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The Last Unicorn Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

The Last Unicorn The Last Unicorn is considered one of the top fantasy books in the last 100 years.  Written by Peter S. Beagle in 1963 it boasts sales of over 5 million copies and translation into 20 different languages.  At least one animated film has been made from the story and there is rumor of a live-action film in the works which has garnered a lot of excited attention from the fans.  So I'm a bit baffled that I found the book somewhat lackluster.  It was mildly interesting but not extraordinary. 

The plot for this story is summarized in many places online so I won't bother going over that again.  The story is very linear and straight forward without a lot of complexity.  Maybe some will say that the story is complex but it all went over my head.  Ok.  But I'm not sure that's the case.  I understood the "coming of age" aspects of the story and how that was presented in each of the main characters.  I detected the poignancy and conflict of the resolution for the characters -- each of them gained a victory in the end but it was a bittersweet victory.  

I wouldn't say that it is a bad book.  Not at all.  I just would not have guessed that there was so much appeal to so many people as the book seems to have generated.  It is short enough that most readers can read it in just a few hours of reading time (however long you have to spread out that reading time...).  

 

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