This is another one of the books I wanted to read for the From the Stacks challenge. (My second last, hurrah! Am partially through the last one, but won’t get it picked up again until I’m back home in the New Year.)
I don’t know when I bought this book, but it’s been sitting on my shelf for so long that I had forgotten what it was about and why I had bought it in the first place. Nonetheless, I felt guilty that it was sitting there, taunting me because I had never even attemped reading it.
Watership Down is about a group of rabbits. These rabbits leave their home because one of them has a premonition about the destruction that is going to happen to their home, and they go on a journey to find a place to make a new home. While not all of the rabbits get along completely at first, they learn to completely depend on each others strengths in order to get them through the journey and to start a new home.
I will admit to having a very hard time getting through this. I couldn’t relate to any of the rabbits, really felt rather indifferent to most of them, and characters are always what draws me into or repels me from a book. I think if I had read this when I was younger I would have thought it was charming because it was about animals.
As with The Silmarillion, the part that I really enjoyed was the mythology in the book.