Monday, July 9, 2012

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

212 pgs, 1968.

I am not ashamed to admit that even in my late 30s I am a unicorn devotee. I have always believed in unicorns and all the teasing in the world couldn't change that. As a child, The Last Unicorn was one of my favorite movies. Today it doesn't rank quite as high as newer fantasy classics, including Stardust (which if you didn't know also includes a unicorn), but it continues to be a source of pure enjoyment.

So you can imagine my delighted surprise when I came across The Last Unicorn as a book. Yes, I know, I should have known or at least suspected it was from a book or short story, but the child in my heart was content thinking the stories origins were just as magical as the subject.

Needless to say, I happily immersed myself in the unicorn's struggle to find her 'people' and overcome the power King Haggard and the Red Bull. While I don't think movie adaptations have to follow the orignial text exactly, I'm delighted that this one pretty much does. Long live the unicorns!


  1. I love this book! I need to remember to read some more of Beagle's books, I enjoy his words so. And Stardust if of course lurvely, as well. :)

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    2. I saw both of your reviews when I was entering labels, so glad there's another "last unicorn" lover! I'm going to have to check out the graphic novel version and definitely find some more Beagle. :)