Watership Down by Richard Adams

Amazing read. I had started to read this book back when it came out in my high school years, but I rashly dismissed it as a children’s story (which, on the surface it is) and didn’t really care to read about talking rabbits. (Animal Farm is another matter; I rather enjoyed it.)
This is an adventure story very hard to put down, and when you do, you look forward to picking it up again. I especially liked the rabbit folklore storytelling about the legendary El-ahrairah rabbit and his tricks.
It is a rather long book, but so is the rabbit’s journey from their home warren to ‘the promised land’ where there is peace & security and room to prosper. There are a few allegories throughout the book; various rabbit ‘governments’ that they encounter on the journey(some semi-good, some oppressive/aggressive) and their religion (so to speak) of Frith, Prince Rainbow and El-ahrairah.
My favourite characters are other animals: mice (with an Italian accent), a wounded gull (with a Russian/east European accent), dogs and cats and how the rabbits interact with them as well as a few humans.
If you haven’t read this book, I recommend it for readers of all ages.

James M. Fisher is the owner and editor-in-chief of The Miramichi Reader. The Miramichi Reader (TMR) —Canada’s best-regarded source for the finest in new literary releases— highlights noteworthy books and authors across Canada from coast to coast to coast (est. 2015). James works and resides in Miramichi, New Brunswick with his wife and their dog.

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