Watership Down

- Richard Adams

Goodreads Book Blurb:

Sandleford Warren is in danger. Hazel’s younger brother Fiver is convinced that a great evil is about to befall the land, but no one will listen. And why would they when it is Spring and the grass is fat and succulent? So together Hazel and Fiver and a few other brave rabbits secretly leave behind the safety and strictures of the warren and hop tentatively out into a vast and strange world.

Chased by their former friends, hunted by dogs and foxes, avoiding farms and other human threats, but making new friends, Hazel and his fellow rabbits dream of a new life in the emerald embrace of Watership Down . . .


My Review:

enjoyable/easy to read:
I wanted to enjoy Watership Down, but I felt disconnected from the narrative like a passive observer. Likely because, at the end of the day, this is a story about rabbits. You can try and dig meaning out of it to apply to the real world, but all I got was rabbits. Sure, I don’t have a problem with rabbits, but I also don’t have any real emotional connection to them and, therefore, to any of the characters within these pages. So, the stakes felt super low, even when they were supposed to be sky-high.

You know how you let yourself think that everything will be all right if you can only get to a certain place or do a certain thing. But when you get there you find it's not that simple.

What is the point of a rabbit that can see the future if you don’t listen to him? He is literally never wrong, but they always second guess Fiver until he’s forced into fits.

Men will never rest till they've spoiled the earth and destroyed the animals.

I don’t know what I was expecting, but it was more than I got. The lore of Watership Down might have been its downfall; if I hadn’t been expecting some big, important fable, I may not have felt so let down by this pretty average story.

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