Watership Down by Richard AdamsWatership Down by Richard Adams

Watership Down

byRichard Adams

Hardcover | November 1, 1996

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A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for more 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 more perfect society.

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Richard Adams was born in Bershire, England in 1920. He studied history at Bradfield and Worcester College, Oxford before serving in World War II. After the war, Adams joined the Civil Service, where he put into action the Clean Air Act and the Thames Barrage, and from which he retired in 1974 to devote himself full-time to writing. Th...
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Title:Watership DownFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.3 inPublished:November 1, 1996Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:068483605X

ISBN - 13:9780684836058

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful story for those of all ages Yes, this book is about talking rabbits. Some may say that that means it's a book you can only read when you're young, but I definitely don't agree. I read this book when I was older and I really loved it. The writing is beautiful, the lore well thought out. The heroes are lovable, the villains are interesting. Overall, even though it's about rabbits you can definitely feel the humanity within it.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic A classic read for animal lovers! Very intense at times.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ... story and characters - what an adventure these little bunnies have! a real classic
Date published: 2017-02-12
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: 2010-05-20
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: 2009-06-29
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: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book is absolutely AMAZING! A must read, you won't be disappointed!
Date published: 2008-01-12
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: 2007-12-14
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: 2006-10-21
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: 2006-08-06
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: 2006-03-13
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: 2005-12-30
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: 2005-01-07
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: 2004-06-28
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: 2004-02-10
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: 2003-07-19
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: 2002-11-05
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: 2001-02-03
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: 2000-11-12
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: 2000-10-16
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: 2000-07-24
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: 1999-12-06
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: 1999-06-01

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Editorial Reviews

To capture the feeling of the verdant English landscape in Richard Adams's "Watership Down" (Atheneum, 496 pages, $29.99), first published in 1972, Aldo Galli painted in the real locations described in the story. In his finely wrought illustrations, the rabbits Hazel and Pipkin crouch beside the real Nuthanger Farm and Hazel, Bigwig and Fiver make their way across the real Hampshire downs. Mr. Galli brings a sense of intensified realism to his depictions in this 40th anniversary edition. Foliage is luxuriantly, impossibly green, and the edges of things—the feathers of birds, the fluff of dandelions—look as sharp as if they were cut from glass. As a gift, this edition would suit anyone over the age of 10, including adults.