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Lost Horizon

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Timeless!

Wars do strange things to those who fight them. The trenches of the First World War have left Conway, James Hilton's most memorable hero, feeling himself old long before his time. When he and three others being evacuated from the British consulate at Baskul find themsel...
Wars do strange things to those who fight them. The trenches of the First World War have left Conway, James Hilton's most memorable hero, feeling himself old long before his time. When he and three others being evacuated from the British consulate at Baskul find themselves kidnapped - flown to a Tibetan monastery, instead of to safety as they expected - he accepts the situation with an ease that infuriates his hero-worshipping young colleague, Mallinson. Conway takes easily to Shangri-La's life of isolated serenity. When he learns why he and his companions were brought to that remote and secret valley, he's not angry. Instead, he feels so oddly at home that only for love's sake will he leave.... I first read 'Lost Horizon' in Grade 8, and remembered it fondly enough to pick up a copy when it recently crossed my path again. I read everything else by James Hilton that I could find during the years between. Definitely, this book is a fine author's master work. Clear and beautiful prose, haunting themes, and - at the end - a twist that once you've read it seems inevitable. Like Shangri-La, this story is timeless.

posted by Anonymous on February 12, 2005

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2 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

As an adventure the story falls miserably short!

The hullabaloo surrounding the book will lead one to believe that this is an epitome of all adventure/suspense stories. In reality, the book is nothing but a wanderings of a disturbed mind, disillusioned with life and suffering from abnormalities of mind - so common a...
The hullabaloo surrounding the book will lead one to believe that this is an epitome of all adventure/suspense stories. In reality, the book is nothing but a wanderings of a disturbed mind, disillusioned with life and suffering from abnormalities of mind - so common among soldiers after attending a bloody war. Those readers who praise the book sky-high must have some ulterior motive in mind otherwise this is a shoddy piece of work and written obviously with a film script in mind rather than a book, which anyways what Hilton was, scriptwriter in Hollywood! His other tiny book Mr. Goodbye Mr. Chips is a better read and doesn¿t pretend to be something else or is it we who label a book. No wonder Lost Horizon is out of print and should remain so. I don¿t blame the writer as much as the so-called critics, readers and other writers for whom the world begins in Western Europe and ends in North America. A very myopic view!

posted by Anonymous on April 2, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2006

    As an adventure the story falls miserably short!

    The hullabaloo surrounding the book will lead one to believe that this is an epitome of all adventure/suspense stories. In reality, the book is nothing but a wanderings of a disturbed mind, disillusioned with life and suffering from abnormalities of mind - so common among soldiers after attending a bloody war. Those readers who praise the book sky-high must have some ulterior motive in mind otherwise this is a shoddy piece of work and written obviously with a film script in mind rather than a book, which anyways what Hilton was, scriptwriter in Hollywood! His other tiny book Mr. Goodbye Mr. Chips is a better read and doesn¿t pretend to be something else or is it we who label a book. No wonder Lost Horizon is out of print and should remain so. I don¿t blame the writer as much as the so-called critics, readers and other writers for whom the world begins in Western Europe and ends in North America. A very myopic view!

    2 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2005

    Yuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i am half way through the book and i think it couldn't be worse and neither could any of my 8th grade peers. it is so boring that i cant imagine how anyone could read this if it wasnt for a grade. and even then it is very slow and so freakish.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 26, 2011

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