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A review of the book watership down by richard adams

  1. After considering the question logically, my mom said yes, for five reasons. Undoubtedly, both the natural research upon the life and times of rabbits, and the building of a complex and rich rabbit mythology with some allusions to a lapine language are some of the books major strengths.
  2. He lived in a cabin with wood-paneled walls, so at first the echo on the recording was terrible.
  3. For example, explaining how rabbits have little concept of time or art, or how the idea of something floating on water is alien and how rabbits must avoid a panic state just for me served to make Adams' rabbit characters less believable.
  4. Such a beautiful and whole heart gone from the world. After considering the question logically, my mom said yes, for five reasons.
  5. The wound throbbed for days. Where as with other works of animal fantasy I could genuinely believe!

My parents had known each other for only three weeks when my dad asked my mom to marry him. She was stunned by his proposal, and so she said, Let me think about it. And she sat there for a few minutes in silence, thinking, while my dad, in agony, sat there and watched her think.

  • She felt that Adams, more than any other fiction writer, had tunneled inside of her psychology and rendered her own emotions and behaviors perfectly in his rabbits;
  • Toward the end of the novel, the mythical black rabbit of death, a ghost rabbit of peace and power, appears beside the aged rabbit hero, Hazel, after he has brought two great rabbit societies together to live a peaceful life in the downs.

After considering the question logically, my mom said yes, for five reasons. In those few minutes, she decided that even though she hardly knew my dad, she ought to marry him because: He, like her, ate the entire apple, swallowed the core and all the seeds, so she knew he was not wasteful or pretentious. He, like her, had always wanted to name a son the unusual name Rory, and that seemed an important, even wistful, thing to have in common. He, like her, was an Idaho Democrat.

That was the tipping point for my mom: My younger siblings had seen the animated adaptation and had told me there was a lot of blood. Rabbits killing one another in a war? Unlike my brother and my older sister, who had both been attacked by rabbits, I had never known a rabbit to be violent. Rabbits were prey, tender and strange, and I loved them deeply. They were, and still are, a crucial part of my own life story. Even as I write a review of the book watership down by richard adams, my Flemish Giant Marjorie rests on a towel on my desk beside my laptop, her red fur clinging with static to the screen.

She is still young, but she is a member of the largest rabbit species on earth, a direct descendent from the Rabbits of Old. She expresses her emotions with subtlety. She likes the sound of my fingers tapping the keys. In one sense, I admit that rabbits make for difficult pets. They can be offish, easily startled, distrustful, and resigned.

Richard Adams: 'Perhaps I made Watership Down too dark' - interview

Their stoicism is touching to me: I have heard that scream maybe once before. It is a terrifying sound. To know that such a sound exists deep inside the silent body of my rabbit, and to know it is a sound she is saving up inside of her for the moment of her eternity, or at least for her moment of terror, and to know that she builds herself around that future scream, is a special kind of sadness for me.

I saw that sadness on the cover of Watership Down. As I grew older, rabbits, like everything, became more complicated to me. I have seen the aftermath of a mother rabbit tearing her newborn kits to shreds; I have had a rabbit leap at my hand one dark summer night and bite me so badly that it was difficult to stop the blood.

The wound throbbed for days. And I have seen two rabbits fall in love. When one died suddenly from a botfly in her brain, the other was so devastated that he became a different rabbit—angry, bitter, defiant. He would thump so hard out in his pen at night, challenging coyotes, that I would wake, panicked, thinking someone was breaking into the house. Such power in one little rabbit—both of strength and of heart. It is that power that Richard Adams believed in and rendered in his novel.

I read Watership Down for the first time when I was twenty-five. The quote from the London Times on the back of the book still gives me chills: I wrote to Richard Adams a couple of times, to tell him so, and sent him a photograph of the two rabbits I had who were in love. He told me he was moved to hear my parents had fallen in love as they read his book. About a year after I read the novel, my boyfriend, Sam, gave me a collection of CDs.

He and I lived in different states and were very lonely for each other. So, for months, in secret, he had been recording himself a review of the book watership down by richard adams Watership Down as a way to be close to me. He lived in a cabin with wood-paneled walls, so at first the echo on the recording was terrible.

But then he made himself a studio by hanging sheets down from the ceiling around the couch, and there he read for hours every night. On those CDs, I found twenty-four hours of his voice, chapters alternating with letters he spoke to me. Four hundred pages of a rabbit adventure, read by the man I loved. I paced myself, to spread those beautiful twenty-four hours over the rest of that year apart. I listened to those rabbits make their harrowing journey as I rode the bus from Madison, Wisconsin, to Dubuque, Iowa, where Sam would be waiting for me to tell him what had just transpired in the lives of the rabbits he now knew so well.

Watership Down is a kind of inheritance, a force that runs in my family, something that holds us together. She felt that Adams, more than any other fiction writer, had tunneled inside of her psychology and rendered her own emotions and behaviors perfectly in his rabbits. Shortly after Christmas, a dear friend wrote to me to tell me that Richard Adams had passed away on Christmas Eve.

What a tremendous loss for all of us.

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Such a beautiful and whole heart gone from the world. We are lucky he left his imagination behind. I picture them, those old friends who so admired one another, one a poet at heart, one a scientist, walking along in all that vast and sparkling white, talking about rabbits. Toward the end of the novel, the mythical black rabbit of death, a ghost rabbit of peace and power, appears beside the aged rabbit hero, Hazel, after he has brought two great rabbit societies together to live a peaceful life in the downs.

The black rabbit suggests to Hazel that he come to join his Owsla.

  1. In one sense, I admit that rabbits make for difficult pets.
  2. Taking place in rural England, it brings back the age old theme of life on the run. She felt that Adams, more than any other fiction writer, had tunneled inside of her psychology and rendered her own emotions and behaviors perfectly in his rabbits.
  3. Two brother rabbits lead a devoted band of friends away from a predicted disaster to find a new home. But then he made himself a studio by hanging sheets down from the ceiling around the couch, and there he read for hours every night.
  4. I picture them, those old friends who so admired one another, one a poet at heart, one a scientist, walking along in all that vast and sparkling white, talking about rabbits. When one died suddenly from a botfly in her brain, the other was so devastated that he became a different rabbit—angry, bitter, defiant.
  5. This book introduced characters to me that have changed my way of thinking. Two brother rabbits lead a devoted band of friends away from a predicted disaster to find a new home.

It seemed to Hazel that he would not be needing his body any more, so he left it lying on the edge of the ditch, but stopped for a moment to watch his rabbits and to try to get used to the extraordinary feeling that strength and speed were flowing inexhaustibly out of him into their sleek young bodies and healthy senses.

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