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Tales from Watership Down (Watership Down #2)

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,141 Ratings  ·  244 Reviews
Watership Down was one of this century's best-loved works of imaginative literature. Now Richard Adams returns, to tell us what happened to the rabbits after their defeat of General Woundwort.

Tales From Watership Down begins with some of the great folk stories well known to all rabbits. Then we listen in as Dandelion, the rabbits' master storyteller, relates the thrilling
Mass Market Paperback, 335 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Avon Books (first published August 5th 1996)
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Stefan Yates
Apr 27, 2012 Stefan Yates rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
Tales from Watership Down is a collection of legends and short stories that flesh out the history of the rabbits of Watership Down and continue their story after the events of the original novel. I personally had never read any of Richard Adams works prior to this (I have seen the animated film adaptation of Watership Down however, so was fairly familiar with the events and plot.) I was very impressed with how quickly I was drawn into Adams' world. His writing style is very easy to slip into and ...more
These stories were not bad. However, I had the feeling they were an effort on the part of the author to milk his classic and truly timeless fantasy one last time. My advice would be to skip these and re-read Watership Down.
Jul 19, 2012 Kristin rated it it was ok
This book was a big disappointment. Especially after the amazing book that is Watership Down.

The first half of the book is simply stories from the rabbits' mythology. And yes, they are entertaining, but it is very boring to have to sit through story after story with no context in the bigger story. Because for the first half of the book, there is no story. It was Adams saying, "Hey, I had more El-ahrairah stories than I could fit in the first book. I think I'll just throw them in this one.

Feb 13, 2010 Jeremy rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
I loved WATERSHIP DOWN; I enjoyed TALES FROM WATERSHIP DOWN. As the long-awaited continuation to Adams's original novel, it is only a sequel in the sense that it uses the same setting, motifs, and characters. Because trying to continue the plot of WATERSHIP DOWN would have been anticlimactic and, frankly, a crime, TALES reads more like a collection of rabbit folklore. The first part of the book is a juxtaposition of Adams's rabbit folklore mostly featuring the rabbit folklore hero El-ahrairah (b ...more
I would only recommend this book to people who have already read (and loved) the prequel, Watership Down, as I did. And even then, I can only recommend it with caveats.

The title is misleading. Only the second half of the book is devoted to Tales from Watership Down -- several new stories about Hazel-rah, Fiver, Bigwig, and the others. The first part of the book is comprised of rabbit folklore, legends of El-Ahrairah, Prince of a Thousand Enemies. I skipped that first half.

For WD fans, these tale
Tales from Watership Down begins with of the great folk stories well known to all rabbits. Then we listen in as Dandelion, the rabbits' master storyteller, relates the thrilling adventures experienced by El-ahrairah, the mythical rabbit hero, and his stalwart, Rabscuttle, during the long journey home after their terrible encounter with the Black Rabbit of Inle (as narrated in Watership Down) Finally, in the prinicipal part of the book, we are told eight enchanting stories about the rabbits of th ...more
This was worse than I remembered it, actually. Having recently re-read Watership Down, I was really struck by how lightweight and inconsequential the stories in this book seemed. Even most of the tales of El-ahrairah lacked the mythic quality that Adams was so adept at evoking in the original book. The one that bothered me in particular was the first story in the book, which tells of how El-ahrairah gained the sense of smell for his people. What really annoyed me about it was that none of the ot ...more
Jul 07, 2012 Nathan rated it really liked it
Remember sitting on your parent's bed, listening to stories from their childhood or of ancestors long since dead but still living in words? Adams "Tales" has a similar feeling to it. Like the Bible, it's narrative only coheres in a stretching arch from beginning to end. No single conflict drives the plot, only the recognition that we are narrative creatures and that we live according to the words of stories.

Except that the "we" in the novel is, in fact, a warren of rabbits.

Here, Adams asks his r
Cristina Montes
Aug 06, 2010 Cristina Montes rated it really liked it
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Sep 27, 2010 D-day rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tales From Watership Down is a collection of stories, that comprise not really a sequel, but more of a coda to the events of Watership Down. The book is divided into three parts, but really Parts I and II go together. They mostly contain stories concerning the adventures of El-ahrairah. The best of which is 'The Story of the Terrible Hay Making', as well as two other stories, one of which: 'The Rabbits Ghost Story' is very good.
The third part concerns some of the events following 'Watership Down
Rebecca McNutt
May 07, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing
I don't think that the timeless classic Watership Down could have continued any better; this sequel not only has a variety of legendary stories from the rabbit world, but it also fills in some gaps from the previous plot. If you're a fan of the first book, this is definitely a novel you'll want to read!
Oct 16, 2014 Nathan rated it it was ok
This book was crap. I enjoyed Watership Down so much that I guess I had higher expectations. I gave up reading half way through because the stories are terrible and it had a very different (half-baked) feel compared to the original Watership Down story. Moving on to something else!
Jan 11, 2011 Я. rated it really liked it
A pleasant dessert to the main helping of Watership Down, I was more than glad for this return to the rabbit warrens. I certainly felt like these short stories, despite Mr. Adams' refutations, were of an even more directly allegorical and didactic nature than the original book. Regardless of whether they were meant to be instructional or not, these little expansions felt like they were more than I deserved; extra but not extraneous, I suppose. The same literate, direct voice shines through in th ...more
Apr 08, 2009 Jenny rated it liked it
I didn't love it as much as the original, but was definitely excited to read more about my favorite rabbits. I think it would have flowed better if he had incorporated the stories of El-ahrairah into more character and plot development of the Watership rabbits. I really liked how he did that with the original book. I was surprised to know that Adams had written a sequel as he wrapped things up pretty well in Watership Down. However, this book sort of opens up a lot of new potential story lines a ...more
Jan 15, 2014 Kalen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm disappointed I can only give this book a 3 because I love Watership Down. I found part 1 and part 2 of this book lacklustre. The stories of El-hahrairah were OK but had the consistent same theme of fulfilling a quest and after the first few stories it became a little boring.

I really enjoyed part 3 which provided some updates on events that happened after the en of Watership Down. I really liked these stories and I loved revisiting old characters. However I found some of the time lines a bit
Ben De Bono
Jul 05, 2015 Ben De Bono rated it really liked it
It doesn't quite match the impact of the original novel, but it's a welcome and well-written return to the world and characters of Watership Down
Dec 30, 2015 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the second book for this month's book club read! More stories from the rabbits at Watership Down, also more rabbit fables! Great read very enjoyable!
Dec 06, 2015 Olivia rated it it was amazing
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Valentin Mihov
Jan 24, 2015 Valentin Mihov rated it liked it
Shelves: just-have-it Review

The original Watership Down is one of those wonderful works that appeals to readers both young and old. The story of a group of rabbits on an adventure into unfamiliar yards, farms, and fields made for an imaginative, captivating journey. This latest work follows the aftermath of the original's climactic ending and includes the rabbits' retelling of various myths associated with their rabbit-hood, plus some new twists and developments. This is a captivating introduction to Ada

Emily Becker
May 04, 2014 Emily Becker rated it liked it
For me this evened out to be about 3.5 stars. I think because I had read other reviews before reading the book, so I was aware that the first half was El-ahrairah tales before you get to more adventures with the main characters, and that they maybe aren't quite as amazing as the original story, so Tales from Watership Down wasn't a let-down for me as it has been for some other readers. This isn't exactly a sequel in the sense that it's another epic story, rather it's a collection of short storie ...more
Sep 08, 2013 James rated it liked it
I loved the original book, definitely 5 stars. This one was not so much a sequel but just a visit back to Watership Down to see what the rabbits were up to in between Woundwart's defeat & the end of the first novel. Nothing groundbreaking & definitely not as deep as the first novel, but it is a light diversion for some pleasant reading about characters we've come to love. Some of it works and some of it doesn't. If you loved the first book, then do check it out but don't expect too much.
Feb 21, 2015 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
I am sad now because there are no more tales for me to read of Hazel and bigwig and watership down.
Heidi Olivia
May 14, 2014 Heidi Olivia rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-read
As the title suggests, this is a slim volume of more rabbity tales.
Part 1 are additional tales of rabbit legend El-ahrairah - mythical derring-do's - the nearest human equivalent I can think of would be Hang Tuah. There were couple of stories told of his adventures in the original book (Watership Down) but I figure, some readers must have been clamoring for more. So here they are.

I personally prefer Part 3 which had more stories of the rabbits of Watership Down after the events of the first book
Aug 10, 2009 Jesse rated it it was amazing
One of the most purely fun books I've read since I was a kiddie. Each short story is a real page turner; a glimpse into a secret world of adventure, life, and death. Anybody up for a game of Burrows & Bunnies?

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Mar 08, 2015 Just_ann_now rated it it was ok
Shelves: from-the-fcpl, 2015
I did not enjoy this nearly as much as the original book. The stories describing the further adventures of the Watership rabbits were enjoyable, but the El-ahrairah stories, not so much. Overall, these seemed to lack the joyful vibrancy of the original book. How about trying some Watership Down fanfic instead?
Feb 16, 2015 Davis rated it it was ok
While the original work is a classic, Tales from Watership Down is an unnecessary sequel. The first half of this collection of stories had no point. They're short chapters that are another adventure of their mythical rabbit hero, but without the overall narrative to break them up the stories are random and disconnected. Each chapter becomes pretty easy to predict and when it's over there's no satisfaction. While in Watership Down the stories of El-ahrairah offered insight into the rabbit's cultu ...more
Nov 25, 2015 Menion rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
I only read the section of the book that dealt with the rabbits of Watershed Down, which was the last 1/3 of the book. That alone made it worth it. Sure, it wasn't great, but it was like when an old friend you haven't seen for years stops by, and you spend an evening catching up on the past few years. I was happy just to see my favorites, Blackavar and Strawberry, back again. Of course, the role of most rabbits in this is limited, it focuses mainly around Hazel and Bigwig. These were more like s ...more
David B
Oct 26, 2014 David B rated it liked it
This sequel to Richard Adams's masterpiece "Watership Down" is a very different book than the original and suffers by comparison. It is divided into three sections; tales of the rabbit folk-hero El Ahrairah, other rabbit folktales, and the story of what happened to Hazel and crew after the first novel. The folktales have a certain charm, but the part I was really looking forward to, the continuing adventures of the Watership rabbits, was distinctly underwhelming. It is prosaic and disjointed, fu ...more
Mar 22, 2008 Pje12 rated it it was amazing
When I first read this I thought it was just a nice little story about rabbits. Little did I realize that when I became more mature it would be an allegory of different types of governments. It's still a nice story about rabbits too !
Dec 25, 2012 Eyehavenofilter rated it liked it
Why did I read this? I don't know, I have no excuse. The original was not my cuppa tea, so what was I thinking? Hopefully that thiswould be better? Not really just moreover same... Bunnies with angst.
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Adams was born in Newbury, Berkshire. From 1933 until 1938 he was educated at Bradfield College. In 1938 he went up to Worcester College, Oxford to read Modern History. On 3 September 1939 Neville Chamberlain announced that the United Kingdom was at war with Germany. In 1940 Adams joined the British Army, in which he served until 1946. He received a class B discharge enabling him to return to Worc ...more
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