Not Your Everyday, Run of the Mill Erinn (xdragonladyx) wrote in recommend_books,
Not Your Everyday, Run of the Mill Erinn

Peter S. Beagle

Author: Peter S. Beagle
Title: The Last Unicorn and
The Rhinoceros that Quoted Nietzsche and Other Odd Aquaintances
Genre: Fantasy or may be teen fiction or may be just fiction

Many of you might be familar with the animated film made decades ago called, "The Last Unicorn" but have you read the book? If not, you should. Beagle is an absolute delight to read. His work is wimsical, thoughtful, and full of heart. I got a chance to hear him read the short story, "Professor Gottesman and the Indian Rhinoceros" (from the second book listed above) and it was just wonderful. Not only was it fantastic to have the author read his own work, but the story itself was lovely. It was about an old professor who takes his niece to the zoo where a near by rhinoceros starts talking to him and tells him quite frankly that it is not a rhinoceros but a unicorn. The story goes on from there, I think I even cried a little bit at the end.

So go out and get them both! I think most stores will carry a copy of The Last Unicorn but you might have to order a copy of the rhinoceros book. But believe me, it's well worth it!

Edit: I forgot to mention that you should buy his books from his website. The company that put out the movie for "The Last Unicorn" is violating their contract with Beagle and he hasn't seen a dime from all the sales they've been making with his movie. You can learn more about this atrosity here.
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