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The Last Unicorn by Peter Gillis
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Apr 11, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: graphic-novel, fantasy, unicorns, adult-ya-crossovers, adult-fiction, young-adult-fiction, journey-quest, borrowed-from-the-library
Read in April, 2011

** spoiler alert ** Unicorns are solitary creatures, caretakers of their territories – the forests and the wild creatures of the world. Because they seldom come into contact with one another, it’s not immediately apparent (to the Last Unicorn, anyway) that the other unicorns are disappearing. She only learns of their absence when she overhears a discussion between a couple of hunters who are passing through her forest. Increasingly curious and concerned, the Last Unicorn decides to go on a quest to find the others, discover what has happened to them. This leads her to the King Haggard, who has used a demonic bull to capture all of the unicorns and imprison them in the sea (for his own personal enjoyment). Almost a victim of the bull herself, the Unicorn is saved when Schmendrick the Magician transforms her into a human woman (the Lady Amalthea). As Amalthea, she continues to search for a way to free her people, but time is of the essence – the longer the Unicorn remains human the more she forgets about her former life and her quest. When she and her friends (Shmendrick and Molly) finally unravel the riddle that will allow her to confront the bull again, it’s nearly too late.

The Last Unicorn was originally published as a fantasy novel in 1968. It later appeared as an animated film, and now it’s been adapted as a graphic novel (first released in 6 parts and now collected in one edition in 2011). The graphic novel adaptation is pretty true to the movie screenplay, and the full-color illustrations – especially of the characters – are similar to those that appeared in the animated film. The graphic novel is beautiful and captures the essence of Beagle’s story – the sadness, loneliness, and regret of the unicorn. The humor that balances the darkness and despair so well in the novel and movie is less apparent in this version, and as a result, the unicorn’s story is ever so sad.

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message 1: by Berryslippers (new)

Berryslippers Karin... wasn't this your favorite movie when we were kids?

Arminzerella One of them, yes!

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