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Last Unicorn e-book

Author:

Peter S. Beagle

Language:

English

Category:

Fiction

Subcategory:

Classics

ePub size:

1829 kb

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Rating:

4.6

Publisher:

Ballantine Books (October 12, 1970)

ISBN:

0345215036

Last Unicorn e-book

by Peter S. Beagle


First published in the United States of America by Viking Press, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) In. 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014.

First published in the United States of America by Viking Press, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) In. Reprinted by permission of Avicenna Development Corporation. First published in the United States of America in the October/November 2005 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, a publication of Spilogale, In. PO Box 3447, Hoboken, NJ 07030.

I read Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn for the first time when I was a university student – a long, long time ag. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn for the first time when I was a university student – a long, long time ago. It was a wonderful read. There were passages that left me laughing out loud, and passages that filled me with courage and hope. Beagle's writing is witty, playful, poetic, and beautiful. The thought entered my noggin (and where this thought came from, I still do not know – I hadn’t thought about this book for a long time) that I needed to read The Last Unicorn again.

The Last Unicorn is a fantasy novel by American author Peter S. Beagle and published in 1968, by Viking Press in the . and The Bodley Head in the . It follows 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.

Praise for Peter S. BEagle and The Last Unicorn "Comes alive and stays alive on bright intensity of imagination. -Tad Williams "Beagle illuminates with his own particular magic.

Peter S. Beagle’s classic The Last Unicorn turns fifty years old this year, and it’s remained in the public eye and continues to capture hearts like very few fantasies of its age. Like a fine tapestry, this gorgeous fairy tale weaves. Like a fine tapestry, this gorgeous fairy tale weaves together unicorns and harpies, wizards and witches, dark-hearted kings and brave heroes. -Ursula K. LeGuin "Almost as if it were the last fairy tale, come out of lonely

THE LAST UNICORN by Peter S. Beagle. The Last Unicorn may well join that widely read masterpiece as a book that speaks with a mysterious but tangible resonance to a receptive audience.

THE LAST UNICORN by Peter S. Flyleaf: A Fine and Private Place, Peater Beagle's first book, was written before he was twenty. armed already with the wryness of experience but brave enough still to venture where many of his elders might well fear to tread.

What makes The Last Unicorn unique is the way Mr. Beagle transcends the ordinary fantasy quest trope with his incomparable storytelling skill. The book is a triumph.

His charm, wit, and stylistic brilliance have gone into a work to which I will return often and with great pleasure. This is a novel and writer that should be read and reread. If there were a ‘ten best’ list of modern fantasy, The Last Unicorn would surely be on it. Fantasy Literature: A Core Collection and Reference Guide. What makes The Last Unicorn unique is the way Mr. The book is a triump. he writing is as precise and beautiful as mosaic tiles, as coloured glass backed by gold, sharp and glittering.


Gindian
You've probably seen the animated film from 1982. Rankin/Bass really knew what they were doing and the film remains one of your favorites to this day, almost 30 years from the first time you saw it. Somehow you never got around to reading the book. Maybe you didn't know there was a book. Maybe you got waylaid by stories of travel through a wardrobe, or you went on a quest to reclaim dragon treasure. Or perhaps you waited for a magic tollbooth to arrive. But now you've discovered the book. And what a sweet, short book it is (a little over 200 pages).

In this story, a unicorn discovers she is the last in the world. And she sets out to discover what fate has befallen the other unicorns. Along the way you will meet magical creatures such as harpies and enchanted bulls. You will also meet a magician, a prince, and the comic relief. And you will probably be singing the America song to yourself while you follow the last Unicorn on her adventure. And when it's over, the song will still be in your head, your heart will be a little bit heavier for having read this charming story and you may even find yourself wishing that you could somehow begin this book all over not knowing what is to come.
Fenritaur
So there is a bit of history with The Last Unicorn and myself. Aside from the fact that the unicorn is most certainly my spirit animal, I go way back with this story. My deep fondness and connection with Beagle’s timeless story was originally established as a result of the animated film that was first released in 1982 and directed by Arthur Rankin, Jr.and Jules Bass (who happen to be associated with many of my animated favorites). The now somewhat outdated but no less nostalgic music score by America and timeless animated continue to solicit feelings of excitement and love with each viewing. Yes, I own this and will actually be revisiting this evening since completing this graphic novel.

The graphic novel experience is magnificently summed up best in one word; stunning. The adaptation and gorgeous illustrations hold true to the original experience providing a delicious serving of fantasy at its best that I greedily consumed.

Looking at the story, this has been adapted well. Almost flawlessly if I may. We are presented with the same familiar, eccentric, endearing and occasionally terrifying characters. Our enchanting and somewhat arrogant unicorn is accompanied by Schmendrick the Magician and Molly Grue on a treacherous journey to face King Haggard and the Red Bull after discovering that she may very well be the last Unicorn. She seeks to find her own.

“I would know if all the other were gone.I’d be gone too. Nothing can happen to them that does not happen to me… But suppose they are hiding somewhere far away? What if they are hiding and waiting for me?”

This is a timeless tale of love and loss, of courage and growth. Full of hope and promise, it is perfectly presented with gorgeous illustrations that contribute tremendously to the elements of fantasy and magic. I leave the remainder of this beloved tale for you to explore on your own if you have not done so.

“-And then the brightness answered her with a bellow like the sound of ice breaking up in the spring!”

This is currently one of my absolute favorite experiences with a graphic novel. Each page was crafted with such care and a true feeling of love being poured into the pages. Combined with a heartfelt introduction by the author that explores just how this story possibly came to be and his own experience with comic books, this is will find a cherished spot among fans of the story and graphic novels alike.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Arar
I read Peter S. Beagle’s *The Last Unicorn* for the first time when I was a university student – a long, long time ago. It was a wonderful read. There were passages that left me laughing out loud, and passages that filled me with courage and hope. Beagle's writing is witty, playful, poetic, and beautiful. *The Last Unicorn* left me feeling heart-filled and sort of… nobler, I guess.

A few days ago – when I’d read up to page 100 of another book (one set during the Holocaust) – I realized I was too fragile at the moment to go on, and set it aside. The thought entered my noggin (and where this thought came from, I still do not know – I hadn’t thought about this book for a long time) that I needed to read *The Last Unicorn* again. And so I did.

And oh, it was perfect – the exactly right book for me right now! If you’ve never read *The Last Unicorn*, I highly recommend it. If you’ve already read it, I recommend you read it again. It is as timely now as it was when I first read it 40 years ago. I don’t know how anyone could read this little book and not come away from it feeling braver and nobler and more hopeful about the world.
Centrizius
I was very excited to read this as I love the movie and wanted to read the book that is the roots to the movie but I ended up underwhelmed with the writing and overall book. The writing for me was hard to get into and have already seen the movie, I felt that knowledge took out the joy of reading this as I knew the plot and what was going to happen. I feel that also took a way the enchantment and intrigue of not knowing what will happen. The writing style also just wasn’t my taste and was not captivating me into wanting more. Overall just did not live up to my expectations and the book was not able to hold my attention.

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