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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Soundings Ltd; Unabridged edition (Dec. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854961195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854961198
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,247,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A prophetic, thought-provoking story' -- Bournemouth Echo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The adventure novel that introduced the concept of Shangri-La, one of our most enduring literary mysteries. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 Jun. 2006
Format: Paperback
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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 May 1998
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Secret Spi on 7 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
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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