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*Read Ebook Ø The Last Unicorn ⚼ She Was Magical, Beautiful Beyond Belief And Completely AloneThe Unicorn Had Lived Since Before Memory In A Forest Where Death Could Touch Nothing Maidens Who Caught A Glimpse Of Her Glory Were Blessed By Enchantment They Would Never Forget But Outside Her Wondrous Realm, Dark Whispers And Rumours Carried A Message She Could Not Ignore Unicorns Are Gone From The World Aided By A Bumbling Magician And An Indomitable Spinster, She Set Out To Learn The Truth But She Feared Even Her Immortal Wisdom Meant Nothing In A World Where A Mad King S Curse And Terror Incarnate Lived Only To Stalk The Last Unicorn To Her Doom This was one of the first satisfying fantasy reads that I found after The Lord of the Rings I read it when I came home from my first year of college, in 1970 For a long time, I felt like I was the only person who had read this book Then, slowly, slowly, the recognition for it began to grow The movie came out, so wondrously tied to the book and well it should be the author wrote the screenplay and I loved it almost as much as the book.All these years later, it is a pleasure to see it gaining the sort of acclaim it has always deserved Recommended for a read and a re read, and a read out loud Yes, it s that good. I shall write a real review but right now I can only think of one way this book could be any better. All the stars Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature 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 together unicorns and harpies, wizards and witches, dark hearted kings and brave heroes Its lyrical language is embellished with whimsical humor and given heft by bittersweet life lessons.A shy unicorn keeps to herself in her lilac wood, where time passes slowly, if at all, and leaves remain grain and never fall But one day overhears passing hunters grumbling that they must be in the forest of a unicorn Creatures that live in a unicorn s wood learn a little magic of their own in time, mainly concerned with disappearing and that this unicorn must be the last one in the world Unable to find peace after hearing this, the unicorn leaves her forest to try to find what has become of all the other unicorns, and to rescue them if they need it.Very few people recognize her for what she is as she travels mostly they see just a beautiful white mare, and try to capture her for all the wrong reasons A ditsy butterfly, who speaks mostly in quotes and bits of song, is one of the few that identifies her as a unicorn The butterfly in one of his few lucid moments tells her that her people have been herded away by a Red Bull.So the unicorn s quest continues and, despite her preference for solitude, she gathers a few devoted friends around her Schmendrick, a mediocre if not downright terrible magician with infrequent strokes of brilliant magic, enchanted to remain ageless until he can capture and control the magic hidden deep within him Molly Grue, a woman beaten down by her harsh life, whose heart and wisdom become indispensable to the quest A spoiled, soft prince who is inspired to become heroic by his love for the unicorn They have both adventures and trials And none of them will ever be the same again.The pages of The Last Unicorn practically turn themselves, as Beagle s imagination spins one memorable scene after another There s the shabby traveling Midnight Carnival of the witch Mommy Fortuna, who disguises ordinary animals to look like magical, mythic ones, but her caged beasts include one actual magical creature, the deadly harpy Celaeno The unicorn and her friends also pass through the cursed town of Hagsgate, where fruitful fields and financial prosperity are juxtaposed with the bleak hearts and faces of the townspeople, who know the curse will come home to roost at some point The Last Unicorn s pages are also filled with countless similes and metaphors You can t come with us We are on a quest His voice and eyes were as stern as he could make them, but he could feel his nose being bewildered He had never been able to discipline his nose.Molly s own face closed like a castle against him, trundling out the guns and slings and cauldrons of boiling lead And who are you to sayweIn the words of Dr Mardy Grothe, Beagle never metaphor he didn t like Occasionally it s a bit over the top, but overall I found his writing delightful Less engaging, at least for me, were the songs occasionally sung by the characters They weren t particularly inspired or inspiring, and I thought most of them were weaker links in the story But there are some delicious ironies, such as the prince trying and failing to win the heart of the lady he hopelessly loves by bringing her heads of ogres and dead bodies of dangerous beast, in classic conquering hero style And I was unexpectedly moved to tears by the ending.The setting is generally medieval, but Beagle throws in a few anachronisms, like the butterfly singing Won t you come home, Bill Bailey and saying I must take the A train, and a bored prince reading a magazine while his betrothed princess fruitlessly calls for a unicorn They re amusing touches, but they also serve to give the story a timeless feel The Last Unicorn is an inspired tale, a well deserved classic with unforgettable characters and profound themes The unicorn and her friends have enchanted readers for fifty years May they continue to do so for many, many.Initial comments I just finished reading Beagle s first draft of this book, The Last Unicorn The Lost Journey, and wrote a really great review for it but my FanLit editor has snookered me into rereading this book it s been probably 20 years since I last read it and writing a review of this one too And she s holding my Lost Journey review hostage until I cough up a review for this book J k but really this is kind of what s happening It s a tough job, but somebody s gotta do it.So I m on the road with a unicorn and an extremely mediocre magician named Schmendrick, and Molly Grue has just put in her first appearance It s like meeting a group of old friends I love it it s a real shame that as i was giving this book five stars i could hear in my head some of the many people whose opinions i don t ask for going oh, that tara, she s so spacey and mock able ha if they saw it, and then i think, well let s be sweet anyway so last night my dad and i were watching the jimmy carter documentary and were all oh, he is so awesome then the dvd player started acting up i grabbed another disc and put it in to see where the problem lay, and the dvd was The Last Unicorn as soon as it began my dad said whoa, i love this movie and haven t seen it in years let s just watch this and finish jimmy carter another time and so we did, and high fived when it was over and talked about what a fantastic movie it is, and how Peter Beagle is a sorta lovely writer.so when i got home, i was thinking how i ve been reading another awful book by one of a cabal truly, a devious cabal of writers of whom I constantly swear I will never read anything by again until someone says no, tara, you are an idiot, they are so amazing and relevant and just because you hate everything or have ever written or recommended on book jackets, you are full of nonsense so read this and then i end up wanting to wring my own neck for not listening to my own judgment yet again so i was all, oh man how am i going to read another hundred pages of this tonight, i need a break thus i came to pick up the last unicorn again after many such agains and it s just fantastic and great and written by a man who i think i would actually like if i met him and he would have a really long droopy moustache and little glasses and give me a thumbs up and then shoot off to the moon on a rocket yeah, the book is spacey and it s whimsical, and probably serious and relevant than another hundred page description of families on too many prescription drugs and psychoanalyzing themselves it s funny how some not all good writers get closer to telling what life is like by taking a step in the seemingly opposite direction and telling a completely impossible story and a story which brings real joy is worth its weight in gold is this really a review i don t think so but the book stands for itself, so i ll just stand up for the book.