The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle

The unicorns have all disappeared from the world, save one, who cannot accept that she is the last.

I know I said no fantasy for a while, but The Last Unicorn is a children’s books so it doesn’t count. I have long been a fan of the Rankin/Bass animated movie, but never read the book. When it showed up from BookMooch, I couldn’t wait any longer.

The Last Unicorn is not a tame book. It’s a fairy tale of the wildest and wooliest kind, as much about the journey as the destination. The plot isn’t neat, it’s sprawling, and Beagle lingers over every moment. The language is gorgeous, and I’m absolutely looking forward to reading this one aloud to Superfast Baby.

I can’t tell you anything more than “this is a story of the last unicorn” without being tempted to tell you the whole story from start to finish. So I’ll just leave it there, and exhort you to add this children’s classic to your library.

3 thoughts on “The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle”

  1. Have you read Tamsin by Beagle? I listened to it as an audiobook earlier this year and it’s a great story, too (although I highly discourage it as an audiobook – it’s read by the author, which doesn’t work when the main character is a teenage girl…). I actually purchased a paperback copy of it after listening to it so that I can re-read it at some point. I also have The Last Unicorn on my TBR pile…

    BTW, I found you through Dewey’s blogroll.

  2. I have it on my shelf and have yet to read it… with such recommendation as this, I think I’ll have to!

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