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THE LAST UNICORN [Mass Market Paperback]

Peter S. Beagle
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12 Jun 1982
The bestselling graphic novel of the adaptation of Peter S. Beagle's novel with art by Renae De Liz! Whimsical. Lyrical. Poignant. Deeply Moving. The Last Unicorn is a tale for any age about the wonders of magic, the power of love, and the tragedy of loss. A unicorn, alone in her enchanted wood, discovers that she may be the last of her kind. Reluctant at first, she sets out on a journey to find her fellow unicorns, even if it means facing the terrifying anger of the Red Bull and malignant evil of the king who wields the Bull's power.
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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Del Rey (12 Jun 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345300378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345300379
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 793,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The Last Unicorn' is lyrically beautiful... It's a merry, bittersweet dance Beagle leads us. -- SFX Magazine

The words which spin the web will assure this book a permanent place in your heart. -- Manchester Evening News --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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As a child I was enchanted by the animated film "The Last Unicorn." While reliving some of my childhood delights recently I was reminded of my adoration for the stirring cartoon that had lodged itself so firmly in my memory.
So at eighteen years of age I set about tracking down "The Last Unicorn" but, regrettably, was unable to find the video anywhere. However, while perusing Amazon I lit upon the novel that had spawned the animated film and was compelled to purchase it.
I can honestly say it was one of the best purchases of my life. Beagle's style was so crisp and descriptive, so utterly compelling that I found myself visualising every scene and unable to put the book down. I would recommend this book to anyone, it is an absolute masterpiece, essential reading for anyone who even casually browses the fantasy genre be they young or old.
"The Last Unicorn" has found its way into my heart and mind as my favourite book of all time. I felt each emotion laid before me in the text with complete empathy.
I can only say read this book. You haven't lived until you have experienced this tale of hope, pain, tribulation, and its bitter-sweet ending.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I've been searching for this book since I was seven years old, after seeing the wonderful animated movie, and when I finally found it, it did not disappoint. This is a wonderful tale of magic, fantasy, love and the last unicorn on earth, searching for the rest of her kind who have been kidnapped by the Red Bull.
Throughout this story, the author reveals much about his characters: all, from the Unicorn to Mommy Fortuna to Schmendrick the Magician all have a vital role, no matter how big or small, in the adventure and discovery this novel takes us on.
If you love unicorns, or fantasy, or a tale that will make you smile, cry, and entrap you with it's magic, The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle is the tale for you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most beautiful books ever 21 Aug 2005
"The unicorn lived in a lilac wood and she lived all alone."
Thus begins the story (told with great simplicity and magnificent poetry) of the quest of the last unicorn for her vanished kin and our quest for what is important in life as we follow the progress of the unicorn and her human companions - the failed magician Schmendrick, hurt and wronged Molly Grue, the dreaming King Lir and blighting King Haggard. After finishing the book, the world is sadder, but for that sadness a richer place.
Since my childhood this book has been my constant companion and special present to people who mean a lot to me. Although I read it first as a child, it is not only a children's book, but very much an adult book. There are so many layers to it, so much wit and wisdom in it that a child can never understand. It is also beautifully written, the language is poetry with startling, but apt images.
A book to be cherished for a whole lifetime.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming little book 25 Oct 2004
This book is pure magic. Half fairy tale and half myth, it's strange and fun and captivateing.
I recomend it to read to any child - because you'll enjoy reading ti as much as a child hearing it.
I recomend it to GIVE to any child. It's writing is simple enough for a child to read, it's story magical and fun enough to give any a lifelong love of fantasy and reading.
I bought this for myself for those very qualities - just as vallied for an adult to read before bed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Point Taken 14 Sep 2008
Peter Beagle's THE LAST UNICORN is always a discovery for me, however often I encounter it. Only with reluctance would I name the book one of my favourites, for it employs throughout devices I routinely find annoying in modern fantasy writing. Chief among these is an awareness on the part of the characters that they ARE in a kind of faerie tale and, as such, have generally defined roles they are expected to play. I prefer to lose myself in a story rather than be reminded continually that it IS a story. The 1982 animated film adaptation, though following the plot and dialogue of the book with unusual faithfulness, had problems of its own. Too often it tended toward the melodramatic, and some of the line-delivery could only be described as 'shrill'.

Yet it was the animated version I discovered first and, whatever the imperfections, I have re-watched it many times over the years. Clearly, something in it touched me as few films ever do. And I must concede that Beagle's novel is even more affecting.

Set in a world of vaguely mediaeval elements laced with what has been called 'intentional anachronism' and populated with towns and kingdoms that never were, this is the story of a solitary unicorn who learns that all others of her kind have disappeared from the world. She therefore leaves the security of her enchanted forest in order to discover what became of them. Not unexpectedly, on this quest she encounters various individuals whose destinies will be realized by how they help or hinder her. Yet there is more melancholy than magic in this, for few are pleased with what they gain. A bitter old man is what he is precisely because he has spent his life in a relentless and uncompromising search FOR lasting happiness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ' "I am the only unicorn there is" '.
I received this book, "The Last Unicorn", as a Christmas present in 2013. It's a brilliant read, and for someone interested in mythological creatures, it's right up my... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Stella Starnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
This book takes your imagination on a journey that's all kinds of wonderful. It doesn't disappoint. You need to read this!
Published 5 months ago by Ethan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This book is brilliant and it arrived here right in time. It is definitely worth the read and honestly amazon is the only place I could find it, as I loved the movie when I was... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mhairi
5.0 out of 5 stars At last...!
I bought my daughter the video of this book when she was about 7 - she watched it so many times she wore it out! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mallorien
4.0 out of 5 stars Poeticly Wierd
This is a very strange book that in my opinion starts well and tails off. My favourite thing about it is the name of the Wizard, but also the poetic style and some quotes.
Published on 14 Aug 2012 by Lordt
3.0 out of 5 stars Likely to be a joy for those who enjoy the marvels of the English...
I have seen the "The Last Unicorn" animated film many times over my life, mainly due to my younger sister having a slight obsession with it. Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2012 by Killie
5.0 out of 5 stars Quest of the unicorn
Peter Beagle's "The Last Unicorn" is one of the ultimate modern fairy tales -- the magical, bittersweet story of a little unicorn's search for others of her kind. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2011 by E. A Solinas
3.0 out of 5 stars Hardly enjoyable
It's been a long time since I haven't enjoyed a book in some way, with great sorrow, I say "The Last Unicorn" is that one. Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2010 by ManInsideTheHelm
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant
The Last Unicorn is the perfect mix of fantasy, romance, and adventure! I couldn't put it down, it's perfect for readers of all ages who enjoy running of into worlds of their own... Read more
Published on 5 May 2009 by Ms. A. Ashley
4.0 out of 5 stars There are two kinds of magic
The Last Unicorn is a fantasy novel, which reminds me of the 'Princess Bride' more than anything else. The narrative exists on several levels. Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2008 by Mrs. J. Proctor
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