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5.0 von 5 Sternen Magisch!
Dieses Buch ist wirklich magisch. Zum ersten Mal gelesen habe ich es schon vor vielen Jahren, damals auf deutsch. Auch wenn die deutsche Übersetzung wirklich gelungen ist, so kann sie sich am englischen Original nicht messen.

Gerade im Original ist es magisch,fesselnd und hat für mich einen Zauber den ich gar nicht mal wirklich erklären kann...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good, but not Great
This book, long as it is, is a good read for those who enjoy animal personifications in a metaphorical sense, however, I personally, did not enjoy it. The plot, though well developed, took many chapters to reach a climax.. so many chapters that interest was lost. A book for some, but not for everyone/
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Magisch!, 3. November 2009
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Watership Down (Puffin Books) (Taschenbuch)
Dieses Buch ist wirklich magisch. Zum ersten Mal gelesen habe ich es schon vor vielen Jahren, damals auf deutsch. Auch wenn die deutsche Übersetzung wirklich gelungen ist, so kann sie sich am englischen Original nicht messen.

Gerade im Original ist es magisch,fesselnd und hat für mich einen Zauber den ich gar nicht mal wirklich erklären kann. Klar ist die Geschichte unterhaltsam, die Charaktere hervorragend, immer bezaubernd und realistisch,man verliert nie den Eindruck das es sich auch wirklich um Tiere handelt, Richard Adams hat es geschafft eine Novelle zu schreiben ohne die Tiere jemals wirklich "menscheln" zu lassen.
Dennoch macht dies alleine den Zauber nicht aus. Vielleicht muß man es einfach selber lesen um es zu verstehen und zu spüren.
Dieses Buch hat es verdient, mehrmals gelesen zu werden.Es ist so ziemlich das Einzige, welches ich öfters gelesen habe und ich werde es bestimmt immer wieder zur Hand nehmen.

Wer die Möglichkeit hat, sollte es definitiv in englischer Sprache lesen was nicht schwer fällt, da es im Großen und Ganzen leicht zu lesen ist.
Probiert es und taucht ein in die Welt von Watership down. Ihr werdet es nicht bereuen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen My favorite novel of all time., 13. Mai 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Watership Down (Taschenbuch)
The first time I read this book I was in the seventh grade. I am now almost thirty years old, and it still remains the most enjoyable novel I have ever experienced. This story has everything a reader would want in a bood; adventure, suspense, romance, and betrayel, all the while maintaining a certain amount of mysticism. Yes, the characters are rabbits, which may not seem credible to most readers at the start of the novel, but very soon into the story you begin to realize this is not just a tale about bunny rabbits. It is a tale about a small group of wanderers forced to flee the only home they've ever known. Once out in strange and unfamiliar country, they must rely on each others strengths and capabilities in order to survive and build a happier, sturdier future. Along the way, they encounter all kinds of enemies, from foxes and dogs, to man and all of his unnatural creations, to the mos evil enemy of all, that of their own kind. You will be forever moved and touched as you follow the adventures of Hazel, Bigwig, Fiver and their friends. I can't imagine anyone coming out unchanged after reading the incredible story of the rabbits of Watership Down.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The gift of rabbits and what they taught me, 28. Juni 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Watership Down (Taschenbuch)
When my sixth grade teacher put this book on the required reading list, I cringed at the thought of reading all 400+ pages of it. The talking rabbits I could deal with, but over 400 pages worth? Little did I know how involved I would get into the lives of Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig and the rest.
Ever since, I've read and re-read Watership Down. Every summer. For five summers now. And I've enjoyed it increasingly. As I took more history classes and studied human nature, I began to draw parallels between the lives of the rabbits and the different types of warrens with examples from real life and history. Efrafa is a dictatorship, Threarah represented those who were destroyed because they could not or would not change, and Hazel is a true leader. He could inspire his bunch of hlessil to keep moving, kept their spirits up, and always knew when to ask for help.
I will always be thankful to Richard Adams for this insight to humanity...through rabbits, no less. It revealed connections and character traits about real life that I undoubtedly would have learned but definitely much later in life. So I will continue to re-read my copy, all the while finding new nuggets of truth scattered around like the rabbit holes of Watership Down.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wunderschön, ernsthaft und poetisch., 28. Juli 2000
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Für mich fühlt sich das Buch an wie ein Streicheln in der Seele. Die Atmosphäre ist besonders in der englischen Fassung unglaublich dicht, kleine gereimte Einwürfe begeistern und menschliche Verhaltensweisen sind klug erkannt und in einem Rahmen dargestellt, der Herzklopfen machen kann...ich wünschte, jemals so gute Freunde zu haben und so zugehörig zu sein wie Hazel und seine Kaninchen auf dem Down. Meine Rezension ist unprofessionell, aber von tiefstem Herzen. Auf jedes andere Buch hätte ich zur Not verzichten können.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Changed my view of the world!, 25. Mai 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Watership Down (Taschenbuch)
Having just read it for the second time, Watership down is by far my favorite book. When I was a child my aunt brought over the movie version of this book and I was always facinated by the story and the mythology of the rabbits, but when I tried to read the book it just didn't interest me. So, a few months ago I decided to give it another try as an adult and I am SO glad I did. This is a beautifully written novel about friendship and trust between this group of rabbits and I love it for the story of their exciting and sometimes terrible journey to find a new home. But I also love this book for the way it changed the way I look at the world and nature. I was absorbed into the culture, the attitudes, the language and the spirituality of these animals and now everytime I look at nature I feel that there is a life there which I never realized existed before. Watership down is a must read for all people living on this earth. Afterward, maybe people will think twice about destroying the wildlife that share the land with us!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful Rabbit-lore!, 20. März 2001
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Watership Down (Puffin Books) (Taschenbuch)
Watership Down tells the story of a bunch of rabbits (Hazel and his brother Fiver, Bigwig, Silver and others) who are forced to leave their warren as Fiver's sixth sense tells him great danger is coming. As they look for a place to settle down, not only do they encounter many enemies along the way, but also other rabbits with different ways of living, and who can sometimes be particularly unfriendly.
They finally find an idyllic place to live: on Watership Down. As they settle down, they suddenly realise they've forgotten about something: females!
The story goes on to describe their raids to capture does and bring them back to their new warren. They first manage to get a hutch female rabbit from a nearby farm, but soon realise that just one female is not enough.
So they make for Efrafa, a warren not far from theirs, only to discover it is run by a certain General Woundwort, a tyrant who thinks of his rabbits as an army. In fact, these rabbits are prisoners, unhappy and unable to escape.
So Hazel, Bigwig and their friends devise a plan to rescue some does, risking their own live in the process.
From this brief outline of the plot and even from the cover of the book, Watership Down may look like a children's book. Do not be fooled: this book is full of violence and cruelty, not just between rabbits and their natural foes, but also among themselves. And you realise early on that, somehow like in George Orwell's Animal Farm, it's fundamentaly a critical view of our own human society, a way of showing us how we also can behave in a barbarous way.
Anyway, I think the book is still suitable for children who will love this great adventure, as Watership Down is aslo full of suspense and once you've started, it's "unputdownable"! Moreover, its characters are very interesting and well developed, and in the end it's extremely amusing, especially when these rabbits take a look at us human beings...
This book is not just for bunny lovers so hop along and get yourself a copy quick! And don't forget it's companion: Tales from Watership Down.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Adventure, Religion, Friendship, Meaning of Life, & Rabbits!, 27. November 1998
That's right boys and girls: this is one of the most insightful, thought-provoking adventures in literature to-day. Thru the eyes of the rabbit, we are able to re-evaluate the lives of ourselves as humans and the way in which we choose to live in our world.
The story is the adventures of a small group of rabbits forced to leave their comfortably mundane life by the evil human forces that has unfortunately also forced many of us humans to leave our comfortably mundane lives. The rabbits journey through unfamiliar lands, in search of a new home, food, love, and a meaning to their tiny lives, just as all of us do. En route, they are confronted by dangerous farmers, carnivorous predators, and unfriendly rival rabbits. They are also introduced to "bunnies" who are virgin to the ways of the real world, to whom they try to teach the ways of the woods, which every wild rabbit living in the world should know.
The characters of the story include those of wit, charm, love, courage, strength, honour, insight, intelligence, humour, and motivation. The brilliant personifications are made that much more enthralling in that they are given all the realistic entrappings of true-to-life rabbits. They rub noses hello; their tails twitch when something bad is approaching, they burrow their homes, they graze on the grass, and they have their own rabbit religion.
Perhaps the last is conjectury, but intriguing nonetheless. Yes, the rabbits have their own religion that includes a Jesus rabbit and his disciples. He is the one that so many stories have been told about, since he was the one who was able to connive and manipulate every situation to help his fellow rabbit and always win out against his enemies.
Nothing, I can say could further describe the brilliance of Richard Adams' novel and its analogies and insights into the lives of us humans. It is an intricately woven tale, with a creativity which cannot be matched. The only other thing, which i cannot stress enough, is that you read this book. Yes, you can get it from the library, too, but you might as well purchase it, because you will inevitably want to read it again and again, and then give it to your friends to read again and again.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hare-Raising!, 23. April 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Watership Down (Taschenbuch)
So, yes, its about a warren of talking bunnies on the move. Chances are if you can't get past the basic idea that the main characters are rabbits and that yes, dialogue indicates that they communicate with one another, then maybe fantasy and all its charms are lost on you.
In short, if you can't get past the idea of "talking bunnies" then not only have you missed the point, but you've also picked the wrong book. This isn't a book for those without imagination, and this isn't a book for children or those with a weak stomach.
What you SHOULD expect is a thinly disguised political commentary. You would be suprised how much rabbits and human beings have in common when looked at from the right perspective. And that's exactly what Richard Adams trys to do...put it in the proper perspective.
The book is about freedom, about forming a little home, or country, of your own, and of living by your own ethical standards. Its also about standing up to tyranny and evil. Heck, I forgot to mention, its a pretty corking piece of adventure with a lot of suspense and some pretty good action. Take the rabbits out and put humans in, and you've got a pretty good Cold War thriller or Revolutionary War story. Leave the bunnies in and you've got a tremendous work of fantasy that also delivers a tremendous commentary on human nature.
And its amazing how much we can learn about human nature from a bunch of rabbits.
What's up, Doc? Read the book!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Reading this book to my 10-year-old son has been wonderful!, 26. August 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Watership Down (Taschenbuch)
I do not think my 10-year-old son and I have enjoyed any book together so much since I read all of C.S. Lewis's 7 Chronicles of Narnia books to him when he was 6 years old. I think the Narnia books can never be beaten - but Watership Down is the first book we've shared since then that has come even close to Narnia adventures. One of your reviews notes that some TV-video-game generation kids may not relate to such books - NOT TRUE! My son loves his Nickelodeon and other TV shows, as well as all his video games and his various athletic and other activities. However, I know that any "spirited" and active kid who is fully attuned to all these modern electronic and other diversions still can savor a wonderful book like Watership Down when read aloud by a loving parent. We LIVED through Watership Down. My son read some of it to me while I was driving on a long trip - and I could hardly wait to know what was to happen next as I drove! The suspense was wonderful; we cried in many places; then laughed out loud at other parts. WHAT A JOY! I encourage EVERY parent out there to share this book with his or her child. We haven't read the sequel, "Tales," yet but will very soon.
Can anyone out there suggest similar experiences? We tried Tolkien right after Narnia, but it was scary at age 6 - maybe now, at 10, we can try Tolkien again. Any other recommendations (especially for boys?).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Let The Adventure Begin!, 17. Mai 2000
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This book is one of my all-time favorites. It doesn't hurt that I'm a rabbit lover, but there's more to this book than cute, furry bunnies. If you're looking for a fluffy book without substance, pass this one up. It's a great read and hard to put down once you start.
You can read this book a couple of different ways. You can take it at face value: a delightful book about a group of rabbits from their perspective. Their journey is filled with rich details: near misses, triumphs, and a tear-jerker for an ending. Adams peppers the book with words from the lapine language (didn't you know that rabbits could speak?). You can also look beyond the simpler story and look deeper at the symbolism that's intertwined into this story. Adams touches on many themes in this book (don't want to give anything away, but you'll know what I mean when you read it.)
I chose the former, but was always aware of the latter. No matter what, it's an absolutely delightful tale that I've already read a few times. Join Fiver, Hazel-Rah, and the rest of the gang as they band together to boldly go where no rabbit has gone before. Laugh with them, fear for them, admire their courage; this is a classic that should be a "must read".
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