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Download Book ´ Watership Down Ê 478 pages Ó Richard adams Û [KINDLE] ❂ Watership Down Author Richard Adams – Librarian's note See alternate cover edition of ISBN13 9780380395866 hereSet in England's Downs a once idyllic rural landscape this stirring tale of adventure cLibrarian's note See alternate cover edition of ISBNhereSet in England's Downs a once idyllic rural landscape this stirring tale of adventure courage and survival fo 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 problems They’re complex and purposeful So if he didn’t intend them then his unconscious certainly did I can’t believe the literary merit of this work is entirely accidental “Animals don't behave like men' he said 'If they have to fight they fight; and if they have to kill they kill But they don't sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures' lives and hurting them They have dignity and animality” This has a surprising amount of depth The story is a comment on the brutal nature of man and his careless attitude towards nature; it is a suggestion that he kills for the sake of killing rather than out of a need for survival; it is a statement that man is not in touch with nature like other animals but in spite of this he is redeemable and capable of the opposite as much as the apparent Indeed this can be seen with the little girl who saves Hazel the Rabbit’s chief at the end of the novel So it’s a bit than a basic children’s fable This is one of those rare rare books that can be read by anyone regardless of age and taste in novels; it really is a wonderful story that has the potential to be enjoyed by all Indeed there is a reason why very few people have not heard of Watership Down and it’s not because this is just a tale of rabbits attempting to find a new home and survive That is the crux of the plot but not the limits of the scope of the novel It has the appearance of a children’s novel in that it is an exciting adventure about rabbits but for an adult it has greater depth Moreover the novel uestions the artificial life that captive animals must endure and demonstrates that they should be at one with their true nature like the rabbits of this novel This for me is a rather deep observation Humans are a species that superimpose their ways on all other forms of life If the animals don’t adapt then they die I’m not going to go into the murky realms of morality but whatever you think about the treatment of animals this is a truism Humans destroy nature as they destroy most things I’m sounding like a little bit of a misanthrope but again it’s true “Men will never rest till they've spoiled the earth and destroyed the animals”Regardless of what Richard Adams thinks; his book is an allegory for many things He may not have intended this but the finished product clearly transcends his motives; it has become a real work of literature One need only look at half the works in the literary cannon to see that the interpretations of these works rarely correspond with the author’s intent and sometimes even directly oppose them Many critics even say the author isn’t important and is just a mere vessel for the work If this is true then one needn’t look any further than the wonderful tale of Watership Down for conformation This is a great book Postscript I found this gorgeous illustrated edition in Waterstones that I just had to buyI mean just look at it You can connect with me on social media via My Linktree

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Llows 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 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 destroyedWhen Fiver a seer is overcome with a vivid dream of mass destruction He tries to convince the rabbits in charge of the validity of his vision They are dismissive but one rabbit named Hazel does believe him They convince nine other bucks to leave the warren with them Driven by fear and curiosity they begin an odyssey that if Homer had been fortunate enough to hear about would have given him another epic story to tell for a few copper coins in the town suare Hazel finds out he is a natural leader and through courage luck and Macguveresue skills manages to bring his troop through the thickets of a new and dangerous world They meet other warrens of rabbits with society aberrations that made them unpalatable for amalgamation Given the way that Richard Adams portrayed these rigid social constructs I came away with the feeling that he was somewhat anti government He seemed to be advocating that a looser structure of co existence will lead to happier rabbitspeople Speaking of that even though these rabbits did take on some human characteristics I never really thought of them as people I was convinced I was reading a book about rabbits not rabbits with human faces That to me is a major achievement and at the same time in the early pages made me feel like I was reading a book at a reading level below my comfort zone Rabbits are relatively simple animals and Adams adhered to that principle for most of the book Cleverness was a revered trait among warren colonies and is reflected in their stories of past accomplishments by legendary rabbits These stories passed down orally from generation to generation provided a collective source of cunning skills that are applied to situations beyond the natural experiences of our erstwhile heroes It doesn't take long for the all male colony to realize that if they want kittens They must have DOES They were in such a hurry to escape the warren that they forgot to bring the mystical other half necessary for reproduction They came to the same conclusion that tribal units have come to for thousands of years If they don't have something they need than they need to liberate it from someone else The Efrafa warren is governed by General Woundwart He is a brutal militaristic leader who rules his burrow with an iron fist The Efrafa happen to have a plethora of DOES and Hazel and his band of intrepid bunnies believe they are clever enough with the help of some unusual allies to coax away enough DOES to insure the survival of their fledgling society This sets up one of the most pulse pounding showdowns I've read in a long time Displaying the courage of the defenders of the Alamo and the steadfastness of the Spartans at the battle of Thermopylae I found myself glowing with the pride of a participant white knuckles and all as the Watership Down rabbits defend their home The thing about this book is that you have to hang in there I have started and stopped this book a handful of times but several reviews on goodreads convinced me I was giving up on the book too soon At about page 70 I could feel my eyes looking over with longing at the stack of books waiting in the wings As the pages stacked up I started to care about this band of brothers I wish that I had read it in time to have shared it with my kids There is much to be discussed especially in regards to how societies are structured about courage about friendship about thinking outside the box and about the importance of how we conduct ourselves within our own warrentownship If you have kids young enough read it to them It will heighten the experience for you and them I've already got this logged as a book to read to my grandchildrensome dayin the distant futureafter my kids graduate collegeget great jobsmeet their soulmatesand have kids that love to curl up in their grandfather's lap for a tale that may help shape the people they become RIP Richard Adams May 9th 1920 December 24th 2016If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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Watership DownJourney forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries to a mysterious promised land and a perfect societ 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 never be destroyed” Watership Down began as an impromptu entertainment for Adams' two young daughters on long car trips an adventure of a migrating bunch of somewhat anthropomorphic but yet very rabbit like rabbits It is a story full of palpable love for English countryside full of 'rabbity' allegories of the variations of human societies and ideologies that nevertheless do not overshadow the simple but fascinating impact of the story of survival against all odds rooted in friendship bravery loyalty courage uick thinking and learning ability to see and embrace the new while relying on the ages tested old and perseverance despite the unfavorable odds “Rabbits live close to death and when death comes closer than usual thinking about survival leaves little room for anything else” I first read the story of Hazel Bigwig co when I was twelve and read it again and again many times since loving it and with each re read appreciating and each time how its seeming simplicity is actually made of layers of complexity Survival is the big theme naturally; but another one is the coexistence between the old ways and the new ways the balance between the natural and the 'unnatural' innate and learned It's not just the rabbit society that is plagued by these choices of course On a superficial read it would appear that Adams favors the former our rabbits are looking for a way to lead the 'normal' natural rabbit life that sharply contrasts with the decadent Cowslip's warren and militaristic Efrafa But on the other hand it's precisely the openness to the new things and experiences that allows Hazel's bunch to survive the raft and the boat the digging of burrows the interspecies alliances; but they still hold on firmly to their essential rabbitness It's the harmony that Adams is looking for and I love itAdams succeeded in creating such vivid and distinct personalities for all of the rabbits in the story making them so human like and yet unmistakably animal at the same time Cute fluffy bunnies they are not however; they are tenacious survivalists full of life force and determination to survive despite their status as prey for the 'Thousand' the many carnivorous predators from cats to hawks to foxes to humans They are driven by the need to live and multiply and thrive and when allowed to do so they are fearsome indeed just think of how rabbits took over Australia for example In Adams' rendition they are and aren't like us and it's both their similarities and differences from what we think of as 'human' that makes the story unforgettable “Animals don't behave like men' he said 'If they have to fight they fight; and if they have to kill they kill But they don't sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures' lives and hurting them They have dignity and animality” Each rabbit has a distinct voice and personality without being people they are nevertheless persons but it's the three that stand out to me Hazel Bigwig and WoundwortHazel the mastermind of the rabbit adventures is a natural leader He is not the fastest the smartest or the strongest but he has the understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the ragtag bunch he leads He genuinely cares and his charisma and leading by example are uick to win the loyalty of others The parallels between Hazel and the legendary rabbit folklore hero El ahrairah the Prince of a Thousand enemies are not surprising and the final scene of the book lovely but uietly gut wrenching comes as no surprise You needn't worry about them said his companion They'll be all right and thousands like them If you'll come along I'll show you what I meanHe reached the top of the bank in a single powerful leap Hazel followed; and together they slipped away running easily down through the wood where the first primroses were beginning to bloom His opposite is the eventual villain of the book General Woundwort the tyrant leader of an isolated militaristic rabbit warren a ruler with an iron fist whose forceful personality is supplemented by ferociously merciless teeth and claws Unlike Hazel he leads by force and coercion but props to Adams for not making him neatly fit into a black and white good vs bad model as his amazing ability to at least temporarily make rabbits perpetual prey into predators was a source of almost legendary fame And yet Woundwort's vision breaks down because grand as it may be it's still just tunnel vision “At that moment in the sunset on Watership Down there was offered to General Woundwort the opportunity to show whether he was really the leader of vision and genius which he believed himself to be or whether he was no than a tyrant with the courage and cunning of a pirate For one beat of his pulse the lame rabbit's idea shone clearly before him He grasped it and realized what it meant The next he had pushed it away from him” And bridging the gap between Hazel and Woundwort is my hero Bigwig Big strong and experienced and therefore bound to succeed almost anywhere in the rabbit 'society' he grows from a careless and a bit bullyish character to one strongly loyal and just learning to rely on brains over brawn and yet with enough ferocity and determination to be an unstoppable force when combined with Hazel's leadership The warren of Watership Down would have been doomed without Bigwig's boundless daring loyal courage without his resolute determination and willingness for self sacrifice for the others a trait he would of course have not developed if not for the friends he made on the night of the escape from the doomed old warren in the search of Watership Down promised by Fiver Hazel learns to see the strengths and weaknesses in others; Bigwig learns to see them in himselfMy strong and loyal rabbit hero your words at what you thought may have been your last minutes never cease to make me happily grin “My Chief Rabbit has told me to stay and defend this run and until he says otherwise I shall stay here” This book is wonderful fantastic and has definitely earned itself a spot on the strategically placed bookshelf in my future hypothetical daughter's room where it will serve the purpose of helping to bring her into the wonderful world of stories and help her see the world for the amazing place it is And meanwhile somewhere in the wild rabbits would uietly go on with their rabbit lives Underground the story continued