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Publisher's Note:  

A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for over thirty years, Richard Adams's Watership Down is a timeless classic and one of the most beloved novels of all time. Set in England's Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.



Watership Down

by Richard Adams

Review Date:
04/24/2013

Recommended Age:
12+

Overall Rating:
*****

Profanity / Language Rating:
**

Violence / Gore Rating:
*****

Sex / Nudity Rating:
**

Overall Review:  

Watership Down is possibly one of the most fascinating books I have ever read.  The storytelling and writing is excellent, filling every page of the book with adventure, suspense, or mystery.  But the confounding thing about the novel is its wide range of appeal.  It was difficult to give a recommended age for Watership Down because it is a children's story written in an adult fashion, and this peculiar method works wonderfully. Almost anybody could read this novel and enjoy it. Redwall fans especially will love it.  As for Watership Down's reputation as an allegory, the author himself states in the introduction of my copy "I want to emphasize that Watership Down was never intended to be some sort of allegory or parable."  But it is easy to see how Watership Down could be mistaken for an allegory; its characters are numerous and distinctive in the roles they play, and the themes that the novel delivers about leadership, loyalty, and life are very powerful. Watership Down will delight all audiences, young and old!


Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  11 mild obscenities

 

Violence/Gore:  Several (animal) characters die by traps, predators, being shot, or being gassed, with varying degrees of description.  One character is shot but not killed and suffers grievous injury.  Two characters are severely injured in fights and have permanent disfiguration to their ears, one with some minor blood and gore.  Characters threaten each other on multiple occasions.  There are several frightening scenes.  There is a retelling of humans destroying a rabbit warren with a tractor, gas, and guns.

 

Sex/Nudity:  Rabbits refer to mating on a few occasions, no descriptions.



Mature Subject Matter:  

Independence, death.



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

None



Reviewed By Jackson
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