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ISBN13: 9780380002931
ISBN10: 0380002930
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Shanna Jacobson, May 15, 2015 (view all comments by Shanna Jacobson)
I fell in love with this book back in the early 1980s, reading it four times in succession over the course of one long, lazy summer. I still have that original copy and, although weathered, it's a treasured possession. I pulled it off the shelf earlier this year, eager to share it with my own daughter. At 10, I wasn't sure she was truly old enough to be engaged by it, but once I started reading, she was quickly enthralled, and would sneak-read ahead when she could. The language is intelligent and lyrical, the rabbits' world is fully fleshed, and I must confess I have a special affection for the clever stories about El-Ahrairah and Rabscuttle, and all the ways they outwit their enemies. My daughter was particularly taken by the Lapin words - elil, ni-frith, fu-Inle - which have become a kind of secret language for her. She's requested her own copy of the book several times since we finished it and since I still cannot bear to part with my own, I'll be purchasing one for her - which I hope she will in turn read to her own children in due course.
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SnowRaven, October 15, 2014 (view all comments by SnowRaven)
A very nice classic. I have read many animal fantasy novels (such as Warriors by Erin Hunter) that have been said to be influenced by this book, and now I can see the connections. The rabbits in this novel do seem very human and personified, though, which leads me to believe that this book is an allegory for something. However, when I try to find out, there does not seem to be one solid meaning for the novel other than that it is just a story about rabbits and survival. At first I thought this was just a children's book, but it is actually quite intellectual and a long read. I recommend this book to everyone who is able to stick through books even through boring times, because in my opinion this book does not get "spicy" until towards the end.
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sharrona, February 3, 2013 (view all comments by sharrona)
Can't say enough good about this book. It's entertaining on several levels -- the lives of a community of rabbits, and the allegory to human society. Was made into a pretty decent movie, too. Part of my lifetime permanent library; I'll read it again and again.
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nrlymrtl, August 15, 2012 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
Lots of fuzzy bunnies. They’ve got ambitions, bad dreams, prerogatives. Watership Down starts off with one rabbit that has been blessed with the gift of foresight having a bad feeling and that is why he and those who will follow must leave the warren. A handful of connies set out, not really knowing where they are going nor really why, except Fiver has a vague, deep feeling of dread towards the warren.

Soon Fiver is proved right and we learn of the doom of the home warren. The rabbits have made it to a new warren, very laid-back, breakfast served every day by humans. Fiver and Hazel and crew consider staying for a while. However, soon Fiver is expressing his concerns and fears and the hares must move on after a nasty encounter with a wire trap.

I enjoyed how the rabbits had their own mythology and stories. There are several segues into these tales and they were instructive and imaginative. While there were few female characters, probably because they came into the story late, they are considered integral in sustaining the new warren.

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danimccutcheon, September 30, 2011 (view all comments by danimccutcheon)
Re-reading this classic after twenty years, and it's as charming as ever. Especially if you or your children love rabbits, this tale is even more endearing. Powerfully engaging characters, and great for opening up kids' eyes and ears to the sights and sounds of nature.
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Adams, Richard
New York :
Novels and novellas
British and irish
Adventure stories
Fantasy - General
Adventure fiction
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6.94x4.36x1.14 in. .53 lbs.

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Product details 496 pages Avon - English 9780380002931 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Bunnies, community, fantasy, adventure, danger — a classic pick for anyone who likes Brian Jacques, C. S. Lewis, or Erin Hunter.

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A heart-rending narrative about displacement and the struggle to define "home" disguised as cute animal story. A favorite across the world for generations of readers, and for good reason. Bring a hankie.

"Review" by , "Spellbinding....Marvelous....A taut tale of suspense, hot pursuit, and derring-do."
"Review" by , "Quite Marvelous....A Powerful New Vision of the Great Chain of Being."
"Review" by , "A Classic....A great book."
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