Book of the (Rabbit) Year of the Day: Watership Down.


So there was a Lunar New Year performance in school today, and something that one of the emcees (Dilys) said made me recall a memory from a long time ago.

I can’t remember what her exact line was, but it had to do with rabbits – it being the Year of the Rabbit according to the Chinese Lunar calendar.

In any case, the thing that came to mind was… Watership Down!

Is that a duck or a rabbit?

Yes, ladies and gents: since this is a Rabbit year and this is one of my most favourite books of all time, you must read Watership Down.

I’m not too sure why it left such an impact on me, but from what I remember of my callous and misspent youth, I read the text when I was much younger and more impressionable.

This, along with the fact that I practically devoured almost all of Stephen King’s books before I entered Primary Six, is why I turned out the way I am today.

I kid. (But I’m serious about the reading Stephen King bit.)

Jokes aside, Watership Down is a really great book that is not for the faint-hearted, as you can see from the screenshot from the film which is right at the top of this post.

But besides violence and gore, there’s also romance, religion, ethics, etc. – in other words, there’s something for everyone (except the Goths).

So make sure you read the book, even if it’s the only book you read this year. Then, and only then, will you be able to say that you have led a fulfilling life.

Or, at least, until I say so,

Happy Lunar New Year!

"My heart has joined the Thousand" tattoo.

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Laremy Lee

A versatile educator, writer and editor, Laremy Lee (李庭辉) has the uncanny knack of being one of the few among his generation in Singapore who crafts compelling stories in different genres.

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