You may here this book described as, “that well known children’s classic” and you may have read it in junior high or middle school, but make no mistake, it’s not a book for children. It is a dark work better suited for adults. Though the author did write it with the intention of it being for children.
Don’t be tempted to think it’s a quaint little book about a group of rabbits. It’s a dystopian tale of freedom, adventure, passion, pain, as the rabbits stumble into a police state. So, sure, for children.
Think of it as The Odyssey with rabbits.
This book is described thus, “A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for almost forty years, Richard Adams’s Watership Down is a timeless classic and one of the most beloved novels of all time. Set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of very special rabbits on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.
A book that speaks to our society as vividly as it did nearly half a century ago, this keepsake Scribner Classic edition showcases more than twenty sumptuous, evocative tip-in paintings from Aldo Galli, an illustrator chosen by Richard Adams himself.”
There’s a Movie
There are a few books for which the movie version is worth mention. This is one of them. Though I do think the book is superior in explaining the themes covered the animated movie presents a visual so unique and powerful that it does deserve a mention. I’m not sure I can call that mention a recommendation because the movie is rather disturbing to watch.
It’s full of horrifying imagery. There’s violence and blood and death. Just like the book it’s most certainly not something for children.