Saturday, May 17, 2008


I have been reading "Watership Down" by Richard Adams for our book club. I'm about half way through the book and am enjoying it. There have been a few passages that have been extremely thoughtful, particularly when the little adventurers happen upon a warren that is seemingly paradisaical, yet is really a grouping of rabbits that have gone against their nature for luxury and are willing to pay the price of a farmer killing them off here and there.

"The rabbits became strange in many ways, different from other rabbits. They knew well enough what was happening. But even to themselves they pretended that all was well, for the food was good, they were protected, they had nothing to fear but the one fear; and that struck here and there, never enough at a time to drive them away. They forgot the ways of wild rabbits. They forgot El-ahrairah, for what use had they for tricks and cunning, living in the enemy's warren and paying his price?"

As promised in other posts, I am continuing the tradition of illustrating something from every book that I read. Here is the sketch I did of "Fiver", a character in Watership Down.



  1. I have wonderful memories of that book - which I read the year it was published. Still remember "silfray" when I watch little rabbits out on the lawn/fileds at dusk. Great tribute to "Fiver."

  2. My daughter is re-reading that book too. Perhaps it will have to be me next. I love the almost too-human look to the rabbit's face, captures the book perfectly. Also kinda creeps me out - lol!

  3. oh wow is all that i can say...isnt it a wonderful book...and what a wonderful illustration