The BBBC: Watership Down
I know many of you thought you would never read a fantasy fiction novel involving rabbits. I hope you enjoyed this adventure with Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig, Captain Holly, evil General Woundwort, and the rest of the warren rabbits.
I like to imagine that animals have their own intricate societies and forms of communication. In a way they do, this author takes it much further though. I was swept up in their journey from their home warren, their adventures and discoveries, forming a new home on Watership Down and their trouble with Efrafa.
Hazel was a rabbit of vision, but at times his pride got in the way. By appreciating the talents and skills of other rabbits he made an excellent Chief Rabbit. By thinking outside of the box and helping first the mouse and then Kehaar, he forged friendships between species and helpful alliances. I liked the fact that Hazel was willing to learn, to try to do things rabbits had not done before, and enlist help when needed.
Even though this book is fiction, the author does use facts about the lifestyle and habits of rabbits(heehee, I could not resist a rhyme) from the book The Private Life of a Rabbit. I found it interesting that through most of their adventures it was the constant state of fear, not so much the physical exertion, that tired them out. Fear can become so overwhelming they become paralyzed by it and "go tharn". Hmmm...does this relate to humans too?
There are parallels between animal and human behavior which were interesting. One quote stands out, "Animals don't behave like men. If they have to fight, they fight; and if they have to kill they kill. But they don't sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures' lives and hurting them. They have dignity and animality." Bigwig, relating what Strawberry had tried to explain to General Woundwort. Let me just say, Efrafa is not the place for me. Shiver.
In all honesty, I skimmed the chapters about El-ahrairah, I could not really appreciate them. To me, the story would have been fine without them.
So, what did you think of Watership Down? In which warren would you fit best, Cowslip's, Watership Down, or Efrafa? Did you have a favorite rabbit? If I were a rabbit, I'd say Watership Down, would be ideal for me. No Efrafa, no way. Hazel is my favorite rabbit, but I admire Blackberry's cleverness, Fiver's sensitivity, Bigwig's strength and Pipkin's spirit.
Now it's your turn. Let's start the discussion. Anyone for lettuce?