(Since I'm not a native speaker, my English is not perfect so there may be some mistakes in the text which I apologize for in an advance.
Keďže angličtina nie je mojím materinským jazykom, v texte môžu byť chyby, za ktoré sa predom ospravedlňujem. Nižšie nájdete slovenskú verziu recenzie.)
I’ve already seen few opinions about Watership Down which some said it’s a lovely fairy-tale for small children. Mostly, it’s not lovely, not a fairy tale either and definitely not suitable for small children. But still not a horror – it’s rather a beautiful book full of genius thoughts with a unique message.
Since 1972, over 50 million copies of this popular english classic have been sold. However, I hadn’t heard a word about it before and it got to me accidentally. The beginnings were hard but I’m glad I persevered because this thing is not going to happen to me again that quickly.
The main characters of this story are Fiver and Hazel – rabbits happily living in a warren called Sandleford. One day, Fiver gets a vision that an awful thing is coming and everybody is endangered. So Fiver and his brother Hazel then decide to visit a Chief Rabbit, who is responsible for everything, makes all the decisions and rabbits follow him; and tells him about Fiver’s frightening feeling. The Chief Rabbit mocks them, but they don’t give up and still try to escape the threat and run away to find a new home.
A journey like this also includes a few risks so these travellers don’t have a chance to avoid predators, moody weather, hunger and mainly people. They wander through the forests, fields and meadows and they experience one adventure after another. But there’s one question that has been haunting me from the first page – how does the story end? Do they find home because of which they sacrificed so much? Do they even survive?