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#171762 - 11/30/07 10:51 AM Re: List [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
Maven Offline
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Is it bad that I really can't recall how old I was the first time I read it? It was after Black Beauty, so post 3rd grade, but before I started reading Xanth, so before 5th grade. I read it over the summer, and kept rabbits, so of course they were all renamed.
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#171775 - 11/30/07 07:10 PM Re: List [Re: Bigwig Rabbit]
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The whole idea of Tharn is one of the many wonders of that book. I distinctly remember being shocked by the "dark secret" of the fat farm rabbits.

Richard Adams also wrote an epic called Maia, which was quite good, although not so good as Watership Down. I was disappointed with The Plague Dogs, one of the few books I never finished reading.
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#171784 - 12/01/07 09:22 AM Re: List [Re: Bigwig Rabbit]
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I, too, couldn't get through Plague Dogs. I've always said I would give it another try someday. I'd not heard of Maia, maybe I'll put it on my Christmas list!
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#171873 - 12/04/07 11:59 AM Re: List [Re: Bigwig Rabbit]
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Odd--The Plague Dogs is the first book that made me cry at the end of it. I've read Maia as well, but didn't enjoy it as much as Watership Downs.
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#171901 - 12/06/07 08:09 AM Re: List [Re: Bigwig Rabbit]
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I read The Plague Dogs a long time ago. I think the reason I put it down was that it was too depressing. It didn't seem to me that the story could possibly be resolved to my satisfaction. I've only not finished perhaps 4 books in my life for approximately this same reason, that is, satisfactory resolution seemed impossible.
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#171902 - 12/06/07 08:11 AM Re: List [Re: Bigwig Rabbit]
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Plague Dogs disturbed me too deeply to finish it. I was much younger then, so perhaps I could get through it now, but not sure I want to.
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#171923 - 12/06/07 06:08 PM Re: List [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
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Both of those I understand--it is not a light hearted read.
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#171931 - 12/07/07 02:49 AM Re: List [Re: Maven]
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I first encountered Watership down as a child of 8 years. I never read the book, but I recall clearly the images of the big screen flickering their reflections. The allure and fun of the cinema had promised a cartoon of adventure, and, a day off school.
I didn't understand what myxamotosis was, neither do I think did our teachers. But, it wasn't about that. What was it about? It was about the images I retained. The big bunny eyes, the fences, the characters, the music, and the heroes. For me it bridged the gap between 'Playtime' and 'Lunchtime'. It set within me a sense of empathy for animals for which I am grateful. It was talked about by my friends for weeks. And thought about by me for years.

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#171936 - 12/07/07 10:05 AM Re: List [Re: olly]
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oh olly, the book is sooo much better than the movie. (though, as I recall, they did a pretty good job with the film adaptation.)

and "Myxomatosis" is one of my favorite Radiohead songs.
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#171944 - 12/07/07 01:33 PM Re: List [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
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the book is sooo much better than the movie.
As is almost always the case. So much more depth in the books (not restrained by budget) A good story is always the key to a good movie. Not many write a novel based on a movie eh?

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