Review: The Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle

Am I the only one who didn’t read this as a child?? It was written in 1968 and still remains popular. I have always loved fairytales and been slightly obsessed with unicorns (who isn’t though?).  I don’t know how it took me so long to read it. This is an obvious classic, not just for children. The book starts out with the last unicorn as she leaves the woods she has always lived in to go in search of other unicorns. As she goes about her journey she meets people along the way, some good, some bad, some indifferent. The characters are very diverse and it is not your typical fairytale. I didn’t find it to be predictable. I loved how it gently mocked and referred to other fairytales. Although it has unicorns, magic creatures, and magic spells it might be the most realistic fairytale – not all happy endings and beautiful landscapes. You’ll fly through 294 pages of strong imagery and loveable characters. Nothing in this story is that simple but there is more humor in this book than you would expect.


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