‘The Last Unicorn’ defies time

By Kathleen Ellison
Staff Writer

November 29, 2012

Growing up there was one movie that I always enjoyed: “The Last Unicorn.” It had everything from action to romance and even a corny soundtrack by the band America. It wasn’t until recently that I finally read the book that inspired the 80’s film. After reading the 1968 book by Peter S. Beagle, I have decided it is one of my favorite books. (That is saying something since I have read many, many, many books.)

This fantasy novel is about a unicorn that discovers she is the last of her kind. She goes on a treacherous journey to discover what became of all the other unicorns. Her quest leads her to evil witches, demonic beasts, a foolish magician, a band of thieves, and a desolate kingdom. With the help of some unlikely companions though, the unicorn realizes that what happened to the unicorns is much worse than it appears.

This book is beautifully written. Beagle’s writing is so smooth and romantically crafted that you practically fly through the pages. He uses a very poetic style with elegant metaphors and vivid descriptions. He also interestingly uses anachronisms throughout the work that bring a sense of realism to the story.

I also found that deep themes were brought up about perspective and believing; along with ideas about the loss of tradition in society. All in all this is beautiful piece of work that presents that timeless fairy tale feel in a manner that both entertains and challenges. I strongly suggest this fantasy adventure to be added to anyone’s reading list.

Kathleen Ellison is a freshman majoring in communication and can be contacted at kae742@lhup.edu

Posted in: A&E

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