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Tales from Watership Down

(Watership Down #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  7,357 ratings  ·  389 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
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Mass Market Paperback, 335 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Avon Books (first published August 5th 1996)
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Jennifer Wells The last 40% of the book is short stories about the Warren on the down. The first part is Dandelion telling El-ahrairah stories.
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Michelle
If you're thinking to read this be warned, its not really a sequel to Watership Down, its pretty fluffy compared to book one and doesn't particularly follow on from the storyline. In fact you don't even see our legendary bunnies until 56% of the way through.

The first 55% of this book is Dandelion telling bunny folklore tales which are cute but unless you are an actual rabbit (of which I aspire to be) its going to feel a bit pointless.

However once you hit Part 3 we meet up again with Kehaar the
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Kathleen
I 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 tales should be
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Kristin
Jul 19, 2012 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.

Then,
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Stefan Yates
Feb 01, 2012 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
Richard
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. ...more
Rebecca McNutt
May 07, 2015 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!
Obsidian
This was an enjoyable collection of short stories about the rabbits of Watership Down. We get to read about what they were up to before the end of the first book which caused me no end of tears. I honestly have to say that reading about El-ahrairah in the first story was fine, but after that I found myself getting bored. The book didn't pick up for me until we were following Hazel, Fiver, and the others who were setting into Watership Down.

I do think it was good to see how the rabbits were teste
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Midu Hadi

I liked Watership Down a lot. It has charmed generations of kids and I could instantly see why. This anthology, though, left me with mixed feelings. I enjoyed reading what the characters from the previous book were up to. So, those stories were fun. The shorts about the mythical El-ahrairah were boring affairs. If you pick up this anthology to find out more about the characters, I'd recommend skipping the latter and enjoying the former.
Jeremy
Feb 13, 2010 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
Doug
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
A great collection of stories from the world of Watership Down.

This collection is divided into three parts. The first part is a set of stories told by the first book's main characters. So, the characters appear before each story, preparing to tell and hear it. The second part is a series of stories divorced from the characters of the first book, following the adventures of the legendary rabbit that the reader is familiar with from the stories within a story in the first book. The third part is m
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Robert
Heavily relies on the reader having read the novel Watership Down prior.

The first two parts focus on the bunny folk-hero, El-Alhrairah and his adventures. The last part is a story sequence cum novella about events in and around Watership Down after the close of the novel.

If you hankered for more rabbit adventures after the novel, this is the book for you. I liked the folk tales more than the new adventures of Watership Down. As I've no doubt mentioned before, language, history and legend are pri
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Cáitín
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a story from my past and I loved the trip down memory land.

The Rabbits of Watership Down was my favourite story grown up as child, Richard Adams was a master at telling children stories I also enjoyed the cartoon of this book.

In this set of stories we get a different take on the older rabbits who have great stories to tell the younger rabbits.
Nick
This was a disappointing collection of short stories, some interconnected, which was not up to the standard of Watership Down.
Shelly L
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Truly, you can't go home again. Saw this whilst searching out a copy of beloved Watership Down to offer my son. Did not know it existed. Snapped it up in a fit of fevered nostalgia. Knew better, but oh, the adventure awaiting my boy bewitched me. Suspended disbelief, and suffered damage done. Attempts to expand on a brilliant work of art to meet popular demand are fraught with danger. As an example, see Screwtape Proposes a Toast, the late appendage to The Screwtape Letters at your peril. Or r ...more
Whitney
I read Watership Down for the first time last year and I fell in love. It's such a good book. So I was really excited to be able to pick up a copy of these short stories at my local library.

I enjoyed this, but not as much as I enjoyed the original book. The stories are broken up into three parts. Part I are the stories about El-ahrairah that all rabbits know (including some that were alluded to in the original book). Part II are stories about El-ahrairah and Rabscuttle's journey home from their
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NicholeReadsWithCats
I would only recommend Tales from Watership Down for those that read and enjoyed Watership Down. The first half of this book contains short stories from the rabbit mythology, many of which were referenced in the first book. They are only slightly entertaining and have no overarching plot.

The second half follows our original rabbits and their life after defeating General Woundwart. Better than the first half however even these felt rushed and lacked the magical feelings the first book elicited. T
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Joshi
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Was it as good as Watership Down? No, not quite.

Was it still good? Yes.

Gotta admit, there were quite a few themes/stories in this one that seemed like Richard Adams trying to address some of the "controversies" of the first book...and it was done quite heavy handed.

Nonetheless, it's more Watership Down by the man himself and especially after visiting the actual location it was great to read more about the exploits of Hazel, Bigwig, Fiver and company.

If you liked the original then give this one
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Louis
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tales from Watership Down by Richard Adams allowed me to have a final visit to the world of rabbits that I first met and loved in his book Watership Down.

The book is short tales. Some are stories of myth from rabbit culture “that all rabbits know.” Others are individual stories that tied together tell us more of the main characters we are familiar with: Hazel, Bigwig, Fiver, etc… It’s a pleasant book and the short nature of the stories nicely illustrates their world. If you loved the original bo
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Saturday's Child
Now I will have to read Watership Down.
Sophie Crane
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals
Love this book. If you loved watership down this is a must. Tales of el-ahrairah along with some of the sandleford and watership down rabbits.
Lori
Oct 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
The Characters from Watership Down are back. and they have more tales to tell. If you are a fan of the first book Watership Down, you may enjoy further stories with this book "Tales from Watership Down {Watership Down #2.I liked some of the stories more than others myself. But this one is pretty good.
Steven
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
D-day
Sep 27, 2010 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
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Kelsey  May
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There seem to be a number of slightly-sour reviews on here, so I'll toss in my opinion. I loved this follow-up novel. It felt like an extension of "Watership Down." I absolutely loved the stories of El-ahrairah and Rabscuttle and enjoyed the creative adventures that the rabbits of the Downs went through. And I particularly enjoyed the political statements in this book. I think it's well worth reading if you loved the original novel. Who wouldn't want to spend a little more time with beloved Haze ...more
Mauro Martone
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved Watership Down; I enjoyed this. This continuation to the original novel is only a sequel in the sense that it uses the same setting, motifs, and characters. Because trying to continue the plot would have been anticlimactic and, quite frankly, a mistake. This reads more like a collection of rabbit folklore and is perhaps a supporting extra in the vein that the Hobbit perhaps is to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.
Ming Wei
It was reading the Watership Down books, that influenced my own writing style, to use non humans as the main characters in my books. Loved this story, it is interesting to read about events after the 1st book, really enjoyed it.
LobsterQuadrille
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all fans of Watership Down
Anyone who loved the world and characters of the original Watership Down should read this sequel/anthology too. There is great variety in the stories here, and so any reader can probably find at least one or two that they really enjoyed. The tales range from the rabbits' legends of El-ahrairah to events the Watership rabbits experience after the defeat of Efrafa. There is even a nonsense story for good measure, which is one of my favorites from the collection.

I did like all of the stories her
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Rory Williams
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully written, moral lesson book from the perspective of rabbits but with a "go west young man," kind of spirit woven within.
Conchita Matson
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5. Not as good as the first one but nice to be back with Hazel and Fiver.
Raven Lucero
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, 1-owned
Not as great or heartbreaking as its predecessor, but still fantastic.

4/5 stars
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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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