The Last Unicorn by Peter S. BeagleThe Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

The Last Unicorn

byPeter S. BeagleIllustratorMel Grant

Paperback | January 1, 1991

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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, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Name of the Wind

The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone. So she ventured out from the safety of the enchanted forest on a quest for others of her kind. Joined along the way by the bumbling magician Schmendrick and the indomitable Molly Grue, the unicorn learns all about the joys and sorrows of life and love before meeting her destiny in the castle of a despondent monarch—and confronting the creature that would drive her kind to extinction...

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 ab...
Title:The Last UnicornFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.32 × 0.62 inPublished:January 1, 1991Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0451450523

ISBN - 13:9780451450524

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! One of my favourite fantasy novels of all time!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from My all time favorite book Love this book, wonderfully written.
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful On of the best fantasy stories ever.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My first novel I remember reading this book way back in grade 3. It was my first novel, and one of the main reasons I'm such an avid reader. It's a good trilogy, and not as girly as the title would suggest.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved reading the book I watched the movie quite a lot when I was a child, before I finally found out about the book, haha! It is probably still one of my most favourite movies to this day. I'm really happy I decided to pick it up and read it. The book and movie follow each other fairly closely, and I loved the extras in the book
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical A beautiful, magical story. A fun fantasy adventure, filled with a fun cast of memorable characters. Follow one Unicorns journey to find other Unicorns, make friends and learn what it means to love.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorites. If you like unicorns, this is a book for you. A simple yet wonderful story of a unicorn on the search, certainly paints a picture. After you are done reading, I also suggest watching the animated movie!
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic Beautiful alliteration, a stunning setting/world, and a fantastic story told with humour and care.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Last Unicorn Like many others I read this after seeing the cartoon movie. This in an interesting book and I really enjoyed it, the narrative is a strange combination of playful and dark. Like the movie I was pleasantly surprised with this offbeat fantasy, and it's a fairly quick read.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just as good as the cartoon “The Last Unicorn” is a true classic of its time. The imagination and riddles surrounding the unicorns and Red Bull are wonderfully panned out. The characters are much different than the cartoon (something I saw back when I was a kid and adored). In the book, Molly wasn’t quite so harsh or haggard, the unicorn’s actions are more understandable and Schmendrick isn’t quite the dweeb. The dialogue, however, can get a little carried away with itself and go nowhere for several pages. The book is very much like the cartoon as you can imagine, but it was good to get to know the story through my imagination rather than the television screen.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lost interest if there were distractions, but enjoyed it when there were no distractions 3.25 stars One unicorn in her forest overhears humans talking about there not being any unicorns left in the world. She sets out to find out if there are any others out there, or if she is, in fact, the last one. On her quest, she meets up with and is joined by a magician, and a woman. I'm not a big fantasy fan, but I remember enjoying this cartoon movie when I was a kid. I do also like unicorns. I found, with this one, I was able to focus and really enjoy what I was reading while at home with few distractions, but when I was reading on public transit, I had a very hard time focusing, so it just wasn't enough to keep me from getting distracted. So, I missed a lot in those parts that I read on my commute, when the distractions were too many. I'm going to rate it in between ok (3 stars) and good (3.5), as it varied, depending on when/where I was reading. I suspect it would have been at least a 3.5 if I'd been able to read it all completely without distractions.
Date published: 2013-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic read I'd watched the movie as a kid and finally got around to reading the book. So glad I did. It expands on so much that is going on in their world and is a really enjoyable read cover to cover.
Date published: 2012-09-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not bad An interesting fairy tale that starts of very strong but I lost interest about halfway through. I was reading it just to finish it. Definitely an "interesting" novel, but not the kind of novel I am especially interested in at the moment (realism). A classic nonetheless.
Date published: 2010-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful, in Every Sense of the Word My first book the year 2009 was the Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle. The Last Unicorn is a great fairy tale for adults, or for anyone who reads it. It was a wonderful in every sense of the word. The writing was beautiful, the characters were fun, the story was original, you can't help but falling in love with this book.
Date published: 2009-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like a Dream Sometimes you dream great books with multifaceted characters, unforgettable settings and plots thick as mud. This book is like one of those dreams.
Date published: 2009-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Trace of Grimm I really enjoyed this story. I only read it as part of my on-again, off-again romance with completing the "501 Must-Read Books" titles, and hadn't really bumped into it before. While at its core it is a story about a single unicorn who hears that she is the last one seen in a very long time, and the quest that follows to find out what happened to all the others, there's a layered feeling to this story that I think would definitely do well in a re-reading at later ages. Certainly, the youth reading this text will enjoy the magic, the villains, the heros, the inept wizard Schmendrick, and the unicorn herself, but from an adult's point of view, I saw a dash of Grimm in this tale. The subtext is full of moral twists, beauty versus honesty, richness versus rightness, and the impact of doing the right thing. Even the concept of aging - central in the story - gets at least three treatments: the aged King Haggard, who has lost all hope of ever seeing anything new again; the middle-aged Molly, who dispairs of having the joy of a unicorn only late in her life; and Schmendrick, who is ageless, but weighted with time. A beautifully told story for any age. I can certainly see how it hit the "501 must-read books" list.
Date published: 2008-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Childhood Favourite on my Adult List The Last Unicorn is not your typical fairy tale! Yes, it's filled with rich beauty, magic, witches and wizards and the title unicorn. It's also spiced with humour, wit, and even a touch of zingy sarcasm that will have you page-turning with a fervor no other fairy tale will offer. The witches, wizards, hags and unicorns are not your typical heroes and villians,and though your heart will be filled with wonder and that certain magical tingle you get from any good fairy tale, you'll be hard pressed to call this story "typical". I've loved this story, and its accompanying movie, since I was a child, and I'm glad to say I love it still. Read it, and be prepared to enter into a love affair that will last a lifetime!
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing story. When I was little, I was obsessed with the animated movie. So I decided to buy the book. It was hard to find and pretty expensive to buy but it's definetly worth it. I love this book!!!!!!
Date published: 2006-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever I fell in love with Peter S. Beagles the last unicorn at a very young age. i suspose growin up on the movie by JTC films it moitvated me to read the book. FOr anyone who is intersted, a newer people version with some of the orginial voice cast should be out november 2004 sweet or what? Asides from the movie, its a very good read about a unicorn who leaves the only life she has known to free her kind, its almost a comin of age type of book, i can relate alot of this book to the life cycle. The start is infantsy, then as she travles it goes from childhood, adolence, she becomes human and when she falls in love with lier is similar to adult hood and when she changes back to a unicorn, saves liers life and goes off is similar to the compltion of life..
Date published: 2003-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the last unicorn This book is my favorite story book sense I was a little kid. I saw a movie of the last unicorn and I have been looking for it ever sense I was a little kid. I watched it(the movie) So many times I knew excatly what was going to happen and when to close my eyes because it was sad or scary. Now that I found it in chapters the only book store I ever shop(ped) at in my life! I haven't read any other books of Peter .S. Beaugle and I am sure i am going to read more of his books! If I look at my self of books, and i can remember how i got them and where... in chapters! I want to say "thank you" to Chapters and Peter S. Beaugle and all the other wonderful writers in this world, "thank you" You will be seeing me at Chapters many times!!!! And Peter S. Beaugle you will sell many books and I will try to get every book that you have wrote!
Date published: 2001-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from as beautiful as any animated scene This is a hauntingly beautiful book. If you love to dream, or want to rediscover how, do yourself a favour and read this book.
Date published: 2000-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Imagine... A most tantalizing tale that touches deeply one's heart. "The Last Unicorn" is definitely a book that will ravish your imagination. Truly for everyone who loves to dream once in a while and who always is seeking his/her unicorn in this modern day world...
Date published: 2000-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Last Unicorn This story is utterly charming, whimsical, and funny. Beagle introduces you to characters so distinct and so real that it's impossible to put them from your mind-- they're almost like old friends by the time you finish. Of course, this is no ordinary fairy tale! For people of all ages who like to lose themselves for a little while, don't turn up your nose at this haunting book by Peter S. Beagle. You'll be pleasantly surprised!
Date published: 2000-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Last Unicorn If you thought the romance of Romeo and Juliet was stiring then you will LOVE The Last Unicorn. Plus, this book has layers of meaning that I am just beginning to discover. Powerful!
Date published: 2000-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing If you have seen the movie you may think this is a children's book. IT ISN'T. It has such deep meaning to it I want to read it over and over. It is classic fairtale with a touch of sadness and nostalgia, and hidden meaning with poignant characters. Do yourself a favour, find a rainy day, a comfy couch and read this book!
Date published: 1999-12-09

From Our Editors

Adults and children the world over have fallen in love with Beagle's timeless classic, The Last Unicorn. Now, in this historic publication, Beagle's richly inventive novel springs to life in beautifully rendered illustrations that perfectly evoke the mystery and magic of one of man's favorite myths

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Peter S. Beagle and The Last Unicorn“Comes alive and stays alive on bright intensity of imagination.”—The New York Times Book Review“Peter S. Beagle is (in no particular order) a wonderful writer, a fine human being, and a bandit prince out to steal readers’ hearts.”—Tad Williams   “Beagle illuminates with his own particular magic.”—Ursula K. LeGuin  “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“Beagle...has been compared, not unreasonably, with Lewis Carroll and J.R.R. Tolkien, but he stands squarely and triumphantly on his own feet...The book is rich, not only in comic bits but also in passages of uncommon beauty. Beagle is a true magician with words, a master of prose and a deft practitioner in verse.”—The Saturday Review