Watership Down

When I had a trusted friend tell me that he had a riveting, suspenseful book for me to read I was excited. When he told me that the book was about bunnies, I thought of ‘Thumper’ from Bambi, in some sort of Schwarzenegger movie with grenades and machine guns. However, the trust I have in my friend outweighed the ridiculous images I had in my mind of the Easter bunny as a pirate, or Bugs Bunny driving the van in a heist.

All that being said, ‘Watership Down’ by Richard Adams is an extremely suspenseful book that makes your heart-rate skyrocket while you bite your nails, and pull your hair in anticipation of the unfolding, brilliant plot. The tale is about a group of rabbits, primarily Fiver, a peculiar runt that has prophetic abilities, and Hazel, a good hearted rabbit thrust into a position of leadership. The two decide to leave their warren with a few others due to the odd supernatural feelings Fiver receives concerning the future of their home.

Their departure results

in a compelling page turner that effortlessly engages the reader. At face value, the story really only has events that you would imagine occur in the dull life of rabbits: finding food, mates, and shelter. But Adams has a keen ability to create a sense of desperation within the reader for the rabbits to accomplish this task and does so through his masterful character development. Each rabbit has their own distinct characteristics: some are eerie, some likable, some hysterical, and some downright frightening. The quirks, speech, and other unique qualities drove me to caring deeply for the outcome of Hazel, Fiver, and all of their peers.

There are also segments blended within the ‘Watership Down’ of the rabbit’s mythology and folklore that read as entertaining children’s stories. These elements mixed with the ‘Lapine’ glossary in the back of the book to help you decipher rabbit words for things like: tractors, badgers, and droppings, envelop the reader in a fantasy world that is actually a beautiful depiction of a real place seen through the eyes of wonderfully crafted rabbit characters.

Watership Down is a must read that I will proudly place on bookshelf number 4 of 5.

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The Weight of Glory

C.S. Lewis’ ‘The Weight of Glory’ is another piece by a brilliant thinker that challenges the reader to examine their own beliefs and practices in light of Lewis’ strikingly clear logic. It is difficult to pen point an overall feel for the book, as it is 9 independent essays compiled into one work. Lewis is mentioned in the same breath as several classical theologians and philosophers, but his true gift lies not in his ability of understanding the divine, but in having a remarkable grasp on what makes us human. The tendencies and compulsions we have as a fallen race are thrown into the concepts of war, pacifis

m, relationships with peers, theology, tensions between the spirit and physical realm, forgiveness, and more in ‘The Weight of Glory.’

If you decide to read this book (as you should) you will find yourself moved to pause after Lewis’ breathtaking prose, and if you’re like me,

stirring your almost sleeping wife to read her a quote or two that resonates in your spirit while simultaneously challenging you.

Lewis’ ‘The Weight of Glory’ is spectacular not necessarily because it introduces new truths, or that his practical applications seem sim

ple, but because Lewis had a gift unlike any other to assign feeling, passion, and purpose to a concept that you have probably always believed in while exercising his power to do so frequently in this masterpiece.

This one should be proudly displayed at the top of your bookshelf along with the other works thatgive you warm feelings merely by looking at them and remembering the volumes they spoke in their limited number of pages.