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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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.

May 13, 2014

I just read this for the first time and it is beautifully written. The plot is good and there are some classic and not-so-classic fairy tale elements in it. I recommend it to anyone who likes fairy tales or fantasy stories.

Feb 03, 2014

This is one of the most prolific and enchanting novels I've ever had the pleasure to read. I still re-read every few years because it always has some new wisdom or humor to share with me, depending on where I am in my life. The characters are very human and engaging, in a setting that asks its reader to think about what fantasy and reality really mean and how they apply to both “real life” and “ the stuff of legends and fairy tales” in ways both serious and humorous.

Honest and wise as it is captivating, The Last Unicorn is a wonder at any age and only gets better over time. A definite 5-star read ~ I hope you choose to give it a chance and enjoy all it has to offer!

Jul 05, 2013

I have fond memories of watching the animated movie as a child with my sister. When I re-discovered the novel last year, it was captivating to me as an adult.

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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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