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Re: The Last Unicorn - Chapters 1 - 3
I finished chapter one. The book is a perfectly standard beginning. It introduces the protagonist and we learn the protagonist's goal. Also introduced are antagonists who are hindering our protagonist already. I wonder if these antagonists last the book, or if they are just the first obstacle. There is not much dialog yet, but what little there is reveals a lot about who the protagonist is, how different and isolated she is.
There are touches here and there of such art in expression that I find myself on occasion stepping out of the story to admire it. It is okay to take the reader out of the book this way, in my opinion. Many great writers do it, but when they do they're careful not to ruin the suspenseful parts, just as Beagle is here.
I think this novel so far could be used to teach a class on how to write a novel, or at least how to begin one. It follows every guideline on what effective writers do at the beginning, yet still has creative flare and its own individual voice.
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