Watership Down

Adams, Richard, 1920-

(Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Watership Down
Baker & Taylor
A visually enhanced trade edition of the top-selling modern classic follows the survival tale of a group of wild rabbits who are forced to flee their doomed warren and find a safe place to live in the face of brutal challenges, an adventure that explores metaphorical themes about environmentalism and social oppression. Original. 60,000 first printing.

& Taylor

An allegorical tale of survival about a band of wild rabbits who leave their ancestral home to build a more humane society chronicles their adventures as they search for a safe place to establish a new warren where they can live in peace.

Simon and Schuster
A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for more than forty years, Richard Adams'sWatership 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.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2005
Edition: 1st Scribner trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780743277709
Branch Call Number: FIC A
Characteristics: xvi, 476 p. : maps ; 21 cm.


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Aug 22, 2014

A fanciful story of survival, hierarchy, and society in general-using rabbits as the protagonists.

Jul 24, 2014

This book is always on hold. Perhaps the library should acquire a few more copies given its popularity.

Nov 18, 2013

"Whether you consider it an allegory, a classic adventure story, or a fantasy, a kids' book or for adults, this novel has enchanted readers for more than 40 years. It follows a group of wild rabbits as they leave their home den to find a safer - and more humane - society. Prompted by Fiver, a young rabbit with a gift for prophecy, and led by his brother, Hazel, the rabbits encounter much danger along the way, including from their own kind. Their society, language, and mythology are exceedingly well-detailed, which will appeal to readers who enjoy other worlds." Fiction A to Z November 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=700674

May 16, 2013
  • SaynaSLuke rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I love this book! It is a little like the Redwall storys. I would recomend it to those who like animals and fantisy, but you need to be a fairly good reader. I realy enjoyed all the rabbits, because I have two as pets.

Apr 08, 2013
  • drok77 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a beautiful, wonderful story. Yes, it's just about rabbits moving from one field to another, but this book is so hard to put down. The characters tug at your little heart strings and sneak into your dreams, and you'd be surprised how easy it is to tell them all apart once you know them. They're brave, clever, and have as much potential as people to be great heroes. This is definitely a new favorite!

Dec 17, 2012
  • bluebend rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is a classic and for good reason. Although the characters are rabbits and inherently different from human beings in their manners and ways, Adams creates a rich story that is engaging and absorbing. The ending is perhaps one of the best I've read as there is a great reluctance to depart from the world of these rabbits whom I've grown fond of.

Aug 23, 2012
  • fella rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

fivecharacterr was my favorite

Aug 21, 2012

This is a great book but it is a novel and took me a very long time to read.
Recommended to young adults!

Aug 10, 2012
  • JennComishen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was amazing! My dad suggested it to me one day, and it was wonderful. I couldn't put it down, I loved Mr. Bigwig, and all the characters. An awesome read.

Dec 11, 2011

I loved this book its no wonder its a classic it rely give a very realistic picture of the life and hardships of rabbits. very action packed

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Sep 30, 2009

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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