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Watership Down was one of this century's best-loved works of imaginative literature. Now Richard Adams returns, to tell us what happened to the rabbits after their defeat of General Woundwort.

Tales From Watership Down begins with some of the great folk stories well known to all rabbits. Then we listen in as Dandelion, the rabbits' master storyteller, relates the thrilling adventures experienced by Al-ahrairah, the mythical rabbit hero, and his stalwart, Rabscuttle, during the long journey home after their terrible encounter with the Black Rabbit of Inlé (as narrated in Watership Down). Finally, in the principal part of the book, we are told eight enchanting stories about the rabbits of the Down-- Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig, and their companions--including the impact on the warren of the obsessive doe Flyairth, and the appointment of Hyzenthlay as a female Chief Rabbit and partner to Hazel.

All readers-- the millions who remember Watership Down with the deepest affection, and also those for whom this volume will be their first encounter with the rabbits-- will find these nineteen tales utterly compelling, the fruit of Richard Adam's spellbinding narrative power and ability to conjure up a world that is at the same time both real and unreal.


From the Hardcover edition.

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Tales from Watership Down
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January 23rd, 2014
"Enjoyable, though flawed" As someone who considers the original to be his favourite ever book, Tales From Watership Down, I'd say, is only a partial success. It was great to be in the company of Hazel and chums one last time, but it doesn't hold up to the original. This time around, the book is technically a short story collection, either detailing the lives of the main protagonists after the Woundwort-era, or further adventures with their rabbit God El-ahrairah. All the stories are enjoyable to an extent, but there are several that feel rather lightweight or somewhat bizarrely seem like they've been written by other people.Presumably it has also been aimed at younger audience as neither the prose on display lacks the style and depth of the original. However its still a immense pleasure to read and I don't regret picking up a copy. Just don't expect it exceed what came before.
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