Watership Down - Richard Adams

Watership Down

By Richard Adams

  • Release Date: 2009-07-14
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 432 Ratings


WINNER of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program

Now a Netflix animated miniseries starring James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, and Oscar and Grammy award-winner Sir Ben Kingsley.

A worldwide bestseller for more than forty years, Watership Down is the compelling tale of a band of wild rabbits struggling to hold onto their place in the world—“a classic yarn of discovery and struggle” (The New York Times).

Richard Adams’s Watership Down is a timeless classic and one of the most beloved novels of all time.

Set in the Hampshire Downs in Southern England, an idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of “suspense, hot pursuit, and derring-do” (Chicago Tribune) follows a band of rabbits in flight from the incursion of man and the destruction of their home.

Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they travel forth from their native Sandleford warren through harrowing trials to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.

“A marvelous story of rebellion, exile, and survival” (Sunday Telegraph) this is an unforgettable literary classic for all ages.



    By icewing43
  • I love the show on Netflix it’s so good I can’t wait to read the book!

    By honey almond butter
    I can’t wait
  • Astounding!

    By Dwardeng
    This is a beautiful piece of fiction dealing with the lives of rabbits in a cruel, changing world. A must read for those who love animals and nature.
  • HYPE

    By Prophet Amos
    I tried reading it. I had to stop after the second chapter, it was boring and dull. This was the only book in my life, I had to stop reading.
  • Watership Down Review (angela & lauren)

    By Lion head 37 2 day
    To answer the first question, I would like to go to say that this book is classified as a college recommended book due to the knowledge you gain out of this book that relates to a college level brain such as the politics used. -angela • This book is more than likely on the college recommended list due to the politics and real life things involved in this book. -Lauren ------------------------------- "A little way in front of them, the ground had been freshly disturbed. Two piles of Earth lay on the grass. Heavy posts, reeking of creosote and paint,towered up as high as the holly trees in the hedge, and the board they carried threw a long shadow across the top of the field. Near one of the posts, a hammer and a few nails were left behind." -angela(example of imagery) "Kehaar- Though a character in the book, Kehaar the gull also is a symbol. He represents the help and friendship one can obtain by accepting that not all others are like themself. Because the rabbits accepted him despite his difference, they received his companionship" -Lauren (example of symbolism) "Has been interpreted as a political allegory demonstrating how extremist views can ruin a society. In their journey, the rabbits encounter two other warrens. One is called Efrafa, and it’s under a military dictatorship by an insane rabbit called General Woundwort. The other warren featured rabbits who grew fat and reliant on food left for them by a nearby farmer. Although they’re fully aware that the food is only meant as bait, they risk their lives to get it." -angela& Lauren (example of allegory Watership Down literary devices include allegory, imagery, symbolism and of course personification as the rabbits take on roles of humans. ------------------------------- "When it comes to this book I would like to be honest and say that it did not have a very big impact on me.. and I'll explain why. Even though this book does teach a whole lot about politics and is a very educational read, I never really felt a connection with this book that truly impacted me. Though if I had to pick out something that impacted me.. I would say the way that the author used animals to portray his message is something that I admired, as it is an old technique used in story writing to get the message across, so I do think that by using that it showed me as a writer that portraying an animal with human actions can get points across in a whole new way." -angela cordova "I found that this is a good story and is indeed very good for college level. Someone who is very interested in rabbits might be interested more in this book... this book tells the story of many rabbits out on a journey to go as far away from danger as possible, it also is full of mystery, politics, crime, and danger. This book I would say had a good impact on me in seeing all of these political views to learn something new about the world I live in." -Lauren Sanchez
  • I love this book

    By Banana 45338
    I love this book so much. But it is a bit on the expensive side. The book is excellently written.
  • Its boring

    By N_i_c_k Snick
    It is. Trust me.
  • A story well told.

    By Rahas3
    I really enjoyed reading this book. It brings back childhood memories of watching the movie and my love for animation, animals, and fiction. I love how it can appeal to older readers.
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    By CoclicoUsername
    This is the best best book ever written. If anybody disagrees I will punch them.
  • Amazing

    By estefaggot
    My favorite book of all time!!! Just fantastically written and told. Although $13 is a lot of money for a book (I think) I suggest you go down to a bookman's or any independent bookstore and buy the physical thing for like $6 HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK