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15) Watership Down -- Richard Adams

As I previously mentioned, this is my pick. My mom rented this movie for my sister and me when we were little girls. She thought it was a kids' cartoon movie. Those who've seen it know that it's not. I had nightmares for a week. As a result, I've always wanted to read it and now I'm forcing y'all to read it with me.

"A tale of a band of rabbits who, following the guidance of young Fiver's dreams and Hazel's leadership, leave the safety of their warren and try to establish their own home. Once they do arrive at Watership Down, a chalk down, they realise that they have no females so they try to attract some from the nearest warren but get trapped instead by the sinister General Woundwort, a fierce control freak boss rabbit.
Unlike the Duncton Wood tales about moles, these rabbits live among and interact with humans and other woodland creatures.

Adams is a classical scholar and former soldier, who has hunted out a quotation for the start of every chapter, two for one chapter, which vary tremendously but include one from Tales of Uncle Remus who gave us Br'er Rabbit. The book may be dated now but it is detailed, unsentimental, well characterised and powerful. Can be read by any age from pre-teens up to adults.

Read also The Plague Dogs - for older teens and adults. He also wrote Maia, an interesting adult tale about the mythical Beklan empire, and Shardik about a bear. His autobiography is The Day Gone By, worth a read. "

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I REALLY LIKED IT. Just registering my token passionate support.

    June 27, 2013

  • Chad D.

    A literary read of a typical journey motif with all the fixings done a la rabbit.

    June 27, 2013

  • Chad D.

    I finished the Rabbit book finally. Quite a journey. Not quite Animal Farm...not quite Charlotte's Web. Very different from anything we have read for this group as of yet. I have lots of questions; can't wait to discuss! What human stories- historical or fictional- is this book playing with? Etc...

    This author is amazingly well read and well versed!

    Some Rabbit Book-


    1 · June 24, 2013

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