Richard Adams Watership Down

ISBN 13: 9780140050639

Watership Down

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9780140050639: Watership Down

The setting is the rolling hills and meadows of England. The time is now -- or tomorrow -- or always. WATERSHIP DOWN is a saga of the maverick band who set out, against all odds, on a quest for a new home, a better society.

The heroes of this tale are animals -- wild rabbits. Their behavior is consistent with the laws of nature, yet each is endowed with an unforgettable personality. The characterization and compelling plot fuse, transcending the animal world and illuminating man's great humanity -- and terrible inhumanity.

"WATERSHIP DOWN is one of those great stories, destined to be a classic, that every once in a long while lets us know the universe has something really mysteriously great going for humanity." --R. Buckminster Fuller

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Watership Down has been a staple of high-school English classes for years. Despite the fact that it's often a hard sell at first (what teenager wouldn't cringe at the thought of 400-plus pages of talking rabbits?), Richard Adams's bunny-centric epic rarely fails to win the love and respect of anyone who reads it, regardless of age. Like most great novels, Watership Down is a rich story that can be read (and reread) on many different levels. The book is often praised as an allegory, with its analogs between human and rabbit culture (a fact sometimes used to goad skeptical teens, who resent the challenge that they won't "get" it, into reading it), but it's equally praiseworthy as just a corking good adventure.

The story follows a warren of Berkshire rabbits fleeing the destruction of their home by a land developer. As they search for a safe haven, skirting danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band and its compelling culture and mythos. Adams has crafted a touching, involving world in the dirt and scrub of the English countryside, complete with its own folk history and language (the book comes with a "lapine" glossary, a guide to rabbitese). As much about freedom, ethics, and human nature as it is about a bunch of bunnies looking for a warm hidey-hole and some mates, Watership Down will continue to make the transition from classroom desk to bedside table for many generations to come. --Paul Hughes

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Adams, Richard
Published by Penguin, 1978 (1978)
ISBN 10: 0140050639 ISBN 13: 9780140050639
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Book Description Penguin, 1978, 1978. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140050639

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