Some lovely stuff in here. And some that wasn't so well done as the original book. A collection of short stories rather than a fully coherent narrative.
One thing that stuck out as glaringly not as good, was the story of Stonecrop, the escaped rabbit who smelled of man. It's handwaved that Watership Down has already managed to assimilate three hutch rabbits, bred in captivity - so why should they have such trouble with him (who was born to a wild mother), and why didn't Clover and Haystack argue on his behalf? And the ending is a bit of a deus-ex-machina too, although all ends up well.
The other stories are mostly better - whether the El-ahrairah stories (mostly told by Dandelion, with a couple by Bluebell) or the stories of how the Watership rabbits fared in the following couple of years, including the rapprochment with Campion's reformed Efrafa, the founding of Groundsel's new warren, Hyzenthlay as a co-chief with Hazel, and some interesting outsiders. Sadly the fear of Man by wildlife, running through several of the stories, is as well-founded as ever, and one thinks the author may be growing increasingly cynical - and who is to say that we do not deserve it?
- Capa dura: 192 páginas
- Editora: Random House UK (15 de outubro de 1996)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 0091801664
- ISBN-13: 978-0091801663
- Dimensões do produto: 24,1 x 2,1 x 16 cm
- Peso de envio: 558 g
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