August 20th Discussion: Watership Down by Richard Adams

A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for over forty years, Richard Adams’s Watership Down is a timeless classic and one of the most beloved novels of all time. Set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale is a heroic fantasy/political allegory novel about a small group of rabbits, possessing their own culture, language (Lapine), and mythology. Led by a stouthearted pair of friends, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society. Evoking epic themes, the novel recounts the rabbits’ odyssey as they escape the destruction of their warren to seek a place in which to establish a new home, encountering perils and temptations along the way.

At A Glance

  • 478 pages
  • 4.13 Goodreads rating
  • Fiction, Fantasy > Animals, Allegory
  • Publication Date: November, 1972


Event Details

  • Sunday, August 20, 2017
  • 1:00 PM EDT
  • Schuler Books and Music, 2660 28th St SE, Grand Rapids MI
  • We will meet in the studio directly at the back of Schuler’s, no purchase necessary
  • For discussion questions and additional information, view the Meetup event here


Why We Picked This Book

Watership Down hits five of our target genres for Better Off Read GR:

  1. Banned books
  2. Award winners/critically acclaimed
  3. Books that have been adapted into film
  4. Modern classics
  5. Bestsellers


Special Note: This is a GRPL Books By the Stack Selection! This book can be checked out from the GRPL for 6 weeks (one 3-week renewal is available). If you would like to request one of these special book club copies, please call 616-988-5400.

For those wishing to purchase the book, Schuler’s offers a generous 20% discount on our book club picks each month. The book is available at the Book Club table to the left of the entrance. Ask an employee if you have difficulty finding it.


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