He and his officers pursued them. He is cunning, brutal and efficient in battle. Yet they also believe in an afterlife. Their adventures are varied and engaging, both while they trek to the place they will eventually call home the eponymous Watership Down , and as they attempt to search for does to help re-populate their new warren from the militaristic Efrafa. At a certain point, though, the group has to run from the warren, with a doe named Strawberry Olivia Colman going with them. Hazel and the others grow defeated their friends never arrived, turning back to head home.
And it's a really good adventure story featuring rabbits, cleverly keeping their true rabbitish natures, and also imbuing them with characteristics we tend to assume rightly or wrongly are intrinsically human. Also, the author Richard Adams comes off like a kindly old man. There are themes of duty, fate, friendship and love. Then Frith said to El-ahrairah, 'Prince Rabbit, if you cannot control your people, I shall find ways to control them. They came to the same conclusion that tribal units have come to for thousands of years. There's a 3-volume work, The Masks Of God, it's wonderful.
Opening Shot: Using paper-like animation, the legend of the sun god Firth is given; he made 1,000 animals that would be the enemies of the rabbit, each with a particular gift. Much to my surprise, I was hooked. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed. Adams gives each of the rabbits a unique and interesting character from which much of the strength of this novel springs. Other times, his direction struggles to overcome the limitations of the animation itself. You can even gloss over them without missing a beat of the book.
For instance, from Hazel you can learn profound things about leadership. This is one of the most badass books I have ever read, and I have read books by and. He received a class B discharge enabling him to return to Worc Adams was born in Newbury, Berkshire. The parallels between Hazel and the legendary rabbit folklore hero, El-ahrairah, the Prince of a Thousand enemies, are not surprising, and the final scene of the book, lovely but quietly gut-wrenching, comes as no surprise. The stories are all told by Dandelion, a rabbit with a particular talent for story-telling — just as there would be a chief story-teller and recorder of important events in any tribal group.
Despite everything, she'd insisted that they go and bury him properly at once, which they'd done. Maybe that's why the story ends with both El-ahrairah and Rowsby Woof satisfied: the rabbit got the lettuce and the dog got to feel useful to his master. Every book is different for every person. I suppose the book can be seen as a cultural study of an imaginatively rich but realistic rabbit world. The personalities are underdeveloped yet no one can deny that this is not a work without a personality all its own.
From the first paragraph onwards, the style of writing indicates its focus group. There is Frith, the god and creator of all things, and the Black Rabbit of Inle, guardian of the underworld and the dead, as well as Prince Rainbow, King Darzin, and other characters. They were all so wonderful and such little hero's! For one thing, twenty or ten years ago is ancient history to a rabbit who packs all of his own adventures into, perhaps, three quick years. He seems to feel more comfortable fighting threats than running from them. I was in a great muddle at the time about my religious ideas, and trying to make sense of the cosmos. Prior to this book, I would have said not really. Watership Down was initially rejected on the grounds that older children wouldn't like it, since it was about rabbits - which they thought was good for babies, and younger children wouldn't like it because it was written in too adult a style.
The prose is too rich and complex for children; the concerns those of adults. He is a visionary with strong instincts and is quietly thoughtful. On the surface this is an engaging tale about a group of outcast rabbits who leave their warren at the promptings of one of their fellows who is able to foresee a great catastrophe on the horizon. Holly Holly is former captain of the Sandleford Warren Owsla. Well, I don't think there's any pro or anti-society in Watership Down, it's simply a tale.
That night, Kehaar leaves for his homeland, with the gratitude of the warren. This, for me, is a rather deep observation. Woundwort grew into an exceptionally large and aggressive rabbit. I thought the artwork and animation were a bit crude, though. So, now I've got another reason to go back to England, to track down the Down! Humans are feared the most, though that assumption is also cleverly subverted.