Tales from Watership Down Hardcover – 5 Sep 1996
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Praise for Watership Down
‘Stunning, compulsive reading.’
‘A whole world is created, perfectly real in itself, yet constituting a deep incidental comment on human affairs.’(Guardian) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
'Utterly captivating.' (PEOPLE)
'A return to the rabbit world so memorably conjured by Richard Adams in Watership Down ... Affectionate, compelling, and oddly convincing.' (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
'It's grand to see Mr Adams's characters again.' (The New York Times Book Review)
'An exercise in enchantment ... Adams is a master of characterisation and description – and his rabbit vocabulary is priceless ... Tales from Watership Down is the sort of work that can transport the reader to a parallel existence.' (The Baltimore Sun) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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I probably will not re-read this as I have the original work, but I don't think I should be comparing this novel to the original one in this review. This is good storytelling in-and-of itself and does not need to be put side-by-side with Watership Down.
The shorter tales are excellent quick reading, and make this an easier book to pick up and put down in our busy lives. Much of what the author is saying in these tales is incredibly fascinating. I was particularly drawn to the paradox that the man-smell, which the rabbits would generally use as a reason to outcast one of their own, is actually what saves the warren. The wisdom of the characters to recognize this is nicely woven into the tale. As with his other works, Richard Adams shows incredible insight into our natural world, especially that of community living animals. It is nice to see humanity in these creatures or, rather, theirs reflected in us. (I am not sure which is more accurate.)
This is a nice collection of touching tales that definitely have something significant to say. As long as readers are not expecting a repeat of the original book, I believe this will be an enjoyable experience. Just don't expect it to read like a sequel.
J.H. Sweet, author of The Fairy Chronicles
As there are separate stories in this book, not a one long story - it maybe doesn't grasp you in the same way, but it is just as philosophical and thoughtful as 'Watership Down' itself.
Read it with my son when he was about 7 - he had no problems with the book. However - we both LOVED 'Watership Down' - so any continuation was very welcome.
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