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Watership Down (A Puffin Book) [Paperback]

David Parkins , Richard Adams
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3 July 2014 A Puffin Book

A Puffin Book - stories that last a lifetime.

Puffin Modern Classics are relaunched under a new logo: A Puffin Book. There are 20 titles to collect in the series, listed below, all with exciting new covers and fun-filled endnotes.

Watership Down by Richard Adams has become one of the most famous animals adventures ever written.

In this epic story, a young rabbit called Fiver senses that something terrible is about to happen to the warren - he is sure of it. Fiver's sixth sense is never wrong according to his brother, Hazel. They had to leave immediately, and they had to persuade the other rabbits to join them. And so begins a long and perilous journey of a small band of rabbits in search of a safe home. Fiver's vision finally leads them to Watership Down, but here they face their most difficult challenge of all . . .

Richard Adams grew up in Berkshire, the son of a country doctor. After an education at Oxford, he spent six years in the army and then went into the Civil Service. He originally began telling the story of Watership Down to his two daughters and they insisted he publish it as a book. It quickly became a huge success with both children and adults, and won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal in 1972. Richard Adams has written many novels and short stories, including Shardik and The Plague Dogs.

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STIG OF THE DUMP by Clive King

ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY by Mildred D. Taylor

A DOG SO SMALL by Philippa Pearce

GOBBOLINO by Ursula Moray Williams

CARRIE'S WAR by Nina Bawden

MRS FRISBY AND THE RATS OF NIMH by Richard C O'Brien

A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L'Engle

THE CAY by Theodore Taylor

TARKA THE OTTER by Henry Williamson

WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams

SMITH by Leon Garfield

THE NEVERENDING STORY by Michael Ende

ANNIE by Thomas Meehan

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Product details

  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Classics; Re-issue edition (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141354968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141354965
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard George Adams (born 9 May, 1920) is an English novelist best known as the author of Watership Down.

He originally began telling the story of Watership Down to his two daughters, and they insisted he publish it as a book. When Watership Down was finally published, it sold over a million copies in record time in both the United Kingdom and the United States. Watership Down has become a modern classic and won both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 1972.

Others of his books include Shardik, Maia, Tales from Watership Down, The Girl in a Swing and The Plague Dogs, the last two of which, together with Watership Down, have been filmed. His goal is to tell a good story, ideally one so good you can't put it down!

Richard Adams currently lives in Hampshire, England. He has written about his childhood and youth, including the time he served in the army in World War II, in 'The Day Gone By'.

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Despite the fact that it's often a hard sell at first (what teenager wouldn't cringe at the thought of 400-plus pages of talking rabbits?), Richard Adams' bunny-centric epic rarely fails to win the love and respect of anyone who reads it, regardless of age. Like most great novels, Watership Down is a rich story that can be read (and reread) on many different levels. The book is often praised as an allegory, with its analogues between human and rabbit culture (a fact sometimes used to goad skeptical teens, who resent the challenge that they won't "get" it, into reading it), but it's equally praiseworthy as just a corking good adventure.

The story follows a warren of Berkshire rabbits fleeing the destruction of their home by a land developer. As they search for a safe haven, skirting danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band and its compelling culture and mythos. Adams has crafted a touching, involving world in the dirt and scrub of the English countryside, complete with its own folk history and language (the book comes with a "lapine" glossary, a guide to rabbitese). As much about freedom, ethics and human nature as it is about a bunch of bunnies looking for a warm hidey-hole and some mates, Watership Down will continue to make the transition from classroom desk to bedside table for many generations to come. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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...stunning, compulsive reading (Sunday Times)

...a proper grown-up novel for children (The Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By Frith this is a good book! 15 Oct 2007
By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
'Watership Down' is the exciting and emotional tale where a group of rabbits are forced to leave their Sandleford homes when Fiver, who often sees visions of the future, tells them that their warren is in danger from humans. The group is then lead by Hazel and Bigwig as they make their way through the fields of Hampshire as they come face to face with danger from other animals such as rats, foxes, cats, dogs and owls as well as humans and cars. As the story goes on Hazel and the group of rabbits try to rescue some rabbits from a farm; help a bird, who in turn then helps them; join another warren of rabbits and also try to steal does from a much bigger and powerful warren known as Efrafa, leading to a shocking and brilliant finalle. Along the way tales are told of El-ahrairah (prince of a thousand enemies), which gives more insight into the beliefs of the rabbits in their own world.

As someone who usually mainly reads crime fiction and horror (and have also never seen the movie adaption), I never thought that I'd enjoy a book about a bunch of rabbits but after a strong recommendation from my girlfriend, I gave this a try and once I started it I couldn't put it down. Immediately I fell in love with Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig, Pipkin, Dandelion, Speedwell, Blackberry, Silver, Buckthorn, Holly, Bluebell and Strawberry. Each and everyone of them has their individual characteristics and I found that I actually cared quite a lot what happened to them, and got quite emotional at certain points in the story.

Although this dubbed a children's novel, I found it to be quite complex at times and also quite gruesome and horrifying in parts, which I could imagine may be quite disturbing for younger readers.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect book 25 Nov 2006
Format:Paperback
When I was around fifteen my parents and I had this deal where for every "classic" book I bought (and read), they would buy me the usual books I would tend to (Stephen King, Chistopher Pike, in fact, anything with blood and gore). Watership Down was one of classics I bought to keep them happy. However, despite the attitude I had to sitting down to reading this "book about rabbits," it didn't take long for me fall in love with this book. Hard.

I couldn't agree more with the reviewer who talked about the goosebumps he feels every times he reads the opening lines "The primroses were over." The whole book is truely sensational and a classic for a reason.

An amazing, emotive, and beatifully written read. I am now 23, still a fan of blood, gore and all things violent and it's still, by quite a long way, my favourite book - the only close contenders being the Dark Materials Trilogy.

Kudos to your genius, Richard Adams, for making a "book about rabbits" one of the all time greats
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all-time favourite 2 April 2010
By Helen S VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I first read Watership Down when I was about 10 years old. It immediately became my favourite book and I've re-read it many times over the years. I know some people may consider a book about talking rabbits to be silly and childish, but Watership Down is not really a 'children's book'. It's one of those books that can be enjoyed on different levels by people of all ages. In fact, the writing style and vocabulary used in this book is of a higher standard than many 'adult' books. It's also not just 'a book about rabbits' - it's a book about friendship, leadership, freedom, adventure, happiness, sadness and so much more.

Hazel and his brother Fiver are two young rabbits living in the peaceful Sandleford Warren. When Fiver has a premonition that the warren is going to be destroyed, he convinces Hazel and several of their friends to embark on an epic journey to find a new home. During their search for Fiver's 'safe, high place', they encounter a number of problems and dangers including humans, predators and even other rabbits. The biggest obstacle of all, however, comes with the realisation that as the group consists solely of male rabbits, they urgently need to find some females - this leads to a daring attempt to rescue some does from the overcrowded enemy warren of Efrafa...

Hazel and his friends are not cute little bunnies. They are intelligent, resourceful animals capable of solving almost any problem that is thrown at them. When faced with having to cross a river, for example, they observe that a plank of wood is floating on the surface of the water and they figure out how to use it as a raft. The rabbits are given such human thoughts and emotions that you can easily forget they're actually not human!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 3 May 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
A fantastic story lovingly brought to life. Andrew Sachs is a wonderful reader, and gives each character life.The music in this is lovely, and adds to the drama. It is a pity that its been abridged, but this has to be one of the best audiobooks ever! Buy it!
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest book and film ever written. 11 May 2004
Format:Paperback
"The primroses were over. Towards the edge of the wood, where the ground became open..." - Richard Adams, Watership Down.
The title about says it all. I have cried at this book more often than I can remember; I get a shiver up my spine just hearing those opening words. I currently have four copies of the book, in varying states of disrepair, and on VHS video and DVD. There is just no other book like it. I apologise for the bad writing of this review, but it is impossible to be even slightly objective about something which has affected you so much growing up. By the age of 12 or 13, I had already read it numerous times.
Adams' simply gorgeous description of the countryside and the true beauty of the world is fantastically balanced with the grim and evil reality the humans bring to the world of the rabbits. I cannot quite place why I love this book, it is just something which exists so perfectly in your soul. If you are sitting on a crowded commuter train, or you are on the eve of a fated deadline, or more down in the dumps than you have ever been, you can pick up Watership Down and immediately escape into a world where the only things that matter are survival and the bonds you make with close friends going through traumatic and dangerous experiences. These rabbits do not know of human "troubles", and this is what makes this story so appealing: the INNOCENCE of it all. The pure pleasure of not caring.
The film has much the same effect, however I do feel it focuses on a different part of the story. The portrayal of Fiver's troubled mind is often chilling, and I would not recommend the film for very young children (as I know it scared me when I was younger!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rabbits who would have thought
An excellent story and one that I vaguely remembered reading many years ago at school. Reminisce and enjoy
the book and remember those thrilling tales
Published 1 day ago by mark mcmanus
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
Bought the book. Loved it so much has to get the film too. Now the whole family have read it.
Published 20 days ago by DB
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascist rabbits. Yes, really
I first read this 40-odd years ago and thought it terrific. In the same way that, 15 minutes into a really good animated fllm you forget you're watching a cartoon, here likewise... Read more
Published 28 days ago by schlockhorror
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Story
Brilliant book that holds your attention all through. This, however, was a present for my grandaughter and I hope she will enjoy it as much as I did.
Published 1 month ago by Sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book as a child and loved it. One of my favourite books of...
Read this book as a child and loved it. One of my favourite books of all time. Bought it again to read to my kids.
Published 2 months ago by Louise S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Watership Down is a fascinating study of leadership.
Published 2 months ago by Duvet
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
book was older than expected but still good to read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this book.
Quality on arrival was excellent, no complaints
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth G.
4.0 out of 5 stars I love Watership Down
I love Watership Down. I can't recommend the book enough, however, the conversion to e-book....meh. Some mistakes. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ms. A. J. Dorning
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
This book has been one of my many favourite reads,5 stars is definitely one to read For the price it is really worth it , a great read even for kids like 10 or 11 + , cus I'm 11
Published 2 months ago by pingupeppy
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