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Watership Down by Richard Adams
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Jul 27, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: classics, lost-lit, young-adult, 2009, adult, fantasy, ms-rec
Read in July, 2009 , read count: 2

I've been planning to reread this ever since I saw Sawyer reading it on Lost. It was just as good as I remembered. Very well written with great characters! Clever rabbits! I didn't remember much about the storyline, so I enjoyed rereading it very much. I liked learning real facts about rabbits mixed in with an excellent fantasy story. I also enjoyed the stories the rabbits tell each other about their own mythology. If you haven't read this before, or if it's been a long time since you last read it, I highly recommend it!

One small thing that bothered me is that every man the rabbits encounter - until the farm girl and the doctor at the end - has a "white stick burning in his mouth." I guess that's how it is in the world of Adams' rabbits, but I got a bit tired of it. Also, the vernacular spoken by the farmers is very hard to understand.
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Tatiana I liked the book a lot, too. I was surprised to learn that Ursula K. Le Guin does not like the book at all because he made the mistake of leaving out the does during the move (when apparently does are always the ones who decide to build new warrens), and casting them in a very minor role when apparently real rabbit society is a matriarchy. He did this while still saying he used a certain book as his main source of information about rabbits, but never mentioned that the book delineated all this information about rabbit society which he ignored. I guess it's a feminist thing, but I do think it's wrong that he did that, now that I think of it. He just rewrote reality to write the female characters out of the story, but that's what's been happening in our society for thousands of years so maybe Richard Adams didn't realize he was doing it. Maybe he just did it innocently, as his culture trained him from birth to do. It's still a good story but I see her point, in a way.

Luann Maybe he did it to provide a conflict for his plot - so his characters would have a problem to solve once they got to Watership Down. Although once some female characters do enter the story, they aren't very strong characters. I think stronger female characters would have enhanced his story without taking anything away from his male protagonists.

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