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allegory or parable - and I believe him - he at the very least was commenting on how human people can and do (and should) lead themselves. There are five kinds of government in
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War and Peace. I think Adams is also commenting on war, and peace. The rabbits of Watership Down go out of their way not to fight; they use trickery and cunning to get what they want, but only fight when forced to do so. Adams casts a harsh light on rabbit version of the military industrial complex that makes up Efrara; in the end, for all General Woundwort's warlike ways, war doesn't pay off for the Efrarans; in fact, it destroys their society.
Watership Down by Richard Adams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I've been listening to more audio books lately, and this was an excellent example. The narrator, Ralph Cosham, was incredible. His very male, very English voice was perfect for what is really a very male, very English novel.
I've read Watership Down several times over the years; I come away each time as enthralled as the first time. Adams attention to natural detail is incredible; his rabbits are real creatures, in the natural way, and also as fully developed and interesting characters. He's also a fantastic storyteller; listening to it (rather than reading it), I was on the edge of my seat, and even though I knew exactly how it would end, the sense of tension was amazing (and enjoyable). Adams hasn't written an allegory or parable (he says as much in his introduction) but he does have some lessons for humanity on war and peace, the environment, and the nature of government, freedoms and even civil liberties. A story about bunnies wouldn't necessarily seem to be so deep, but that's the genius of Watership Down, and explains its publishing longevity. This is the same world that Bambi inhabits; close by (but not next door) you may find The Wind in the Willows; I'm also reminded of Rabbit Hill (although Rabbit Hill has a cutsier feel).
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