Watership Down - The Book of Friendship
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Watership Down - A Review
Watership Down is about rabbits in search of a home. How does this premise make a best selling book? The rabbits are so life like with human emotions and special intuition that they reach out and touch your heart. The words of the book captivate the aura of life in our world.
The rabbits are threatened by a disaster looming on the horizon. The end of the world is near. Fiver sees it. He feels it and he is frightened enough to overcome his shyness. He convinces the other rabbits to flee their home and start on a journey that will change their lives forever.
Do Rabbits Have Dreams? Do We?
Reading Watership Down is akin to coming home. Home is where we live. Home is what makes our lives complete and satisfying.
Even rabbits have a home, a burrow to call their own. A warren is their community. The rabbits must survive against great odds to build and defend their homes. In this manner, they become human. They are our family.
If any human could become a strong, kind and beautiful animal, it would be the rabbit. The Watership Down rabbits build an entire world of incredible characters, abundant adventures through life and a wonderland of homes. We would surely live this way if we could.
Friendship and Loyalty
Of all the books I have ever read, Watership Down touched me as no other book before or since. The book is a link between fellow rabbits of the world, and by rabbits, I mean the souls of people that become our friends.
We all have friends that resemble the characters of the book. These characters have warmth and depth. They have sense and ambition. They all learn to do what must be done to get along in life. The leaders face tough decisions that must be made for good or bad. Their advisers and families must build the community.
Some of my very best friendships have come about due to this very book. The lovely characters overcome great and terrible odds to achieve worthwhile goals. This is the story of life. This is the plot of all great books and Richard Adams tells our story well.
A Permanent and Lasting Review for the Book of Friendship
Other books by Richard Adams
Although none of his other books have reached the status and fame of Watership Down, Adams has written several other books of literary note:
- The Plague Dogs - Snitter and Rowf escape the horrors of an animal research center
- Traveller - the story of Robert E. Lee's devoted horse
- Shardik - A bear worshiped by a primitive, yet engrossing people, a book of war, romance, and adventure
- Maia - A rich tapestry of story telling. The tale of a beautiful woman sold into slavery
- The Ship's Cat - Incredible detailed and imaginative children's book that has become a true collector's item
- Tales From Watership Down - An insider's look at the stories the rabbits tell to their children
- The Iron Wolf - richly illustrated compilation of well known folk tales
- The Girl in a Swing - described as a "haunting and erotic story of the supernatural" - easily yet another masterpiece of literature
Richard Adams has written many other books and collaborated on others. He is without doubt an author to read, learn from and respect. His writings are inspiring, memorable and should be top of the list for any author to set aspirations by.
About Richard Adams
Richard George Adams, born on May 9th, 1920, best known for his incredible personification of the rabbits of Watership Down,is one of the best known English authors. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, attaining that distinction in 1975.
He told the story of the rabbits to his two daughters. The girls loved the tales so much that they convinced Adams to publish it as a book. The first edition sold over a million copies in record time. Watership Down is a modern classic and has won the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 1972. However, this is not a book just for children by any means.
While most of Adams' books look at life from the 'animal' point of view, he is not restricted to animal characters. He is a master of human thought and emotion. His animal characters seem very human. His human characters become terribly and undeniably real.
Adams still writes and currently lives in Hampshire, England. He was born and raised in Berkshire and what a wonderful place that must be.
Adams served in the British Army during World War II and then joined the British civil Service. He studied modern history at Bradfield College.
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