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  • Published: New York : Macmillan, c1972.
  • Year Published: 1972
  • Description: ix, 429 p. : map ; 24 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • Lexile: 880

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 0881030856 :
  • 068483605X :
  • 0380002930 :
  • 0380004283 :
  • 0027000303

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Watership Down

by Adams, Richard, 1920- .

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Call number: Y Fiction

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Chronicles the adventures of a group of rabbits searching for a safe place to establish a new warren where they can live in peace.

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A Good Book

Really interesting Rabbit culture, stories, customs. The movie is pretty stupid, but the book is great.

A True Classic

This book is amazing in the way social and political themes are there if you want them, but if you don't (I don't), it's a terrific epic of a band of rabbits who journey forth to escape the destruction of their home. The author has brilliantly given each and every rabbit a complete and distinct personality. Rabbit, or Lapine, culture has a moving kind of folk-spirituality (with trickster rabbit hero El-ahrairah). They also have a language, a counting system (up to four, then a word for "a lot") and wisdom that, through Richard Adams artistry, becomes believable.
I couldn't put it down as I neared the thrilling and satisfying climax.
This is one of my very favorite books.

Glad I gave it a second chance

I originally read Watership Down when I was in middle school or high school, and I have remembered being a little put out by it. I had been resisting the idea of re-reading it, because of my previous experiment. I'm glad that I did decide to give it a second chance. I won't be putting it in my top lists of anything, but it was a good read. I enjoyed the world building and characterization of the rabbits. They weren't anthropomorphic rabbits, which is something you tend run into in the genre.

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