Watership Down–A Modern Classic That’ll Have You Thinking About Survival

An excellent book to add to your survival entertainment library is Watership Down, by Richard Adams. It’s this week’s DestinySurvival Pick.

The animated DVD version was my DestinySurvival Pick previously, which you can view here. But you’ll want a quality book, such as this one, when there’s no electricity or Internet.

Watership Down isn’t a cute children’s story. It may not be typical reading material for adults either. It falls somewhere in between, which makes it such an enjoyable read.

Just for fun, I read it a few days ago and loved it. It’s over 400 pages, but I can almost guarantee you’ll devour them quickly. The drama and suspense in Watership Down will keep you enthralled by its twists and turns.

If you’re not familiar with the story, or if it’s been a while since you’ve read it, it’s a novel about a group of rabbits who leave their home warren to find safety and a new life.

Adams weaves in language and mythology unique to the rabbits. You feel like you’re being educated while you’re being entertained. You can’t help but get caught up in the rabbits’ saga.

Fiver prophesies that danger and death is coming. His brother Hazel, Blackberry, Dandelion and others join him on a danger filled trek. They encounter enemies such as dogs, cars, men, and other rabbits.

One stop on their journey looked like a potential new home. But it proved to be too good to be true and nearly meant death for one of their band. As they ventured on, they suffered violence, bloodshed and death. They find their new home, but must engage in battle to defend themselves and secure it. An unlikely friend helps them greatly.

What makes the story realistic is the ongoing adversities that confront the rabbits. As with our lives in the real world, there are always obstacles which call for endurance and resourcefulness. The rabbits developed strategic alliances to further their cause. Loyalty to family and friends held their community together and built it further. Wouldn’t we be wise to learn from their example?

To get your copy of Watership Down, click on the book’s title wherever you see it linked in this post. That opens a new window to the page where it’s featured, and you can place your order there.

The characters in this wonderful novel may be fictional, but you have to wonder. If the rabbits can make it in a hostile world, why can’t we?


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.