overly cute, and instead presents us with a remarkable and poignant tale.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! This book is beautifully written and has a great story line. Even a person who doesn't like rabbits will enjoy this book. This book is just purely amazing!!!!!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from purely genius The rabbits go through challenges and trials that only a rabbit could possibly face, and yet they display emotions and reasoning that only a human could possibly have. This is an excellent book for any person. To Melanie from Ottawa: Adams swore this is only a book for children. But if one reads it, one can tell that he says that only so that his book is simply enjoyed as children would do and not completely analyzed as adults would do. I felt myself getting absorbed through all of their detailed adventures. The way Adams displays the world of the bunnies completely steals one away from this world. IT IS AMAZING! Read it once to enjoy, and read it again to catch all the fine details and symbolism and parallelism in the book. Even the names of the characters have meaning. IT IS AMAZING! Do not miss this book! I have read a lot of books in my life, and THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST BOOK I have ever read.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Branded a children's book, but it's far from it. Watership Down is the adventure of a group of rabbits, fleeing the destruction of their warren. It tells the tale of their journey, to find another home and all that lies ahead on the winding road. This book is strongly reccomended for adult readers, due to its strong political themes and violence. Once you open it, you won't stop till it's done. A modern classic, for all to treasure.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent story This is an excellent story that has come to be known as a children's classic . This book is not limited to the young, and will eventually break free of this classification. I strongly encourage everyone to read this book. A riveting read for people of all ages!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rabbit Magic From the minute I began to read it, Watership Down captured my heart and mind. I never wanted to put it down, and would even dream of Fiver and Hazel when I went to sleep at night. The bunny's took on a magical life of their own. It was great to read a book that had an animal view on the world we consider to be ours. I recommend this 100%.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Great After 7 Times!! I first read this story when I was quite young. Now at the age of 31 I think I have read it about 7 times. It is a book full of adventure, love and death. I can't wait to dog ear my hard copy while reading it to my son. Also if you would like to know a movie was made of Watership Down that follows the story fairly accuratly. It is a cartoon (drawn well).
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Watership Down An amazing book! I am, however, surprised by its classification as a children's book. This is required reading for adults. Wonderfully rich in plot and character development, it also carries a powerful message. We will never look at another construction site the same way again. Every time we tear up grassland, we are killing rabbits and other animals. I hope this book will make us more cognizant of the needs of other species who depend on this planet as much as we do.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from TOO LONG-TOO BORING W.D-Was a pretty bad book if you ask me. It is about silly talking rabbits! I had to read it last year in school and was bored out of my mind with Efrafa and El-Airah. I guess W.D isn't my type of book!
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impossible To Put Down! Just when you think everything is going to be fine, another disaster strikes, but I assure you this is a good-feeling-happy-ending-story!
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High adventure...low to the ground Adams' fantasy masterpiece - far too intense (and violent) to be considered a children's story, no matter how it may be packaged. There's a distinct lack of adorable-bunny-ness on offer here; these are desperate wild animals using their courage and wits to survive. Their struggle has all the dramatic sweep of the true old-fashioned quest - a wonderfully entire lapine world, language, mythology and all, out of what would seem to be very unlikely material. Essential for thoughtful fantasy and nature-story fans...from age 13 up.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kick ASS BOOK! I read this book at a very young age and I have loved it ever since. This book is an allegory to Hilters acts in world war 2. I like the fact that it has its own language to the novel as well as deep characters.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from not just for kids I first read this at twelve years old, and enjoyed it very much as an adventure story about rabbits. I read it again at twenty-seven years old and found a lot more going on. It sits beside Tolkien's the Lord of the Rings trilogy on my bookshelf.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from timeless classic my copy of watership down is worn and tattered, its pages falling out. its condition is testimony to how many times i've read and enjoyed it. watership down works on many levels; when i read it at the age of 10 or so, it was a charming children's novel (albeit a long one) about a group of wandering rabbits in search of a home. beautifully written and wonderfully detailed, the tale was full of the sun and wind and grasses. now, a dozen years later, it is a serious commentary on human society and different social structures. for more than a decade, it remains one of my favourite books, adapting to my reading moods, ranging from light fluff to an analysis of society. i recommend this to everyone of any age!
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too Much! I sort of like this book because I believe animals shouldn't be harmed by humans, so the portrayal of these rabbits as victims of human's actions touched me. However, this book was aimed at children and at 400+ pages is much too long. The author drags the rabbit's adventures out too long; this book would have been more effective if Adams would have shortened his epic into a shorter story.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my first! Since this was my first novel it took longer than most of the novels i read. yet i would bring it everywhere i went, hoping that i could slip in some reading!i finally finished it, and was AMAZED at how well it was written!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book I've ever read!! Watership Down is my favorite book of all time! I read it for the first time and couldn't put it down. Soon after I finnished, I read (and just loved!) Tales From Watership Down. Then, after I was done both books, I felt kind of, well, empty. So I read Watership Down a second time and finnished it within a week! I strongly recommend this book to any animal lovers out there!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Watership Way Up This is a fantastic book for anyone who likes a good adventure story. It is all about a rabbit who goes on a journey. Anyone who likes this book should defintely read the book Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams, both great additives to anyones personal collection!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Watership Down A classic tale that sounds so simple upon first glance - a tale about bunnies. However, its journey into the psychology of the rabbits comes across as rich as Animal Farm. Often thought to be a children's tale, it is in reality a disturbing story, fraught with death, blood, and danger. From its captivating mythologies of the hares to its wonderful interplay of characters, this novel is most likely sitting unnoticed on store shelves, which is truly a shame. It's a quality story, and deserves a read.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Undoubtedly the best!! I absolutely loved this book! From the moment I started to read it, I was entirely engrossed. I just couldn't put it down! It's 400+ pages are nothing compared to the adventures and conquests related. This treasure is undoubtedly the best book ever written.
Date published: 2013-10-24

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Watership Down

by Richard Adams

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: January 1, 1973

Publisher: Penguin UK (PB)

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140039589

ISBN - 13: 9780140039580

From the Jacket

One of Britain’s best-loved novels, Watership Down has achieved near-classic status.

A group of rabbits reluctantly abandon their home warren when one of them, Fiver, who has second sight, predicts a terrible disaster. Many exciting, often terrifying adventures follow as the resourceful band, led by Hazel, embark on their epic journey in search of a new home.

About the Author

One of Britain’s best-loved novels, Watership Down has achieved near-classic status.

A group of rabbits reluctantly abandon their home warren when one of them, Fiver, who has second sight, predicts a terrible disaster. Many exciting, often terrifying adventures follow as the resourceful band, led by Hazel, embark on their epic journey in search of a new home.

From Our Editors

Richard Adams appealed to readers of all ages when he introduced this extraordinary tale of rabbit rebellion to the world. Set in a Berkshire rabbit warren, Watership Down is the epic story of a group of rabbits on flight from their home as human developers set about destroying it. A richly textured adventure filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, this novel is a true classic that should not be missed.
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