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The Last Unicorn book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. She was magical, beautiful beyond belief -- and completely alon. The Last Unicorn is a fantasy novel by American author Peter S. Beagle and published in , . He also mentioned that he loved the book The Colt from Moon Mountain by Dorothy Lathrop (a story about a unicorn in Kansas) as a child , and. “The Last Unicorn is the best book I have ever read. You need to read it. If you've already read it, you need to read it again.”—Patrick Rothfuss, #1 New York.


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I encountered the cover of Peter S. Beagle's fantasy novel The Last Unicorn years before I read the book. On the front of the Ballantine. The Last Unicorn is the best book I have ever read. You need to read it. If you've already read it, you need to read it again.”—Patrick. The cover of The Last Unicorn graphic novel adaptation. Like many of my generation, I first met the unicorn not in the pages of a book, but in full.

And none of them will ever be the same again. The unicorn and her friends also pass through the cursed town of Hagsgate, where fruitful fields and financial prosperity are juxtaposed with the bleak hearts and faces of the townspeople, who know the curse will come home to roost at some point.

We are on a quest. He had never been able to discipline his nose. Less engaging, at least for me, were the songs occasionally sung by the characters. But there are some delicious ironies, such as the prince trying and failing to win the heart of the lady he hopelessly loves by bringing her heads of ogres and dead bodies of dangerous beast, in classic conquering hero style.

And I was unexpectedly moved to tears by the ending.

The Last Unicorn is an inspired tale, a well-deserved classic with unforgettable characters and profound themes. The unicorn and her friends have enchanted readers for fifty years. Schmendrick, a mediocre if not downright terrible magician with infrequent strokes of brilliant magic, enchanted to remain ageless until he can capture and control the magic hidden deep within him.

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Molly Grue, a woman beaten down by her harsh life, whose heart and wisdom become indispensable to the quest. A spoiled, soft prince who is inspired to become heroic by his love for the unicorn.

They have both adventures and trials. And none of them will ever be the same again. The unicorn and her friends also pass through the cursed town of Hagsgate, where fruitful fields and financial prosperity are juxtaposed with the bleak hearts and faces of the townspeople, who know the curse will come home to roost at some point. We are on a quest. He had never been able to discipline his nose. Less engaging, at least for me, were the songs occasionally sung by the characters. But there are some delicious ironies, such as the prince trying and failing to win the heart of the lady he hopelessly loves by bringing her heads of ogres and dead bodies of dangerous beast, in classic conquering hero style.

And I was unexpectedly moved to tears by the ending. The Last Unicorn is an inspired tale, a well-deserved classic with unforgettable characters and profound themes.

The unicorn and her friends have enchanted readers for fifty years. May they continue to do so for many, many more. Initial comments: The Lost Journey , and wrote a really great review for it I love it! View all 10 comments. Feb 12, Tara rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 20 comments.

View all 8 comments. Apr 28, seak rated it it was amazing Shelves: I'll get straight to the point on this, read it, read it now. The Last Unicorn is a classic and not without reason. The third-person narrative centers on a unicorn who, believing she is the last of her kind in the world, sets off on a journey to discover what has happened to the others.

She encounters a host of diverse characters as her journey progresses, each of them bringing her closer to her goal. Wikipedia I thought I'd do this review a bit different than my normal routine and just l I'll get straight to the point on this, read it, read it now. Wikipedia I thought I'd do this review a bit different than my normal routine and just list the reasons for reading it.

I don't have any grand delusions of thinking that I can actually do the book justice. The Last Unicorn immerses you in a world of unicorns, harpies, witches, and magic. I once heard that if you don't just accept that life sucks you're not an optimist, you're an idiot.

One theme in The Last Unicorn reminded me exactly of this quote that I think is ridiculous. Life will throw things at you all the time no matter what you do.

If you don't learn to enjoy life through those hard times you'll always be miserable. This is exactly the mistake that is commented upon in The Last Unicorn.

You can hammer that out in a few hours right? I know lots of people get turned off by that sort of thing, but I thought it only added to the fairy tale atmosphere. But again, I realize that's not for everyone. Did I mention everybody's doing it? Peer pressure usually works on me.

View all 12 comments. Feb 18, mark monday rated it liked it Shelves: View all 35 comments. I think I saw the film for the first time when I was about 5 or 6 and I remember being completely entranced by it. I never realised it was originally a novel, not until now. Having read the book and re-watched the film after finishing it, I now know why it gave me nightmares.

This story is not for children. Anime lovers will know the struggle. But there is nothing childish about this novel or movie. Predictable, you say? The story centres on a unicorn who believes she is the last of her kind. She decides to leave the safety of her forest behind in order to discover what happened to all the others.

On her journey she encounters a variety of unique and memorable characters who support her in achieving her goal. The Last Unicorn is a classic for a reason. Although the movie follows the storyline of the book very closely, they are completely different in tone. The movie is very serious and somewhat tragic, whilst the book is a lot more of a satire with many funny moments in between.

And it is those satire elements, which truly make this book a masterpiece. Beagle takes fantasy tropes and puts them on their head. And he does it well, very well. A parody. The author goes so far as to make his characters acknowledge that they are in fairy tale. John Henry is another.

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Men have to have heroes, and so a legend grows around a grain of truth, like a pearl. It flows and keeps the plot moving at a steady pace. I never felt bored or discontent, the story was calm and suspenseful at the same time. The characters were phenomenal. Are you sick of seeing the same recycled types of people in classic fantasy literature? Well, this book will give you something else entirely. We have these typical fairy tale characters that are placed in very atypical roles. They provide comic relief while also delivering subtle social commentary.

They were incredibly self-aware.

It is all part of the fairy tale. The unicorn is proud to the point of being vain, Schmendrick overconfident, Molly Grue deeply regrets her lost youth, King Haggard is selfish and depressed, rather than one-dimensionally evil, and Prince Lir fails to see the difference between real heroism and posturing.

My last point is perhaps the biggest reason why I say that this novel is for adults or at least young adults. The themes. The mood is very melancholy at times.

Death is clearly depicted and discussed and the element of time and growing old plays a big part. Dreams do not come true. I am full of tears and hunger and the fear of death, although I cannot weep, and I want nothing, and I cannot die. I am not like the others now, for no unicorn was ever born who could regret, but I do.

I regret. Definitely not your classic fairy tale ending. Overall, I highly recommend both the book and the movie! They are completely worth it. It has been there for me to shine and shiver with its seashell light even in the deepest night. It has been there to remind me that great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, otherwise half their greatness goes unnoticed.

That you can't make real magic by offering up someone else's liver; you must tear out your own. And not expect to get it back, aye. It's been a song and a companion, a parent and a child I've tried to tell more here: For real magic, you would need a Unicorn. View all 3 comments.

Feb 22, Mayim de Vries rated it it was amazing. We must, who have none. We can love but what we lose - What is gone is gone. Dragons have been their own ultimate victims.

The same can be said about mermaids, elves, and, of course, unicorns. And yet, Mr Beagle, offers us a unicorn that is unlike anything you could expect: The last unicorn. What have I done here?! The sing-song language, the allegories, the metaphors, the poetry! The Last Unicorn is written beautifully, it flows, it flutters, it weaves around you like an amorous kitten.

I love this kind of writing style, and it is one of the reasons why Mr Beagle is on the list of my favourite authors. Even, or maybe especially when he writes a fairy tale. Nice stories we tell young children before they go to sleep? Tales about the love of a beautiful princess and a noble knight who is fully devoted to her?

Yes, there is a grain of truth in this, but one should not belittle the role of fairy tales because if you are receptive, they are something more than simple stories for kids. They have their own backdoors and extra layers of meanings that render them with moralising and educative functions. Also in the Last Unicorn the characters and their adventures can often be associated with "existing" heroes in other stories or myths. Finding such analogies was an amazing fun and interesting addition to the lovely story that Mr.

Beagle has presented us with. Quests may not simply be abandoned; prophecies may not be left to rot like unpicked fruit; unicorns may go unrescued for a long time, but not forever.

But most importantly, the story shows us that human life as opposed to immortal unicorns is fragile and too short to change something important in the mechanism on which the world is constructed. You can laugh and grieve over the fate and paths of the protagonists. You can smile as you cry.

This is the main magic of the Last Unicorn. In order to bring the reader closer to the feelings of his protagonists, the Author very often uses songs and chants. It is them, together with the aforementioned elements, that make up the amazing atmosphere of The Last Unicorn.

I think it is a must-read for fantasy fans of all ages. View all 28 comments. Feb 24, Robin Hobb rated it it was amazing.

This was one of the first satisfying fantasy reads that I found after The Lord of the Rings. I read it when I came home from my first year of college, in For a long time, I felt like I was the only person who had read this book. Then, slowly, slowly, the recognition for it began to grow. The movie came out, so wondrously tied to the book and well it should be: All these years later, it is a pleasure to see it gaini This was one of the first satisfying fantasy reads that I found after The Lord of the Rings.

All these years later, it is a pleasure to see it gaining the sort of acclaim it has always deserved. Recommended for a read and a re-read, and a read out loud. Yes, it's that good.

View all 4 comments. View all 13 comments. This is for all the fans of Red Bull! Sure, I feel a little haggard after drinking the damn stuff, and it also makes you blind and contributes toward a murderous rage toward all unicorns, but the drink does grow on you!

It's just a shame that it makes all the little girls cry. The fact that it stays simple and strong is a testament to its great writing. Better than that, howe This is for all the fans of Red Bull! Better than that, however, is the way it brings out the core theme of wonder and awe or how the searching for one's dreams can turn to either darkness or to light.

It's also charming.

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Not much else needs to be said except that this novel probably deserves all the love that has been showered on it. Well worth the read. View all 6 comments. You know what? I give up! I've been reading this for over two months and every time I picked it up I was so bored and confused. Maybe one day I'll go back and read it in a shorter time span, but idk.

The writing was gorgeous and the metaphors were nice, but I couldn't connect to the story at all, there wasn't enough of the unicorn, and it was just strange. It had this quality to it that was like The Little Prince where there seems like there will be some deeper, darker message concealed with a lo You know what? It had this quality to it that was like The Little Prince where there seems like there will be some deeper, darker message concealed with a lot of symbolism and loaded language, but I couldn't quite place what it was trying to do.

I was just so, so bored, which upsets me because I paid full price for this book, and it has such high ratings. I read this mainly because I've heard it's a fantasy classic, and felt I should. It was indeed magical, and read like a true fairytale with a unicorn and other mythical creatures, a noble prince with quests, a wizard, and an evil king.

I can see why it's a classic. I'm only giving it 3 stars, though, because the emotional connection and immediateness of more modern fantasy isn't there, and it felt like watching the story from afar.

A corrected, definitive English-language text was prepared for the Deluxe Edition and used also in the trade paperback 40th Anniversary Edition Roc Books , In , Beagle recorded an unabridged audiobook of his novel for Conlan Press. The audiobook is sold in three formats with varying prices.

downloadrs of this edition were to be sent a free autographed 3,copy limited hardcover edition of Two Hearts. It is slated to ship after Conlan Press can get enough "private funds" to manufacture them. Though beginning with a new narrator, four main characters from the original story appear again. The story is also included in the short story anthology The Line Between , published in July , as well the deluxe edition of The Last Unicorn that was published in Two Hearts won the annual Hugo and Nebula Awards as the year's best novelette.

At the end of December , Peter S. Beagle announced that he had written several new stories which were directly or indirectly linked to The Last Unicorn. These included three Schmendrick stories and three unicorn stories about a Chinese ki-lin , a Persian karkadann , and the unicorn that Dr.

Olfert Dapper met in the Maine woods. It will be followed by an adaptation of A Fine and Private Place. It describes the early days of Schmendrick's apprenticeship under Nikos. The music was composed and written by Jimmy Webb and performed by America. In addition, a live-action adaptation of the original book has been announced as in development for several years, but it is not clear what progress if any has been made towards production. In February , Continent Films unveiled a new official website for the project which made clear that the film was still in development.

In the new website, all actor names but Christopher Lee 's had been removed; and even Lee's involvement was revealed to be nothing more than a promise to appear in the film if he was available and if terms could be worked out with his agent.

In , a stage adaptation of the novel was presented by the Intiman Playhouse in Seattle. Peter S.

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Beagle wrote the script, which was a musical presented in collaboration with Pacific Northwest Ballet. The production was directed by Elizabeth Huddle. In fall , a new stage adaptation was presented in Chicago by Promethean Theatre Ensemble. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the film based on the novel, see The Last Unicorn film.

For other uses, see The Last Unicorn disambiguation. First edition dust jacket Viking, [1]. This article needs to be updated. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. January Main article: Two Hearts story. The Last Unicorn film. Retrieved Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition title for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.

Originally published in the monthly Locus , August And yet the secret of what happened to all the other unicorns lies with him. When you prefer the unreal to taking charge of your reality and making something of what's actually in your life, you're just pitiful, risible, beneath contempt, let alone sympathy. Sign up now. This page was last edited on 16 March , at Subterranean Press. He can barely maintain a retinue of a handful of aging men-at-arms.

Originally published in the monthly Locus , August Unknown depicted ; Gervasio Gallardo first paperback [2]. The Last Unicorn was meta before meta was cool. downloadrs of this edition were to be sent a free autographed 3,copy limited hardcover edition of Two Hearts.

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