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Tales from Watership Down Paperback – 26 Feb 1998
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The original Watership Down is one of those wonderful works that appeals to readers both young and old. The story of a group of rabbits on an adventure into unfamiliar yards, farms and fields made for an imaginative, captivating journey. This latest work follows the aftermath of the original's climactic ending and includes the rabbits' retelling of various myths associated with their rabbit-hood, plus some new twists and developments. This is a captivating introduction to Adams's warren for first-time visitors, and those who loved the original Watership Down won't be disappointed.
A collection of stories that tie in with the characters and events of "Watership Down". As the sun goes down, Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig and the other rabbits tell each other stories featuring the rabbit hero El-ahrairah, battles with weasels and flights from Man's destruction of the countryside.See all Product description
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Although while reading Watership I found El-ahrairah (a rabbit hero - trickster) intermissions ones I would try to read quicker, I fully enjoyed El-ahrairah here.
El-ahrairah stories takes two thirds of the book, but they make sense while depicting how it is to be a rabbit as well as discovering some or the other character of the warren, their relationship and daily being. Besides, they echo to aspects human experience, I guess rather inevitably, but thus compellingly.
I haven't finished my reading yet, but I do like it. I think Adams knows exactly what he wants to say and has a clear idea (though not always about things which are entirely clear), which results in good, up-to-a-point writing. And you have all the rabbits.
I reckon this reference might be handy rather to those who have read "Whatership Down" already, but then again it is most likely they will be the ones considering this. As was I.
I was however a little disappointed at the omission of a recipe book in the appendix.
The first half is made up of new El-ahrairah stories, which although perhaps lose a certain something when not told in the context of a larger story, I still found compelling, mysterious and poignant. The second half is about what happened to the rabbits in the time after moving to Watership Down, and how they deal with new situations and problems. Many of these stories are to do with leadership and how to cope with splits and divisions of opinion; so once again you get to see Hazel's fair and level-headed approach to conflicts and decision-making.
I found it really enjoyable to catch up with the rabbits I remembered from the original book, and to see them forging new relationships with other rabbits who have their own interesting story to tell. I'm not completely sure how interesting this book would be to somebody who is not such a big fan of Watership Down, although the stories are entertaining in their own right and don't rely too heavily on you remembering what happens in the original book. In any case, I loved it, and if you feel like I do about the original Watership Down then it's well worth a read.
And it is Part Three that forms most of the faults with this book, because it feels underwritten and and soulless. The tysle of the first two parts is written much like the stories of El-ahrairah were produced in the first book, but the same style is then used for Hazel's story. The writing feels completely different. It jars terribly for those who know the book so well.
Great for the kids aged 10 and under but for the adults, the concluding part is a little disappointing.
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