By Richard Adams
Why this book?
I regret to say that I came across Watership Down later in life, but the book has left an indelible impression and I find myself thinking of it often. Specifically, the character of Bigwig left a profound impact on me and in no short part because of his loyalty to the band of rabbits at various stages of the adventure. When faced with the terrifying threat of General Woundwort, Bigwig did not hesitate to risk his life for his friends and even others he had just met. And in the heat of their travails, Bigwig’s loyalty extends to the downtrodden Blackavar, a rabbit kept prisoner and subject to sure death if left behind. Once more, Bigwig risks his own life in pursuit of purpose and principle. Bigwig’s character serves as a poignant reminder of the nobility of sacrifice for reasons beyond one’s own self-interest.
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