The Last Unicorn

, #1

English language

Published Sept. 5, 2008

ISBN:
978-0-451-45052-4
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4 stars (69 reviews)

The Last Unicorn is a fantasy novel by American author Peter S. Beagle and published in 1968, by Viking Press in the U.S. and The Bodley Head in the U.K. It follows the tale of a unicorn, who believes she is the last of her kind in the world and undertakes a quest to discover what has happened to the others. It has sold more than five million copies worldwide since its original publication, and has been translated into at least twenty languages (prior to the 2007 edition). In 1987, Locus ranked The Last Unicorn number five among the 33 "All-Time Best Fantasy Novels", based on a poll of subscribers. The 1998 rendition of the poll ranked The Last Unicorn number 18.

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reviewed The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn, #1)

Whimsical and Melancholy

5 stars

Content warning One spoiler, but not if you remember the movie

Review of 'The Last Unicorn' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I am horrified that I have never read this before. I can't imagine how many years of being able to re-read this I have missed.

I really, really loved it.

It is playful and dark and lyrical and melancholy. It ended just right and yet I wanted to know more. I considered flipping it over and starting it again, which I haven't done with a book since my beloved Watership Down.

I have seen the movie, but, as always, the book is significantly better. I'll be picking up a physical copy, which I don't really do much of anymore, just so I can make sure to have it on my shelf.

Review of 'The Last Unicorn' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I've long considered Peter S. Beagle one of my favorite authors, based on my unreserved delight with "The Innkeeper's Song", "We Never Talk About My Brother", and "Tamsin". Yet despite my years of loving his work, I've somehow never actually read his most famous work until now.

I wish I hadn't waited, because this was GREAT.

This was easily the prettiest book I've read in a long time, and I spent a lot longer selecting that adjective than I'd planned to, because I don't want to suggest that The Last Unicorn was somehow light or fluffy...except it was also those things. Beagle's work often feels dreamlike and ephemeral at first, but gains weight and reality the longer I'm away from it. I finished The Last Unicorn two days ago, and my appreciation for it keeps growing. This was really, really good.

Review of 'The Last Unicorn' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I am horrified that I have never read this before. I can't imagine how many years of being able to re-read this I have missed.

I really, really loved it.

It is playful and dark and lyrical and melancholy. It ended just right and yet I wanted to know more. I considered flipping it over and starting it again, which I haven't done with a book since my beloved Watership Down.

I have seen the movie, but, as always, the book is significantly better. I'll be picking up a physical copy, which I don't really do much of anymore, just so I can make sure to have it on my shelf.

reviewed The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn, #1)

Review of 'The Last Unicorn' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

To properly notice all the details I would probably have to read it again and I only saw the animated film once when I was already an adult and even that is years back so the story was new to me ....

I wouldn't have read it, if the humble bundle had not included it and now I am glad I did. A beautiful story and lovely characters. I just love Molly.

Also in the edition I have there is a great interview with the author and his editor! Must-read that!


reviewed The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn, #1)

Review of 'The Last Unicorn' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Wow! An amazing read. The words and the language that Beagle uses just comes to life and paints pictures on the page. Other than the Red Bull and Momma Fortuna's death early on, this is a great book for both children and adults.

I saw the Rankin/Bass cartoon ages ago. And while my sister's watched it endlessly, I don't remember too much about it. I do know that Peter Beagle wrote the screenplay for it and I do remember it being mostly faithful to the book, except (and this caught me by surprise) Schmendrick the Magician seems much more like a jerk in the book, instead of an aloof, clumsy magician.

A must-read for everyone.

reviewed The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn, #1)

Review of 'The Last Unicorn' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I remember this as a movie, along with The NeverEnding Story, watching at my cousin's house when I was very little. They were two of my favorites. I'm so glad I was able to get this book to read the story. I remember several scenes from it as a child. I thought the ending was perfect, that she returned to being a Unicorn, and all the Unicorns were freed. As an adult, I understand the tragedy involved in the love story that I missed as a child.

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