Thursday, October 15, 2020

Watership Down

Title: Watership Down
Author: Richard Adams

A group of rabbits from a warren need to shift their base after one of them, Fiver, gets an extrasensory vision of the warren being destroyed completely. The more you are on the move, the more the dangers for your survival. So, the rabbits have to find their home soon. What's their danger? Well every possible thing- a badger, a car, humans, a dog, and what not. A rabbit named Hazel manages to lead them wisely. When they chance upon a nice human with a farm and who feeds rabbits, the rabbits in the farm invite them to stay. Fiver is the one to again realize that their hospitality is just a fair shot at increasing their own survival as the farm man feeds them, but also kills some of them for the meat. Hazel and his group escape the farm, and travel further to find their safe haven in Watership Down. The story takes the form of a pretty gripping survival novel. 

I was scanning something for a quick, light read, and chanced upon this book that I had. It seemed like a children's novel. But, when I started reading it, it was just rich allegory. The preface to the book disclaims that there was no intent of any allegorical meaning, and it was just the author's story for his own two young daughters. But, reading as an adult, it is very difficult to not draw those unmistakable parallels that Adams has definitely sprinkled all over. The story definitely incorporates a little of everything- hardships, loyalty, bravery, freedom, tyranny, and heroic deeds. 

This is a definitely lovable, enjoyable book for children. It was a really quick read for me, and unusual because it's been a long time since I read a children's book. But, what a classic this one was!  It's a simple story, and a nice one. I loved how the suspense was maintained and weaved into a simple story in the lives of rabbits! I really liked it. 

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