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Every once in a while, I read a fantasy novel that seems to move below the surface of consciousness, speaking to a deeper part the psyche. This book does that, crossing the border from fantasy to myth in a way that few contemporary novels even attempt. This is a beautifully-written story, doing everything that fantasy should do, especially one that borders on mythic. To quote fantasy author Ursula Le Guin, this novel “speaks from the unconscious to the unconscious in the language of the unconscious–symbol and archetype.” This is no superficial “Harry Potter” story. For one, the writing is much better. MUCH better. Two, the characters are more richly conceived. And three, the plot is not melodramatic: It is subtle yet moving. There is much beneath the surface of this text, and it can be read with enjoyment by both children and adults. This is not a sword-and-sorcery novel, nor does it involve political intrigue. The plot is character-driven and compelling, the prose is imaginative and surprising, and the narrative is powerful. There are elements of humor sprinkled throughout the novel, but like the story itself, they are effective for their subtlety. This has become one of my favorite fantasy novels, and I look forward to reading it again.
About the book “The Last Unicorn”
“THE LAST UNICORN is the best book I have ever read. You need to read it. If you’ve already read it, you need to read it again.” —Patrick Rothfuss, author of THE NAME OF THE WIND and THE WISE MAN’S FEAR
In 1968 Peter S. Beagle published his second novel, an oddly magical creation that was a heartbreaking quest, a fairy tale, and a spoof on fairy tales all at the same time. It is now recognized as a timeless classic of fantasy on par with THE LORD OF THE RINGS, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, THE WIZARD OF OZ, and THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING. To date six-and-a-half million copies have been sold in more than 25 languages, and in 1982 it was turned into an animated film that has won the hearts of tens of millions worldwide.
Now THE LAST UNICORN comes to commercial release in ebook format for the first time, as an Amazon exclusive.
This edition presents THE LAST UNICORN in its definitive author-approved 2007 text.
“Almost as if it were the last fairy tale, come out of lonely hiding in the forests of childhood, THE LAST UNICORN is as full of enchantment as any of the favorite tales readers may choose to recall… a delicate, sensitive, yet powerful rendering of all the intangibles that make a fairy tale unforgettable.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“The plot is a classic quest structure—an impossible goal, a motley company, heroes, villains, monsters, magic, desperate chances, bittersweet success. The last unicorn in the world sets out from her enchanted forest to discover the fate of her kin. She finds danger and challenges. She acquires companions. She battles evil, loses, suffers a form of exile [as she] becomes, briefly and agonizingly, human… 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…. the writing is as precise and beautiful as mosaic tiles, as colored glass backed by gold, sharp and glittering. Part of the wonder is the effortless way Mr. Beagle combines fairy-tale imagery with matter-of-fact modernity. He slides from heroic fantasy to laugh-out-loud funny: a sorcerer confronts an enemy with ‘demons, metamorphoses, paralyzing ailments and secret judo holds’; a prince rides home singing in harmony with the severed ogre’s head lashed to his saddle. The story has an intimacy and immediacy that captivates the reader. You don’t read this with the futile wish that such things would happen to you—you read it and believe, at once, that they could.” —The Green Man Review
—Peter S. Beagle was born in 1939 and raised in the Bronx, just a few blocks from Woodlawn Cemetery, the inspiration for his first novel, A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE. Today, thanks to classic works such as THE LAST UNICORN, TAMSIN, and THE INNKEEPER’S SONG, he is acknowledged as America’s greatest living fantasy author; and his dazzling abilities with language, characters, and magical storytelling have earned him many millions of fans around the world. In addition to stories and novels Beagle has written numerous teleplays and screenplays, including the animated versions of THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE LAST UNICORN, plus the fan-favorite “Sarek” episode of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. His nonfiction book I SEE BY MY OUTFIT, which recounts a 1963 journey across America on motor scooter, is considered a classic of American travel writing; and he is also a gifted poet, lyricist, and singer-songwriter. He has won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Mythopoeic Awards, along with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Association, and also France’s prestigious Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire.
Peter S. Beagle was born in 1939 and raised in the Bronx, where he grew up surrounded by the arts and education: both his parents were teachers, three of his uncles were world-renowned gallery painters, and his immigrant grandfather was a respected writer, in Hebrew, of Jewish fiction and folktales. As a child Peter used to sit by himself in the stairwell of the apartment building he lived in, staring at the mailboxes across the way and making up stories to entertain himself. Today, thanks to classics like THE LAST UNICORN, A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE, and “Two Hearts,” he is a living icon of fantasy fiction.
In addition to eight novels and over one hundred pieces of short fiction, Peter has written many teleplays and screenplays (including the animated versions of THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE LAST UNICORN); six nonfiction books (among them the classic travel memoir I SEE BY MY OUTFIT); the libretto for one opera; and more than seventy published poems and songs. He currently makes his home in Oakland, California.
On his birthday in 2013 Peter and Conlan Press launched a screening tour of THE LAST UNICORN film that has so far put on more than 300 screenings in the United States, Canada, Germany, and Austria, and which will appear in several thousand different theaters around the world by the end of 2016.Need Unlimited Access To Movies, TV Series, Music and eBooks? Click Here To Get Help