Review: Watership Down – Richard Adams

Watership Down – Richard Adams


Title: Watership Down

Author: Richard Adams

Release Date: June 1972

Publisher: Avon Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 478

Source: School book

A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for over thirty 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 creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of friends, 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.

4 out of 5 stars


Hazel and Fiver are rabbit brothers living in a warren with many other rabbits. Fiver has visions and he tells everyone they need to leave their home because it will be destroyed soon. Not too many rabbits believe Fiver and they stay. Fiver and Hazel and a few others flee from their home just in time. The small group that left finds out that all the remaining rabbits they left were killed by humans. They know they can’t do anything about it, so they keep moving, They come across  a warren with other rabbits that are very strange. Hazel’s group knows something’s up, but don’t figure it out until it’s too late. They escape and start making their own burrows, but they realize that they don’t have any does. How can you start a warren with no females to produce offspring? The answer: you can’t. How does Hazel find does? What length does he go actually go o to get the females? The world may never know. Ha, just kidding. Just read this book. Once you get past the whole, why are there talking rabbits, thing the book is beautiful. This has easily become a favorite of mine. I really enjoyed the El-arairah stories too. I read this for my novel class and was very excited to read this because it’s my dance teacher’s favorite book. All in all I was very pleased with this book.


I only had talked about Hazel and Fiver in my plot section because I didn’t want to give too much away, but my favorite character was Kehaar. Kehaar is a seagull/random bird who becomes besties with the rabbits. Yes, I get that it’s weird. I understand. I love this book, but there are so many characters. So. Many. The characters also had multiple names just to make it more confusing, and there were a jigazigabillion rabbits. Yes I just made up a word. Cool, go me.

Who Would I Be?:

Definitely Kehaar. He’s a seagull with a German (? something like that) accent. I hate birds and am deathly afraid of them in real life, but reading about them isn’t too bad. Kehaar was just so funny. One of my favorite characters.

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