Eloquent and sophisticated.… poignant and full of philosophical observation.
Drawing on the unicorn tapestries at The Cloisters, the medieval branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Mason hauntingly scripts the narrative of the unicorn, the mystical creature pursued by a band of hunters in the “The Hunt of the Unicorn” in her evocative latest. The chapters alternate between the firsthand account of the unicorn and the young monk from the abbey. With language both evocative and fresh, Mason brilliantly brings to life an evocative, imaginative vision of life in a medieval European abbey. Emerging stronger for her late coming understanding of her vanity and gullibility, the unicorn makes for a haunting protagonist. The ingenious, gentle, and perceptive young monk is equally convincing. Incorporated in the narrative are theological arguments about true love, homosexuality, chauvinism, conceit, empathy, passion, religion, and salvation. Mason has delivered a winning tale. Lovers of literary fiction will be rewarded.
The Unicorn, the Mystery: A novel
By Janet Mason
Pub date October 7, 2020
Price $19.60 (USD) Paperback, $7.60 Kindle edition