The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone. She was very old, though she did not know it, and she was no longer the careless color of sea foam but rather the color of snow falling on a moonlit night. But her eyes were still clear and unwearied, and she still moved like a shadow on the sea. – Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn, chapter 1
Welcome to ‘The Last Unicorn’ read-along! Before I do, or say, anything else, let me reiterate the schedule:
June 17th – June 23rd: Chapter 1 through to the end of chapter 7
June 24th – June 30th: Chapter 8 to the end
July 1st – July 7th: Related works (i.e. the movie, the graphic novel, Two Hearts, The Woman who Married the Man in the Moon, etc)
I’ll be putting up my posts on Fridays, so that’s the 21st, the 28th, and the 5th. This way anyone who wants to use my (discussion) questions can do so and have some time left to mull over their thoughts.
It’s a little truncated from the announcement post, but that’s the basic gist of it. I’m new to hosting read-alongs, but I hope it’ll still be fun for everyone who participates. The animated movie adaptation is one of the stories that are fundamental in determining who I am today. I’ll certainly be attempting to explore that in more detail because that’s a rather grand statement to make and I haven’t actually examined it in detail. You can read a little more about my history with the story in the announcement post, but it’s one of my most beloved stories. I was four or five, I think, when I first saw The Last Unicorn. My dad taped it for me and I watched it diligently for many a morning. (I alternated between The Last Unicorn, Labyrinth and The Lord of the Rings. I’m an early riser. I was usually up at 5. Ideal when you want to watch movies your parents are tired of for having seen them too often.) I was devastated when we lost the tape. We’ll ignore the fact that I’d watched the whole thing practically to pieces.
I was seventeen when I first got to read the book. My late teens were pretty good years, writingwise. Books like The Last Unicorn taught me so much about what writing could be, the song of it, the beauty, the poetry. I’d always told stories, but never the way that the authors I was reading did. It was The Last Unicorn that showed me the difference between workmanship prose and prosaic beauty. I love the language and the feel, and I love the story. The way it’s put together, the timelessness of it, the characters, the heart and life it has to me.
I hope that if you’re new to The Last Unicorn you’ll enjoy the story too! Welcome to the read-along and I’ll see you all on Friday (hopefully*) with my discussion and impressions of the first seven chapters!
* As a small pet update: We don’t have Luna’s Lyme results back yet and we’re not quite sure when we’ll get them. The vet hopes to have them sometime this week. Depending on the results, the schedule may or may not be slightly skewed, but I’ll do my best not to upset it much and to keep people updated! I’ll likely end up scheduling posts in advance, so that they’ll go up on time and you won’t notice anything other than a delay in responses. I’m really sorry if this ends up causing people any inconvenience. T-T It’s certainly not how I’d expected my first read-along to happen. But this is just to let everyone know what’s going on. Pet updates will come as they happen.