Watership Down is Richard Adams' most famous book. It is the story of a group of rabbits who flee their home because of encroaching human development. The group that sets out is a hodge podge collection of personalities which are remarkably human, and that makes the characters believable and familiar. Along the way, they meet other rabbits, and other animals who either help or hurt them. On any long journey, stories help pass the time, and these rabbits love to tell stories! The stories all feature El-ahrairah, their mythical rabbit Hero. These travelers clearly gain strength and courage from El-ahrairah's exploits, and after all, isn't that what all good stories can do? If you read this book, and I hope you do, which character do you identify with most? Which story-within-the-story resonates with you?
An allegorical tale of survival about a band of wild rabbits who leave their ancestral home to build a more humane society chronicles their adventures as they search for a safe place to establish a new warren where they can live in peace.