Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Watership Down - Under the Microscope
This is one of the cherished books from my childhood, and I recently had the pleasure of reading it to my daughter. She's seven, and she loved the story. And, what's more, I'm much older than seven, and I still loved it. Beautiful, heartfelt, adventurous, and full of stories within stories. Sort of Brer Rabbit meets Lord of the Rings meets 1984. This is book is still magical, though a few of the descriptions of the countryside are, shall we say, long. But when the rabbit Bigwig faces General Woundwort in one of the tunnels atop Watership Down, well, I still had shivers running up my spine. And it's a wonderful character novel, too, even if the characters have fur and whiskers.