I have to admit that it has been years since I read today’s book, and I’m almost embarrassed to include it when I remember very few specific details about it. But I do know that it was probably the first “intense” story I read that had me up at all hours of the time, enthralled, dying to know what would happen, turning pages furiously – and I do remember the level of detail that brought the story to vivid life in my imagination. I would never have imagined a tale about rabbits could become such a compelling and thought-provoking read, but lo and behold, it absolutely does.
Here is a summary of today’s title, Watership Down by Richard Adams –
“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.” [from Amazon.com]