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Lost Horizon [Board book]

James Hilton
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Board book: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co; 2nd edition (1936)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000XE2BT6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Famous novel written by James Hilton, initially published in 1933 and subsequently made into a film.

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Mission; Henry D. Barnard, an American; Hugh Conway, H.M. Consul; and Captain Charles Mallinson, H.M. Vice-Consul. Read the first page
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless 16 Jun 2006
Rightly or wrongly I often feel that the English language was put to its best use both in writing and in speech up until the mid 20th century. Authors of the Victorian age through to the 1950's seem to have been able to write in a genuinely captivating manner without having to resort to cheap crudities and streams of foul language.

There is a time and a place for crudity and bad language but the strength of writers like James Hilton was that they could hold your attention without having to resort to them.

Lost Horizon is a prime example. The story quickly gets underway and the adventure starts immediately. The characters are strong with Conway and Barnard coming across as likeable, Miss Brinklow as a somewhat shrewish and repressed spinster and Mallinson as a frankly unlikeable neurotic.

The inhabitants of the Lamasery are as inscrutable as the people from that part of the world are reputed to be and the air of mystery remains throughout the book.

I saw the film many years ago and only recently decided to read the book. I found it impossible to put it down. Lost Horizon is perfectly paced, eminently readable and one of the most enjoyable books that I have picked up in a long time. While it is set in the 1930's and the use of language is reflected, I hope that should anyone ever attempt a remake of the film, that they'll make it a period piece and not attempt to bring it into the modern world. That would be a mistake.

In the meantime, watch the Ronald Coleman film and read the book. You won't regret either.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It changed and shaped my life! 24 May 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I was a teenager, I went to see the movie Lost Horizon seven times. During my 73 years, I read the book many times. After I retired, I made four trips to that part of the world, and spent many months each time searching for that wonderful Shangri-La dream. If you have never read Hilton's classic, and you are a person with an optimistic spiritual outlook, then The Lost Horizon is a must for you. If you read it and want to believe it, then you should visit Burma and the temples of the ancient city of Pagon, and then spend time in the three kingdoms of the Himalayas: Nepal, Ladakh and Bhutan, in that order. You will be moved to tell others, or write about your spiritual experience. I was so moved, and wrote Evolution To Sainthood. May your days be filled with the magic of life! Sirrom (Edward Morris)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fill in the Unstated with Your Imagination! 1 April 2004
Format:School & Library Binding
In the depths of the worldwide economic depression as the war drumbeats began in Germany, James Hilton wrote a quirky, imaginative book about the potential to escape the harsh reality. In so doing, he caused each reader since then to wonder what the right balance of tranquility and challenge really is. Like the best books about possible utopias, Lost Horizon leaves much to the reader's imagination. Undoubtedly, you will conjure up solutions to the riddles left open by the author that will be especially pleasing to you.
Although the book is clearly set in the 30's with a British perspective, many of the themes struck me as universal. As the book opens, there's an intriguing prologue that sets just the right tone for the story. You are to read a manuscript about the experiences of one Hugh "Glory" Conway, H.M. consul. The manuscript opens with airplane hijacking that seemed all too realistic. Quickly, the hijacking turns into a surprising adventure as the passengers unexpectedly arrive in a little known part of Tibet and are escorted to Shangri-La, a lamasery sitting atop a hidden valley of peace and tranquility. While there, they await an opportunity to arrange passage with the bearers who are bringing a shipment that is expected in 60 days. Conway, however, learns the secrets of Shangri-La and finds himself faced with an extraordinary set of choices.
To me, Shangri-La is a metaphor for the mental tranquility that many spiritual practices can bring. For anyone who has enjoyed these practices, you will know that it can be tempting to withdraw totally into them. To do so can be delicious, especially for the frazzled soul. At the same time, we are made of flesh, blood and boil with emotions that seek their venting through action. How can the two instincts be reconciled?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! 3 Aug 2006
Lost Horizon, the story about the utopia of complete happiness, long life and peace.

The book tells the story of Robert Conway who finds after being "kidnapped" in the mountains of Tibet an escape of the modern busy and exhausting life. Shangri-La the little village in which he intends to stay until he can get back into civilisation seems to be completely isolated from the outside world. The village and it's lamasery hold many secrets which turn out to be more and more astonishing.

I couldn't stop reading, the book is just amazing. It's easily the best and most well written story I've every read. Even though it was written in the 30s, it is still modern. Timeless.

I recommend it everybody, you won't regret buying/reading it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The story of "Lost Horizon" is well-known: four Westerners are whisked away via a stolen plane to the mountains of Tibet, where they are trapped in the mysterious lamasery of Shangri-La. One of the party, Conway, gradually falls under the enchantment of this beautiful place where time seems to stand still.

The story is a pleasure to read - well-wrtten and thought-provoking. Although over 70 years old, the theme has relevance for today - perhaps even more so in the digital age than when it was first written. There is something prophetic about it. The nature of time and of human wisdom and learning is explored in Conway's conversations with the High Lama.

I can recommend "Lost Horizon" to anyone who yearns for a simpler and slower pace of life, where humanity is not enslaved to time. The 1937 film, while changing some of the characters, stays true to the theme at the heart of the story and is also well-worth seeing when you have time on your hands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Very glad I decided to re read it. A true classic
Published 3 months ago by mr c murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational book
I love this book. However, delivery was ridiculously slow, resulting in my being very late with a friend's birthday present.
Published 3 months ago by jools42
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love the film - you'll love the book!
The movie stuck surprisingly closely to the original book and here is the chance to savour a little more of the background and spirit of the era. Don't miss the chance!
Published 9 months ago by Paddybear
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic.
One of the great old tales of adventure and discovery. And only just saved from being lost to decay in the film format and recently digitised. How lucky is that!
Published 9 months ago by Roge
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange
A group of people end up staying ar what's termed a ' lamasery' and the man Conway is eventually made head lama. It's a strange story which doesn't seem to have a proper ending. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Radiojock
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
It was a good read and just as I remembered from years ago. Would recommend to others to try it
Published 14 months ago by chalkie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
The book arrived in time and was well worth reading. There is also a DVD of the film with the same name and also worth watching. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Christopher Jolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Shangri-La where are you!
I love this book, and have read it countless times. I believe James Hilton gets to the yearning in most people of a place of peace away from the madhouse we live in these days. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Peter4933
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch the film!
I last read this book more than thirty years ago having seen the film based on it, starring Ronald Colman; more recently I repeated the process and , while I enjoyed both, I found... Read more
Published 16 months ago by GENERAL YEN
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic fantasy
This book was so easy to get lost in; I found it hard to put down and it left me wanting to escape the humdrum.
Published 16 months ago by Craig Cooper
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