The Last Unicorn

The Last Unicorn

Book - 1968 (1991 rinting)
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Schmendrick the Magician and Molly Grue accompany a beautiful unicorn on a search for other members of her nearly extinct species.
Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin Books, c1968 (1991 printing)
ISBN: 9780451450524
0451450523
9781417644933
1417644931
9780606310895
0606310894
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 212 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm

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One of the most exquisitely written fantasy novels of all time, and one of the lesser known. This is a tale about a unicorn who is painfully lonely who sets out on a journey from her enchanted forest to find out whether she is the last unicorn in existence. Along the way she stumbles into great ... Read More »


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Jackalope99
Apr 29, 2019

I'm surprised at how highly reviewed this book is! I didn't like it at all, and I'd be hard put to tell someone what exactly it's about. None of the characters were particularly memorable or well drawn, and most of their motivations were flimsy or unclear. If it had been any longer I wouldn't have bothered finishing it, it didn't hold my interest at all.

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candersondvr
Nov 30, 2018

I cannot understand why this book received so many stellar reviews!? It was tedious, loathsome to follow and indeed herky-jerky as another one star review mentioned. Please don’t miss reading Tim Lovelace’s one star review on Amazon for that is the best one indeed, finally shedding some comedy on this dopey, botch job of a fantasy with ridiculously written metaphors such as, “where the air hung as shiny candy.” I couldn’t read past the fifth chapter I was so completely nauseated and thought I would scream if I read the name, Schmendrick, once more LOL. What a disappointment. There are many gorgeously written, what I term: high cholesterol fantastical books out there of which this tale takes no part. I’m glad I checked this out from the library firstly instead of wasting my money. The film adaptation is also another dimwitted endeavor.

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Linyarai
May 30, 2018

I don't really remember the movie and had somehow never read this book before, but I really enjoyed it. It was a great original fantasy adventure.

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VV12
Mar 26, 2016

Beautifully written and fantastically imaginative, this classic fairy tale is whimsical, funny, and, at times, surprisingly dark. A must read for fantasy fans.

Kereesa Dec 29, 2015

Well at least I didn't cry this time.

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julia_sedai
May 13, 2014

I just read this for the first time and it is beautifully written. The plot is good and there are some classic and not-so-classic fairy tale elements in it. I recommend it to anyone who likes fairy tales or fantasy stories.

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LibraryCat387
Feb 03, 2014

This is one of the most prolific and enchanting novels I've ever had the pleasure to read. I still re-read every few years because it always has some new wisdom or humor to share with me, depending on where I am in my life. The characters are very human and engaging, in a setting that asks its reader to think about what fantasy and reality really mean and how they apply to both “real life” and “ the stuff of legends and fairy tales” in ways both serious and humorous.

Honest and wise as it is captivating, The Last Unicorn is a wonder at any age and only gets better over time. A definite 5-star read ~ I hope you choose to give it a chance and enjoy all it has to offer!

lordbrn Jul 14, 2013

A comment on the Library Journal review, IDW, the publisher, also publishes the My Little Pony comic series. So that might be where the similar styles come from.

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mandeemanes
Jul 05, 2013

I have fond memories of watching the animated movie as a child with my sister. When I re-discovered the novel last year, it was captivating to me as an adult.

JewelMcLatchy Apr 06, 2013

Of the previous comments, I agree most with Borrobil. A completely captivating and often deep read, The Last Unicorn is both magical and profound. The full-colour graphic novel version is also wonderful, but you lose a lot of the nuances in that format. I would put this novel on the universal Must-Read list.

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JewelMcLatchy Apr 06, 2013

(King Haggard to his magician) ... In the past, you have performed whatever miracle I required of you, and all it has done has been to spoil my taste for miracles. No task is too vast for your powers -- and yet, when the wonder is achieved, nothing has changed. It must be that great power cannot give me whatever it is that I really want.

JewelMcLatchy Apr 06, 2013

Sometimes she thought if men no longer know what they are looking at, there may well be unicorns in the world yet, unknown and glad of it.

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LazyNeko
Jan 19, 2012

"I was born mortal, and I have been immortal for a long, foolish time, and one day I will be mortal again; so I know something that a unicorn cannot know. Whatever can die is beautiful-- more beautiful than a unicorn, who lives forever, and who is the most beautiful creature in the world."

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VV12
Mar 26, 2016

VV12 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Aunya3
Feb 03, 2014

The tale of a unicorn, who believes she is the last of her kind in the world and undertakes a quest to discover what has happened to the others.

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