Sorting through Dad’s hoard #11: Watership Down

“All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed.”

I don’t remember a specific moment when Dad first introduced us to Watership Down by Richard Adams; there was just a time before we started reading it, and a time afterwards.We must have first read it at some point either before or round about 1999, because we semi-avidly watched the first season of the animated series which had started that year, and compared it with the plot of the book.

The book was better, natch.

When first starting this story, I’m pretty sure I thought that it was going to be like The Animals of Farthing Wood (the cartoon; we never got around to reading the books – wait, there were books???) or possibly Beatrix Potter’s menagerie;¬†fairly anthropomorphic animals who must band together and be wary of the terrible humans.

My expectations were both fulfilled and exceeded.

How to describe this book? Words really do fail me. Handily for me in this busy season, the 1974 Puffin edition provides this excellent and informative preface!

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