Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren - he felt sure of it. So did his brother Hazel, for Fiver's sixth sense was never wrong. They had to leave immediately, and they had to persuade the other rabbits to join them. And so begins a long and perilous journey of a small band of rabbits in search of a safe home. Fiver's vision finally leads them to Watership Down, but here they face their most difficult challenge of all..."Watership Down" is an epic journey, a stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival against the odds. First published in 1972, this beautiful edition celebrates its thirty-fifth anniversary.
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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' 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 analogues 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 HughesReview:
'...stunning, compulsive reading' Sunday Times '...a proper grown-up novel for children' The Times
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Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Bookseller Inventory # GOR008121896
Book Description Puffin, UK, 2007. Hardback. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine Unclipped. David Parkins (illustrator). First Thus.. Near fine condition book; no inscriptions etc. Jacket is also near fine; clean, crisp, unclipped. This edition issued to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the first publication of this acclaimed novel. Gold logo to front cover; '35th Anniversary edition'. Fiver was only a small rabbit, but he had a sixth sense and foresaw that disaster was about to destroy the warren. Led by his brother, Hazel, a small band of rabbits set out on a perilous journey to find a safe home. After many adventures, Fiver's intuition finally leads them to WEatership Down. But here they encounter the greatest threat of all. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 012838