Books, Documentaries, Reviews: January 4, 2014
The second audio book I streamed from the Maine library system was Richard Adams’ Watership Down.
I’ve always been a prolific reader, but I think this book fell into a period of my life when I was working a lot and had small children.
I think I was working retail, which included some nights. And I think I was tired as I was juggling a lot.
So, it was really fun to circle back and “read” this book while I quilted through this daunting Maine winter.
It’s kind of fun to see some of the many Watership Down covers that this wildly successful book has had: Watership Down cover – Google Search.
It’s even more fun to listen to the introduction where the narrator describes how difficult it was to get the story–written for the author’s two children–published.
I really enjoyed the book.
Why wouldn’t I? It’s one of those stories we in what we call “Western Civilization” tell ourselves over and over.
There is a foretold life-threatening crisis, and only a few of the “rabbits” take heed when the rabbit with second sight warns. There is a leader who is wise, thoughtful, and brave. There is a warrior who puts himself into situations where his life (and the good of the tribe) is threatened over and over. There are timid rabbits who rise to the occasion. The wisdom of tricks, not always brute force, wins out in the end Freedom is an issue here. Freedom and a safe “home” ground. The sacrifices of these few and brave “rabbits” ensure the well-being of countless generations that follow them.
What there is NOT is a female rabbit with more than a slightly supporting role. This society is fun by males, but males who cherish their females. Hmmmmm. And this story was written for two little girls.
I told my oldest grandson, who is already a deep reader, that I thought he’d love this book.
And he would.
And I plan to discuss the lack of a female role with him after he’s read it.