Now he was helpless with delight, for he wanted to dance and he wanted to be still; he shook with shouting and speeches, and yet there was nothing that he wanted to say. -- Schmendrick the Magician
As a hero, he understood weeping women and knew how to make them stop crying--generally you killed something. -- Prince Lir
The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle: One of my favorite, favorite books. (I know, that's the whole point of Book Crush, right? But I still can't get over it ... I love this book!)
It's certainly one to get lost in, to indulge in, to read in one long luxurious day in bed.
That kind of book.
Confession: I only read this one to get it off my list. It was recommended to me years ago, but I cheerfully passed it up time and again for lesser books. Shame on me.
Confession #2: One great way to keep me from reading a book? Put unicorn in the title. Not a huge sell for me. And as long as we're confessing, the same goes for dragons and vampires.
Just ... can't ... manage ... to get excited. I could be so wrong (as I was with The Last Unicorn), but nevertheless: I'm an avoider.
So imagine my shock when I did finally read this book and realized it was my long lost love, my newest favorite, the one I would rave about to anyone within earshot?
It would make a stint on a desert island significantly better, perhaps even enjoyable.
And this too: I want to write a book like this when I grow up.
It's always hard for me to describe the plot, since this book seems so much larger than just plot, characters, and settings. But essentially, it is the story about a quest. The last unicorn travels to find the others of her kind. Along the way, she picks up two unusual human companions, and together they work to set the other unicorns free...
Mmm, but I'm not satisfied with that as a description. Let me try again:
Peter S. Beagle knows how to blend the humorous, the poignant, and the unexpected. And he writes sentences that literally take my breath away.
Or, to put it another way: This is the kind of book that reminds me why I read and why I write.
Recommendation: Order yourself a series of rainy days and a café au lait to best savor this book. A sweet pastry on the side wouldn't hurt.