Saturday, November 1, 2014
Richard Adams, Watership Down
I especially liked the stories the rabbits tell each other, about the great hero El-ahrairah, the Prince with a Thousand Enemies. He is a trickster, and the stories are much like those of B'rer Rabbit and Anansi. But they are original and funny and I thought added a lot to the picture of how the rabbits see their world. In one El-ahrairah tricks a farm dog by offering him the chance to abase himself before the queen of all the dogs -- Dripspittle, her name is -- and the dog begins to wag his tail uncontrollably and say, "Oh, how I will grovel! I will grovel like no dog has ever grovelled before!"
If you have a long car trip coming up, especially one you have to share with children, consider it.