- Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date:
- 12 December 1974
- Modern & Contemporary
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What did I learn from this book? How a writer can take his knowledge of rabbits: their habitat, their senses, their reproductive habits, and hierarchy and integrate all of that with a convincing plot and characterization that holds the reader--you don't have to have an interest in rabbits. Adams creates that interest. I never looked at rabbits the same after this read.
Never in your life have you envisioned rabbits the way that Richard Adams portrays them in this book. They are leaders, followers, thinkers and most importantly heroes. They travel far away from their homeland warren and are just incredibly complex and interesting to read about. Some classics you read and you ask, why is that a classic? Others you read and instantly know exactly why it is a classic. This book is a true classic.
I did not want this book to end. I can, and will, read this book over and over again. The handling of rabbits as narrators never makes one feel as if they're being humanized. Rather, I started feeling slightly rabbity myself, so naturally are their behaviours and societies laid out. Adams writes beautifully, especially when describing the morning sun chasing shadows across the down, or the colours of twilight, or when weaving a tale of the rabbit hero, El-Ahrairah. Absolutely an all-time favourite.
It's been YEARS since I read this book, but, I remember that I absolutely loved it! The rabbits seemed so real and it was deep....you could really feel their pain, joys, and fears. I boohooed at the end. I definitely want to read this again. Definitely NOT a lighthearted shallow read.
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