Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Review: Watership Down
By Richard Adams
Genre Modern classic
Recommended by Book club
First sentence The primroses were over.
Fleeing the intrusion of man and led by the prophecies of his brother Fiver, Hazel leads a small group of rabbits to a new warren, facing many dangers and adventures on their way.
What it has going for it
Well, I'm the one who voted our book club read this one so I guess I'll just sound whiny when I tell you I didn't like it. Come on, people, it's a book about bunnies! Still, it was written well and not complete torture to read. The characters were very well developed with unique personalities that managed to make you care about them. Um, yeah that's about it.
Before I read the book, I read the introduction where I learned that the author did not mean for this book to be an allegory or parable and that it was just a story about rabbits. Um, yeah, there was some symbolistic stuff in this one. I'm sure whether the author meant it or not, his beliefs came through in the book. But, if he's going to say it wasn't meant as anything but a story then why the hell should I care about a bunch of dumb bunnies?! And if I'm supposed to feel bad about human effect on nature than maybe rabbits who are a complete nuisance weren't the best animal to use as the MCs. All that aside, my biggest problem with the book was just that I was bored the whole time.
Yea or Nay?
Many people like this one so, sure go ahead and read it, but don't say I didn't warn you.