By: Richard Adams
My Rating: FIVE out of FIVE stars
Best for: 16 and up
May 2016 Re-read
There’s not a story I love more than Watership Down.
It’s been a while since my last re read, and this time around I was afraid I would find I’ve been fooling myself all these years…that I would discover my teenage self had turned Watership Down into something that it wasn’t and didn’t deserve.
I shouldn’t have worried. It’s everything I had it built up to be.
Actually, this time around, it was more.
There are some who find the idea of Watership Down tedious. Talking rabbits hopping across the English countryside? How is this enjoyable? 500 pages? Trust me, I’ve heard them all.
Get over it.
Embrace Watership Down, and you’ll find some of the greatest literary characters ever written. You’ll find heroes being brave even though they are scared. You’ll find leaders who lead by love, and leaders who lead by fear. You’ll find heart-pounding excitement.
Bloody fighting. Tyranny over thrown. Friendships. Loyalty. Peace.
Goosebumps. Chills. Tears.
All that. More.
In a book about rabbits.
Hopping across the English countryside.
Give it a try. I think you’ll love it too.
Suitable for all ages. Recommended for all ages. It’ll take a bit of maturity just because of the pacing, but content is PG.
2011 re read
I don’t know if it’s solely because happy memories from my childhood, but I consider Watership Down one of my favorite all time books. I could read it again and again–well, I have read it again and again. If you haven’t had the pleasure, consider this my strong recommendation.
Originally read somewhere around 1992.