Title: Watership Down
Author: Richard Adams
Publisher: Avon Books
Publish Date: 1972
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "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
predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more
My Two Cents:
Down" is a classic book that I had been wanting to read for a while.
Luckily, I had a 2017 reading challenge that fit the book perfectly.
This book is about rabbits who try to find a better life for themselves.
Along the way, they come across hostile rabbits, dogs, and cats who
threaten their lives. This book feels very much like a military novel.
wasn't expecting for the book to have such a strong religious
undertone. Throughout the book the rabbits speak about another rabbit
whose story has become so legendary that this particular rabbit almost
becomes a spiritual protector for all other rabbits. I was especially
interested in the legend of this rabbit as it gives you a lot of insight
into the sort of traits that the rabbits care about and look for in
In general, I am also very interested in how authors
come up with the stories that they come up with. The particular edition
of this book that I read includes an author's note that talks about how
he came up with this idea for essentially telling a conquest story
through the eyes of rabbits. I also thought that it was really
interesting that he wanted to make sure that aside from having
intelligent thoughts and conversations, the author really wanted to make
sure that his rabbits actually acted like rabbits and so he goes into a
little bit of the research that he did in order to do so.
Overall, this is an incredibly inventive story and it's easy to see how books like this one have stood the test of time!