Watership Down (Watership Down, #1) by Richard Adams

Watership Down (Watership Down, #1)

Librarian's note: See alternate cover edition of ISBN13 9780380395866 here.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 friends, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predato...


Details Watership Down (Watership Down, #1)

TitleWatership Down (Watership Down, #1)
ISBN9780380395866
Author
Release DateJun 1st, 1975
PublisherAvon Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreClassics, Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Animals
Rating

Reviews Watership Down (Watership Down, #1)

  • Rico Suave
    2007-07-13
    oh man, this book totally tricked me! I got a bad haircut one day so I needed to lay low for a few weeks ("Supercuts", my ass! Liars!). I called two of my hardest, most straight-up thug homies (Zachary and Dustin) to bring me some of their books and this was one of them. I had just watched a show on A&E about WWII naval battles so I couldn't WAIT to read Watership Down! I love sea stories, "man overboard!" and "off the port bow!" and "aye aye cap...
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    2015-03-27
    I don’t give a shit what Richard Adams says about his book because it simply isn’t true. According to him, in the preface of my edition, this is just a story about rabbits. Its intended purpose was to entertain his children in the car, that’s fair enough, but he also says there is no intentional allegorical meaning whatsoever. I find this hard to believe. The allegories in here are rich and meaningful. They don’t just allude to simple pro...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    2015-07-19
    Slowly watching the new Netflix show! Don’t want to cry too much at once! Re-read on audio is great. Still truly wonderful & sad. OMG! I can't believe it has taken me all of these years to read this book! It was such a wonderful book. There were some sad things, but I was able to get through it. I loved getting lost in this world of rabbits, where they talked of their fears, of things they needed to get done, the great camaraderie between each ...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    2012-06-23
    "El-ahrairah, your people cannot rule the world, for I will not have it so. All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed."When Fiver, a seer, is overcome with a vivid dream of mass destruction. He tries to convince the ra...
  • John
    2007-09-01
    Ok, so it's a book about a bunch of rabbits traveling through a small stretch of English countryside. As such, it doesn't seem like something that would appeal to anyone but a preteen. But the fact of the matter is this is a great story, full of rich characters, a deep (if occasionally erroneous) understanding of things lapine, and it can reach moments of depth and profundity that the movie of the same title does not even begin to hint at. I was ...
  • Mark Lawrence
    2011-03-20
    I read this book an age ago. Maybe 40 years ago the first time.Lots of authors have written animal stories but they tend to be cute little tales where the level of anthropomorphism is such that the rabbits or whatever are practically, or literally, wearing waistcoats and top hats. We only need to look to Wind in the Willows or Beatrix Potter for examples.Obviously *some* level of making the animals human is required. I suspect a rabbit's true inn...
  • Lyndz
    2012-03-17
    I started this book about 2 months ago, got through the first 10 pages or so and I was not interested in continuing. I put it down. In all honesty, it seemed like it was going to be too babyish for me. I mean come on, bunnies though? Seriously? About a week ago I got to a point where I didn’t have anything else to read so there I was, staring pensively at my obese bookshelf, thinking about reading Lord of the Rings for the 12th time, when I not...
  • Apatt
    2011-08-29
    Most reviews I write just for the hell of it, for my own records and if some people like them I am just happy as a lark. For Watership Down however, I am just a little bit more ambitious. I would like to convince people who feel averse to reading a novel for children about rabbits to drop their preconception and give this book a chance. This is not a book about cute little bunnies running around eating carrots and being adorable 24/7. This is one...
  • Nataliya
    2010-05-02
    In memory of Richard Adams (1920 - 2016):-------Some books have an amazingly unexplainable ability to transcend the purpose of their creation and take a leap into being an instant timeless classic. “All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you; digger, listener, runner, Prince with the swift warning. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will...
  • Bionic Jean
    2013-06-26
    I remember when Watership Down was first published in 1972. It was a novel by an unknown English author, Richard Adams. All of a sudden the book Watership Down was absolutely everywhere and people were reading it on buses, trains, park benches — all over the place. It captured everybody's imagination. Six years later the animated film came out, and it all happened all over again! If, glancing at the cover, you asked any of those readers "Is thi...
  • Delee
    2013-01-03
    All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you; digger, listener, runner, Prince with the swift warning. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed.This is my all time favorite book...although some of my love for this book may be an emotional attachment to the time in my life when it was read for the first time. Before this boo...
  • Terry
    2008-07-15
    I think there are generally two classes of people when it comes to this book: those who see beyond the surface and love it, and those who just don't get it and wonder how anyone can praise a silly book about talking rabbits.Given my rating of it, I obviously fall into the former group. On the surface this is an engaging tale about a group of outcast rabbits who leave their warren at the promptings of one of their fellows who is able to foresee a ...
  • Michelle
    2017-05-28
    The premise of “Watership Down” may sound ridiculous. To put it simply: it's the story of a bunch of rabbits who leave their comfortable (but doomed) home,and try to make a new and better one, a couple of square miles away. It should be ridiculous. Come on -- bunnies?! Oh, but it’s not ridiculous at all! It is epic! Distance, as we measure it, is irrelevant. What a human (arrogant lord of the earth) traverses without a thought in just a few...
  • Jason Koivu
    2011-08-27
    REVISION:DAMN YOU, 2016, STOP THE MADNESS!!!https://watership-down.com/2016/12/27...* * * * * *ORIGINAL:DAMN YOU, WATERSHIP DOWN, STOP MAKING ME CRY!!!When I was in school, the teachers played the movie version (the one with Art Garfunkel songs, Zero Mostel as the bird, and a bevy of well-respected English actors providing voice-overs) of this epic drama of courageous rabbits and us kids just bawled. The sadness, she was too much!It's been 30, ma...
  • Manny
    2008-12-20
    It's got nothing much to do with this book, but I want to tell my rabbit story. Feel free to disbelieve me if you must, but it's actually true. I know the person it happened to quite well, though I have changed names and other particulars in order to protect the innocent and not-so-innocent.So, many years ago, my friend (let's call her Mary) used to have a dog (let's call him Rover). She lived next door to a family whose five year old girl (let's...
  • Scott
    2014-12-09
    Every conversation I have ever had about this book:Me: "Really? You haven't read Watership Down?!'You: "Nope"Me: "Read it! It's beautiful! A work of touching, thoughtful genius!"You: "What's it about?"Me: "Never mind that, it's a stunning book. Just read it. You'll love it."You: "So it's a naval theme then? Like a Das Boot-y book? Or a Titanic style story?"Me: "Well... no, its more, well, it's based on land. In England. Seriously though, Richard ...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2013-03-08
    Watership Down is a classic fantasy novel, written in 1972, that originated in stories told by Richard Adams to his daughters on long car drives. It's kind of a pastoral fantasy, based on anthropomorphized rabbits, who have an elaborate if primitive society. A group of rabbits leave their warren when one of them, Fiver, who has second sight, has visions of a disaster to come. They have various adventures along the way to a new home on the top of ...
  • Monica
    2017-03-28
    There is an ongoing discussion on goodreads about whether or not your friends' opinions of books influences your own when writing reviews.  Prior to this book, I would have said not really.  Possibly because many of my friends have similar tastes in books.  With Watership Down, my first instinct was to assail this book.  Mock it mercilessly!  But in my long list of friends, the question seemed to be "Is it a great book or is it the best book...
  • Johann (jobis89)
    2018-02-20
    "We do not take moonlight for granted. It is like snow, or like the dew on a July morning. It does not reveal but changes what it covers. And its low intensity---so much lower than that of daylight---makes us conscious that it is something added to the down, to give it, for only a little time, a singular and marvelous quality that we should admire while we can, for soon it will be gone again."Watership Down follows the story of a group of rabbits...
  • Maciek
    2013-07-04
    "I announce with trembling pleasure the appearance of a great story." In 1972, an unknown British novelist named Richard Adams published his debut novel with a rather misleading title, Watership Down. After being rejected 13 times by various publisher it was finally accepted by Rex Collings, a one-man company which worked on a shoestring and couldn't pay Adams any advance, but had important connections in the London literary scene and made sure t...
  • Fabian
    2010-02-04
    I had started this before but shelved it for more than EIGHT years! Worth the wait?Now, without that adolescent sense of awe, I do not share Donnie Darko's fascination with it (though Joy Division for sure will never go out of style). Yes, because I associate it with my formative (hellish) years, I think I made a bigger deal about getting through this than I should have. In reality, it is actually a sorta Tolkienesque experiment personifying rabb...
  • ``Laurie Henderson
    2013-03-16
    Watership Down is a modern classic that has sold over 50 million copies worldwide.Watership Down is my 3rd favorite book of all time behindGone with the Wind andIn a Dark Wood Wandering: A Novel of the Middle Ages I've tremendously enjoyed re-reading this wonderful book again.Author Richard Adams love of nature and knowledge of English flora and fauna made it so easy to enter the imaginary world of WD to the point of even being able to sniff the ...
  • Carmen
    2013-11-06
    Actually, I do not give this book a 5. It is worth much more! This book is a classic for a reason. Read it, buy it, read it to your children, give it to your children... Seriously, if you have not read this book yet, READ IT NOW. It is about rabbits. It is also about bravery, warlords, leadership, sacrifice, adventures, spies, friendship, rescue missions and so much more. This is not the first time I've read this book and it certainly won't be th...
  • Amy
    2007-10-21
    I'm 100 pages in, and this book is as boring as they come. So many indistinguishable rabbits hopping around eating various types of green things in the ground. I try to read on it during my lunch break, but I find that I'd always rather do anything than start back on this book. Is it a rule that classics have to be boring? Do books become classics because they are boring and someone has decided that it's a mark of high class to read boring books?...
  • Robert
    2008-08-21
    When I was very young I was taken to see this movie that my parents probably thought would have cute, comical bunnies in it. Thusly I was exposed to disturbing images of fields of blood, extreme bunny-bunny violence and weird, floaty and somehow scary black rabbits...there was also an alarmingly bad song called Bright Eyes. The whole thing was incomprehensible and scary and I didn't like it. And the song was everywhere for weeks...Zillions of yea...
  • Michael
    2015-07-17
    Masterful and enchanting, a timeless classic of children’s literature likely to be rewarding for most humans of the biped variety. I always avoided it, thinking why read some cutesy tale about goddam wimpy rabbits when I could have a glorious adventure with “The Lord of the Rings”, fight the evil French with Captain Horatio Hornblower, or be a space cadet in a Heinlein tale. Who could imagine that such fearful little vegetarian critters cou...
  • Mariel
    2007-11-29
    Watership Down is not a children's book. It's a everyman's book. Every animal, too. (Anyone with a pulse and a beating heart that gives a shit about what is around them.) There's a lovely intro in a newer edition about how he "wrote" it with his children (the stories started out a spur-of-the-moment thing when prompted to tell them a story). It's meant to be interactive in a makes you think and makes you feel way. I certainly lose myself in this ...
  • Bradley
    2018-06-21
    So, yeah.Rabbits going gung-ho in England and encountering many different politics, talking about mythology, death, and courage. Oh, yeah, and if you didn't pick up on that bit... it's FANTASY. They can't count to five but they have complex Briar-Rabbit mythologies. Oh, and there's a bit of a Cassandra precog stuff and ghosts, too. But don't let this next bit bring you down! It's YA.Oh, a lot of people might say it's too graphic for younglings bu...
  • Celeste
    2016-10-17
    You can now find this review and more at Novel Notions. I’ve been a huge fantasy reader since around fifth grade. So how on earth did I miss Watership Down while I was in school? Did our library not have a copy? Was its reputation as a “classic” a deterrent to friends who might have told me of its existence? Whatever the case, I had never even heard of Watership Down until the later years of college. The people who raved about the book then...
  • Em Lost In Books
    2015-01-16
    read this book last year and was one of my absolute favorite of the year (also now one of my all time favorites), but never came around to write a review for this one. A book like this one deserves a review and so here I am writing one for this.When I started reading this book, the talking rabbits seems weird and was very near to stop reading but at that time I was on my way to see my newly born niece. so nothing else to do for one hour I kept re...