“Watership Down is a book that kind of grows on you over time. This took me quite a while to read, since the beginning felt so slow to me. However, eventually I really cared about the characters, the plot, etc. Watership Down is unique in that it is a book about rabbits. Hazel and his brother Fiver decide to leave their warren (basically a city of rabbits) because Fiver has a kind of premonition-esque bad feeling. The book tells the tale of them leaving their old warren and eventually establishing a new one. What makes this book so remarkable is the way Adams took something well-known (ie:rabbits) and created an entire world. They have a mythology, a language, a hierarchy. It’s an entire culture in itself. It’s this, probably more than the plot, that makes this book a good read. Throughout the book, the characters tell stories centering around their mythology. They use their own idioms and have words in their own language for things. Adams creates an entire world, right under our noses. The characters are also a big part of what makes this book worthwhile. Bigwig, the tough, brave warrior of the group, immediately becomes likable. I also enjoyed Blackberry’s character for his wit and intelligence in comparison to the other rabbits. So, in conclusion, while it takes a while for the story to get into gear, it does eventually become worth reading. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it, since it’s hard to get into. However, for the persistent readers, it’s a good read.
Ashley E wrote this review Saturday, August 13, 2011.