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Book Thoughts: The Last Unicorn (Peter S Beagle)

Beagle, Peter S - The Last Unicorn


Title: The Last Unicorn
Author:  Peter S Beagle
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy
First published: 1968
Edition: Paperback, published in 2008 by Penguin

All I can think after closing this book is how wonderfully crafted this story was. It is whimsical, but wise, beautiful and kind of dark. This is a classic fantasy tale for a reason.

The Last Unicorn has elements of myth, fairytale and folklore and the tone of the writing is spot on. It never digs too deep. It always feels like a tale and I like that. I guess that is the reason I never felt like I quite knew the characters, neither Molly, Schmendrick or the unicorn, and yet I cared for them even if I did not quite know what exactly I cared for. This is one of those books that pulls you in anyway. Though it did not have me in its thrall from beginning to end it left me satisfied and happy.

I had been meaning to read The Last Unicorn for years and I am so glad I finally did so. This book is going back on my shelf and I know it will always make me smile when I see it.

5 out of 7 stars 


3 thoughts on “Book Thoughts: The Last Unicorn (Peter S Beagle)

  1. I’ve been meaning to read it as well. I got to speak with Beagle at DragonCon years ago, and he’s held a special place in my heart ever since. I did read his other book – The Unicorn Sonata. It was cool.

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