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The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
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Apr 10, 2009

did not like it
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Recommended for: no one!
Read in April, 2009

I learned that I shouldn't bother ever again reading the classics of fantasy...
So Raja, what did you make of the last song? Self referential coda by the author?
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Raja99 Sorry I missed your comment until now. I find your "What I learned" to be hilarious; are there *any* fantasy classics you like? (Not that there's anything wrong if the answer is no; the world would be boring if we all had the same tastes.)

What I got from Beagle's sung version of the last song is that the words for that particular song aren't too important (or meant to be taken literally). MINOR SPOILERS: It was chosen to show that the characters aren't taking *themselves* too seriously right then. Consider: They'd just left their friend, who was depressed by what happened to the kingdom, and they probably sympathized. And then they found the Princess, and sent her to him: "He is a good man, and a hero greater than any cause is worth. I send all my princesses to him. His name is Lír." That cheered them up a lot, and they sang a goofy song to celebrate.

Now that you mention it, there *are* some things in the lyrics that might form a "self-referential coda." The song talks about the difference between expectations and reality, and it could be taken as arguing for not complaining about that difference, but gently helping people improve themselves.

IMHO, the best coda is "Two Hearts", Beagle's follow-up novelette. Have you read it? I put the intro at

http://pannis.info/twoHearts.html

. I recommend you read Beagle's intro (which is short) even if you don't plan to read "Two Hearts".


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