The Last Unicorn

The Last Unicorn

Book - 1968 (1991 rinting)
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" 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 Times Bestselling Author of The Name of the Wind

Experience the magic of Peter S. Beagle's classic tale about a lone unicorn's search for her kind--hailed by The Atlantic as "one of the best fantasy novels ever."

The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone. So she ventured out from the safety of the enchanted forest on a quest for others of her kind. Joined along the way by the bumbling magician Schmendrick and the indomitable Molly Grue, the unicorn learns all about the joys and sorrows of life and love before meeting her destiny in the castle of a despondent monarch--and confronting the creature that would drive her kind to extinction...

Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin Books, ©1968 (1991 printing)
ISBN: 9780451450524
Branch Call Number: FANTASY BEAGLE P
Characteristics: 212 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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LPL_IanS Nov 19, 2020

After learning that unicorns haven’t been seen in generations, a unicorn leaves her enchanted forest to search for her missing kin. She’s joined on her journey by the bumbling magician Schmendrik and the jaded but kind Molly Grue. Imaginative, anachronistic, and melancholy, it’s a fantasy gem (an... Read More »

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Jun 16, 2021

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle is a fantasy novel that follows the story of the last unicorn on the planet. She embarks on a journey with a half-magician and an old woman. Together, the unlikely trio attempt to solve the mystery of the missing unicorns. The protagonist experiences many shifts in her being throughout the novel and as a result is able to develop feelings of empathy and understanding (things that no unicorn should ever be able to feel). The story is extremely bittersweet and tinged with feelings of regret, sorrow, and lost love. The Last Unicorn is a beautifully crafted story and is one of my favorites. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys fiction.

LPL_IanS Nov 19, 2020

After learning that unicorns haven’t been seen in generations, a unicorn leaves her enchanted forest to search for her missing kin. She’s joined on her journey by the bumbling magician Schmendrik and the jaded but kind Molly Grue. Imaginative, anachronistic, and melancholy, it’s a fantasy gem (and cult classic movie).

Sep 25, 2020

Recommended by Tor - Sarah Waites

Apr 17, 2020

I think there is more pressure reading a book club selection that one of your members (an English Major) considers her favorite book of all time. I wanted to love this book for her sake, but I didn’t. I only started liking it about halfway through. The dialogue was clever—with a few brilliant moments—but I found most of the characters (Prince Lír being the shining exception) flat and unappealing. I finished it because of the book club, but found myself simultaneously wanting more depth and explanation from the writer, and wishing the whole thing had ended sooner.

Mar 16, 2020

I heard bad reviews about this book, but when i read it for myself i thought it was incredible! The descriptions are so wild and creative that you do have to have a lot of imagination to picture the things the author describes, but when you do, there's this stunning abstract beauty in everything. The characters are interesting and equally magical. You should definitely read this book. The end is very sad, and made me cry, but it is still wonderful.

Apr 29, 2019

I'm surprised at how highly reviewed this book is! I didn't like it at all, and I'd be hard put to tell someone what exactly it's about. None of the characters were particularly memorable or well drawn, and most of their motivations were flimsy or unclear. If it had been any longer I wouldn't have bothered finishing it, it didn't hold my interest at all.

Nov 30, 2018

I cannot understand why this book received so many stellar reviews!? It was tedious, loathsome to follow and indeed herky-jerky as another one star review mentioned. Please don’t miss reading Tim Lovelace’s one star review on Amazon for that is the best one indeed, finally shedding some comedy on this dopey, botch job of a fantasy with ridiculously written metaphors such as, “where the air hung as shiny candy.” I couldn’t read past the fifth chapter I was so completely nauseated and thought I would scream if I read the name, Schmendrick, once more LOL. What a disappointment. There are many gorgeously written, what I term: high cholesterol fantastical books out there of which this tale takes no part. I’m glad I checked this out from the library firstly instead of wasting my money. The film adaptation is also another dimwitted endeavor.

May 30, 2018

I don't really remember the movie and had somehow never read this book before, but I really enjoyed it. It was a great original fantasy adventure.

Mar 26, 2016

Beautifully written and fantastically imaginative, this classic fairy tale is whimsical, funny, and, at times, surprisingly dark. A must read for fantasy fans.

Kereesa Dec 29, 2015

Well at least I didn't cry this time.

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JewelMcLatchy Apr 06, 2013

(King Haggard to his magician) ... In the past, you have performed whatever miracle I required of you, and all it has done has been to spoil my taste for miracles. No task is too vast for your powers -- and yet, when the wonder is achieved, nothing has changed. It must be that great power cannot give me whatever it is that I really want.

JewelMcLatchy Apr 06, 2013

Sometimes she thought if men no longer know what they are looking at, there may well be unicorns in the world yet, unknown and glad of it.

Jan 19, 2012

"I was born mortal, and I have been immortal for a long, foolish time, and one day I will be mortal again; so I know something that a unicorn cannot know. Whatever can die is beautiful-- more beautiful than a unicorn, who lives forever, and who is the most beautiful creature in the world."


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Feb 03, 2014

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.


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