In Calabria

Peter S. Beagle


This is a quietly delightful short novel about a simple small-time farmer, Claudio, who lives in Calabria. He is content to live alone and write poetry. His main contact with the outside world is through the postman who delivers mostly junk mail. His life changes dramatically—the postman’s younger sister starts delivering the mail, and a pregnant unicorn turns up on his property.

His efforts to keep the unicorn secret and his growing love for the girl make up the bulk of the story. The local gang of thugs interferes with both of these goals, and the helicopters from the news media flying around trying to get a glimpse of the unicorn don’t help.

Eventually, as is all good fairy tales, he is successful in both.

The book is charming, as one would expect from the author of The Last Unicorn.


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