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Justin Hanvey

Richard Adams (1920-2016)

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Felt like this amazing, prolific, imaginative, eloquent, powerful, heartbreaking, beloved author deserves his own memorial here at Arts and Faith and not just a mention on Watership Down film's thread.

Many people will remember Adams as the author of Watership Down, and it is truly his magnum opus, but he wrote many great novels, one of the best, and perhaps least known being my other favorite of his, Shardik, about a warrior turned priest and a giant bear that the priest's people worship as a god. It's an incredible novel exploring faith and belief, doubt and religion, humanity and divinity. Definitely an amazing novel everyone should read.

Rest in peace Richard Adams.

Edited by Justin Hanvey

"The truth is you're the weak, and I'm the tyranny of evil men. But I'm tryin Ringo, I'm tryin real hard to be the shepherd." Pulp Fiction

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I admit to only knowing about him through reading Watership Down. I fear his passing will be neglected with Carrie Fisher's tragic death. This last week of 2016 has been hard (not to mention the passing of Leonard Cohen and Thomas Oden, at least for me two personally significant figures).


He finds no mercy

And he's lost in the crowd

With an armoured heart of metal

He finds he's running out of odd-numbered daisies

From which to pull the petals

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Watership Down is just a great, great classic - one of those novels which truly expand a child's mind and imaginative horizons.

The Plague Dogs has an element of interest for me, in that I've gone on half-a-dozen holidays to that area of the Lake District, and walked pretty much every acre of ground the story covers. Have to say I didn't really feel an emotional connection to the story, though.

I've often considered reading Shardik, but never got around to it yet. Maybe I'll do that next year as a tribute.

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The only book of his I've read is Watership Down, but I saw the movie version of Plague Dogs, and for some reason the final shot reminds me of Children of Men...


"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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