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Watership Down by Richard Adams
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Jul 03, 11

bookshelves: fiction, fantasy
Read from May 08 to July 03, 2011 — I own a copy

Charming and interesting tale that plays with concepts of society and the role of folklore and storytelling in establishing our individual and collective identities. I'll never look at rabbits the same way again, I'm sure.
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Richard Adams
“The rabbits became strange in many ways, different from other rabbits. They knew well enough what was happening. But even to themselves they pretended that all was well, for the food was good, they were protected, they had nothing to fear but the one fear; and that struck here and there, never enough at a time to drive them away.They forgot the ways of wild rabbits. They forgot El-ahrairah, for what use had they for tricks and cunning, living in the enemy's warren and paying his price?”
Richard Adams, Watership Down

Richard Adams
“Animals don't behave like men,' he said. 'If they have to fight, they fight; and if they have to kill they kill. But they don't sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures' lives and hurting them. They have dignity and animality.”
Richard Adams, Watership Down
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Richard Adams
“You know how you let yourself think that everything will be all right if you can only get to a certain place or do a certain thing. But when you get there you find it's not that simple.”
Richard Adams, Watership Down

Richard Adams
“They want to be natural, the anti-social little beasts. They just don't realize that everyone's good depends on everyone's cooperation.”
Richard Adams, Watership Down

Richard Adams
“There is nothing that cuts you down to size like coming to some strange and marvelous place where no one even stops to notice that you stare about you.”
Richard Adams, Watership Down

Richard Adams
“A thing can be true and still be desperate folly, Hazel.”
Richard Adams, Watership Down

Richard Adams
“Narrow lanes climb both slopes and come together in a great ring of elm trees which encircles the flat summit. Any wind--even the slightest--draws from the height of the elms a rushing sound, multifoliate and powerful.”
Richard Adams, Watership Down


Reading Progress

05/10/2011 page 53
11.0%
06/01/2011 page 130
27.0% ""But even to themselves they pretended that all was well, for the food was good, they were protected, they had nothing to fear but the one fear; and that struck here and there, never enough at a time to drive them away.They forgot the ways of wild rabbits. They forgot El-ahrairah, for what use had they for tricks and cunning, living in the enemy's warren and paying his price?""
06/12/2011 page 210
44.0% ""Narrow lanes climb both slopes and come together in a great ring of elm trees which encircles the flat summit. Any wind--even the slightest--draws from the height of the elms a rushing sound, multifoliate and powerful.""
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Ashley such a good book!


Eric Hoefler That's what I've heard. I'm looking forward to it!


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