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Bunnies, bunnies, bunnies! Let's read "Watership Down" by Richard Adams.

We promise it's not just about rabbits!

From Goodreads:

"A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for over thirty years, Richard Adams's Watership 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 rabbits 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."

This title would be classified as allegorical fantasy fiction.

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  • Chuck N.

    Although this meeting was almost cancelled, as two out of the four Worms who had RSVP'd sent messages that they couldn't attend, I decided to go to Big Mike's just in case somebody who hadn't RSVP'd showed up. And voila! Hannah appeared, having finished reading "Watership Down" an hour earlier. So the two of us had a good chat about the book. We agreed that the amount of botanical detail in Adams' description of the countryside seemed a bit much, although he was writing for his fellow English gardening enthusiasts and also from the point of view of rabbits. We discussed the allegorical meaning of the novel as an environmental statement and as a commentary on human nature- particularly on the triumph of the values of love, loyalty, compassion, curiosity, and playful audacity over brute force, hostility, conformity and suspicion. We examined the contrasting leadership styles of Hazel, Cowslip, and General Woundwort and their equivalents in the human world.

    April 14, 2014

  • Beth V

    Looks like we need to cancel, since there's only two of us available.

    April 13, 2014

    • Chuck N.

      Hey, Beth! Okay, but I'll go to Big Mike's just in case somebody shows up who hasn't RSVP'd online.

      1 · April 13, 2014

    • Beth V

      Okay. Have a good evening!

      April 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Car trouble on the way to Greenville (taking the kids home).

    April 13, 2014

  • Sarah P.

    I had to go out of town for a funeral this weekend so I will not be at tonight's meeting. :(

    April 13, 2014

  • Chuck N.

    Fellow Worms! Just a reminder that our meeting this Sunday will be held in the back room of Big Mike's. From the front door, go straight back and slightly to the right. I'll post our Book Worms sign on the meeting room door. As an incentive to attend, we will have a lottery in which you will have a chance to win a book, (which will include those books from the following novels that Recycled Books declines to buy from me tomorrow; "Paradise" by Toni Morrison, "Texasville" by Larry McMurtry, "Rain Gods" by James Lee Burke, "The Passage" by Tim Cronin" and "The Wolves of the Calla" by Stephen King"). As if the pleasure of discussing "Watership Down" with other bibliophiles isn't reward enough!

    April 11, 2014

  • Chuck N.

    Fellow Worms! The first episode of season three of "Call the Midwife" (based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth- our reading selection for May) will be broadcast on PBS/KERA Channel 13 this next Sunday evening at seven o'clock. I'm unfamiliar with "Call the Midwife", so this will be my introduction to it. But I trust my fellow Worms- and PBS, to guide me to rewarding viewing and reading!

    March 25, 2014

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