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El unicornio by Manuel Mujica Láinez

El unicornio (edition 1997)

by Manuel Mujica Láinez

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Title:El unicornio
Authors:Manuel Mujica Láinez
Info:Barcelona : Planeta, 1997
Collections:Your library
Tags:Literatura argentina

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The Wandering Unicorn by Manuel Mujica Lainez



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I'd seen this book highly recommended for fans of Tolkien, so I picked
it up. I'm not sure where that recommendation came from, because I
didn't see any similarity in the writing style or themes. The writing
style was particularly stilted; perhaps because it was translated from
the Spanish, but I didn't find it particularly enjoyable.

Inspired by mythology, but without a 'mythic' feel to the story, the
book briefly outlines the story of the fairy Melusine,who took human
form to love a man, but was cursed to be rejected when her lover came
upon her in her true, monstrous form, in her bath. The largest part
of the book follows the incorporeal spirit of Melusine as she follows
around a young knight in the Crusades, her descendant, that she is
obsessed with. Although at one point she tries to take human form to
be with him (it doesn't work out, as she ends up in a male body, and
the knight isn't gay), this places the bulk of the narrative at a
remove, actions being described by an intangible observer, which is
distancing. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
A fairy's tale - a tale of medieval political and social machinations through France to the Holy Land, as observed and related by a fairy princess who gets transformed several times in the course of events. An immortal being, she is telling the tale from the 20th century. Written in Spanish, 1965, translated into English in the 1980s. Very dense, slow read, less about plot than about character interactions. Lots of medieval history. ( )
1 vote SF_fan_mae | Jan 15, 2016 |
The medieval myth of the pretty Melusine, seen by an Argentinian of French origin
  hbergander | Mar 5, 2011 |
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Manuel Mujica Lainezprimary authorall editionscalculated
Borges, Jorge LuisForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fitton, MaryTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mahood, FrankCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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