Today, Luke is contributing his shelf-talker for a book we’ve been reading together recently. I know most people read Watership Down when they were kids (lucky them!), but Luke and I both agree that adults should not write this book off as children’s literature. It’s a stunning book: suspenseful, full of lively, individual characters, insightful and satirical. Plus, author Richard Adams created his own rabbit language for the book. Oh yes, he did. Think Tolkein’s elvish only more adorable and with a lot more hraka (n:poop).
So without further ado:
Watership Down by Richard Adams (Avon Books, 1972)
What an adventure! A book for all ages, Watership Down is a tale of courage, friendship and suspense. Adams’ vivid characters and his fantastic, often humorous, storytelling left me hanging on every word. My wife and I chose this book for our bedtime reading, and despite initial doubts (Rabbits? Really?) and a slightly slow start (~50 pages), we were left short of breath during the book’s many twists and turns.
Thank you, Luke!
I’m curious, what are some of your favorite children’s books? Did you read any of them as adults? Would you?