Tales from Watership Downby Richard Adams
332 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by Lady Meriwen
Enjoyable and entertaining--a worthy sequel to Watership Down.
PlotRather than being a self-contained novel, this book is a collection of stories related to Watership Down. Part 1 is comprised of traditional tales, mostly about the rabbit-hero El-ahrairah; part 2 expands on one of El-ahrairah's journeys mentioned in Watership Down; part 3 offers stories of Hazel's warren after the battle of Efrafa.
MoralityAll of the rabbits - even their hero, El-ahrairah - seem to feel comfortable with telling lies and using violence when necessary. But they're also loyal to each other and compassionate to the downtrodden. One of the stories deals excellently with the problem of rebellion and disrespect for authority.
Spiritual ContentA doe taps into some kind of psychic energy which she describes as "a stream of knowledge". El-ahrairah confronts a fox using hypnotism transferred to him by a snake. As in Watership Down, the rabbits believe in a sun-god called Frith, who has created the world and is extremely wise, if not omniscient. They do not worship him, but they do pray to him.
ViolenceA cat is graphically attacked and killed by several rabbits. A rabbit has a disturbing vision of a giant wound. There's also mention of "ants burrowing into the brains of stoats".
Drug and Alcohol ContentThe men in the story smoke "little white sticks" - cigarettes.
Sexual ContentEl-ahrairah's favorite doe is stolen, implying he had more than one. A passerby mates with a doe without warning and leaves almost immediately afterward; this could be construed as rape.
Crude or Profane Language or ContentNone besides the occasional mention of passing hraka (excrement).
ConclusionFans of Watership Down will greatly enjoy this book. There's something there for everyone, from comedy to drama to sheer mythology.
"Tell us a story, Dandelion!"
|Written for Age:||13+|
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