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Book Information: Watership Down

Watership Down (1972) [Novel]
by Richard Adams Rating: Weighted - 8.5 / Average - 8.5 of 10 (137 votes) (Rate!)
Reviews: 7 (show them) Review!

Summary :

A picaresque saga about a motley band of rabbits who desert their ancient warren when the gentle Fiver predicts imminent destructions of all who remain. Led by Fiver's intelligent brother, Hazel, the refugees set out on an epic search for a new home.

Original title: Watership Down
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionChildren & Young AdultFantasyTalking Animals
FictionFantasyA BestiaryAnthropomorphic


  • Dedication: "To Juliet and Rosamond, remembering the road to Stratford-on-Avon"


Edition #1: Watership Down

Watership Down (1972)
Awards: Guardian Award for Children's Fiction (1973)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "A MASTERPIECE... A HOPPING GOOD TALE... Has the truth and beauty to be found in simple things." Business Week
  • "ONE GLORIOUS ADVENTURE AFTER ANOTHER unfolds before us, and all of it is fascinating, even thrilling, reading... Richard Adams is a master storyteller." New Haven Register
  • "I announce with trembling pleasure, the appearance of a great story." The London Times
  • "QUITE MARVELOUS... A powerful new vision of the great chain of being." The New York Times
  • "A NOVEL FOR JUST ABOUT EVERYONE... An instant classic. It's a book that has just about everything—depth, suspense, style, and substance." New York Daily News
  • "HAIRBREADTH ESCAPES... Adams is a master of menace and suspense, I read the last hundred pages at a gulp, heart thumping." New York Review of Books
  • "A TRUE, SOLID WINNER, AN ORIGINAL INVENTION, A TERRIFIC READ... In sum, a marvel, a wise and sunny book, a suspenseful epic that readers twelve and up are going to enjoy for a long time to come." New York Magazine
  • "A GREAT BOOK... A CLASSIC... This novel with inevitably compel you into its reality, replenish, and renourish... Do not miss this book." Los Angeles Times
  • "SPELLBINDING... MAGICAL... Should appeal with equal power to anyone who cherishes the world of nature or who savors a taut tale of suspense, hot pursuit, and derring-do." Chicago Tribune
  • "UNBEARABLY EXCITING... AN INTOXICATING AND BEAUTIFUL BOOK... A tale of adventure that has you cheering all the way... Joyous and imaginative... A paean to life." Hartford Courant
  • "WATERSHIP DOWN is just one of those great ones that every once in a long while lets us know that the universe has something really mysteriously great 'going' for humanity." R. Buckminster Fuller
  • "FANTASTIC... A fascinating chronicle of hope rediscovered through nature." Cincinatti Post
  • "A VICTORY FOR FREEDOM... Remarkable... Gripping... Totally credible." The Times Literary Supplement (London)
  • "EPIC DRAMA... VERY SATISFYING... Adams has spun an involved and involving tale... There is rebellion, temptation, migration, settlement, battle, romance, and internal mythology..." CBS Radio
  • "A PROPHETIC BOOK... A combination of history, mythology, and guidebook... Richard Adams has done something far beyond the simple weaving of an entertaining yarn." Commonweal
  • "A SPLENDID STORY, gripping and as wonderfully real as it is unreal." Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • "DELIGHTFUL... I have not read in many years a more enjoyable book for all children from eight to eighty." Bruno Bettelbeim
  • "SHEER ADVENTURE... Once snared, you'll be gripped uncompromisingly by a master teller of tales. And chances are you'll not recall nobler heroes than the rabbits seeking happiness on Watership Down." The Atlanta Constitution
  • "ABSORBING, SENSATIONAL, STAGGERINGLY UNEXPECTED... An extraordinary feat of sustained narrative." The Horn Book
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Manifested in:

Watership Down (2005)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: 0743277708
Pages: 496

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Watership Down (2001)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0060935456
Pages: 512

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Watership Down (1996)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: 068483605X
Pages: 448

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Watership Down (1976)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0380002930
Pages: 494

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Watership Down (1974)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 0027000303
Pages: 448

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