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Lost Horizon by James Hilton [Unabridged Edition] [NOOK Book]

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Lost Horizon is a 1933 novel by English writer James Hilton. It is best remembered as the origin of Shangri-La, a fictional utopian lamasery high in the mountains of Tibet.

Hugh Conway, a veteran member of the British diplomatic service, finds inner peace, love, and a sense of purpose in Shangri-La, whose inhabitants enjoy unheard-of longevity. Among the book's themes is an allusion to the possibility of another cataclysmic world war brewing, ...
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Lost Horizon by James Hilton [Unabridged Edition]

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Overview

Lost Horizon is a 1933 novel by English writer James Hilton. It is best remembered as the origin of Shangri-La, a fictional utopian lamasery high in the mountains of Tibet.

Hugh Conway, a veteran member of the British diplomatic service, finds inner peace, love, and a sense of purpose in Shangri-La, whose inhabitants enjoy unheard-of longevity. Among the book's themes is an allusion to the possibility of another cataclysmic world war brewing, as indeed it was at the time. It is said to have been inspired at least in part by accounts of travels in Tibetan borderlands, published in the National Geographic by the explorer and botanist Joseph Rock. The remote communities he visited, such as Muli, show many similarities to the fictional Shangri-La. One such town, Zhongdian, has now officially renamed itself as Shangri La (Chinese: Xianggelila) because of its claim to be the inspiration for the novel.

The book explicitly notes that having made war on the ground man would now fill the skies with death, and that all precious things were in danger of being lost, like the lost histories of Rome ("Lost books of Livy"). It was hoped that overlooked by the violent, Shangri-la would preserve them and reveal them later to a receptive world exhausted by war. That was the real purpose of the lamasery; study, inner peace and long life were a side benefit to living there.

Conway is a veteran of the trench warfare of WWI, with the emotional state frequently cited after that war--a sense of emotional exhaustion or accelerated emotional aging. This harmonizes with the existing residents of the lamasery and he is strongly attracted to life at Shangri-La.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012655707
  • Publisher: Gossler Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/12/2007
  • Series: Gossler Publishing , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 132,720
  • File size: 160 KB

Meet the Author

James Hilton (9 September 1900 – 20 December 1954) was an English novelist who wrote several best-sellers, including Lost Horizon and Goodbye, Mr. Chips.
Born in Leigh, James Hilton was the son of John Hilton, the headmaster of Chapel End School in Walthamstow.

Hilton wrote his two most remembered books, Lost Horizon and Goodbye, Mr. Chips while living in a rather ordinary semi-detached house on Oak Hill Gardens, Woodford Green. The house still stands, with a blue plaque marking Hilton's residence.

He was married twice, first to Alice Brown and later to Galina Kopineck. Both marriages ended in divorce. He died in Long Beach, California from liver cancer.
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  • Posted December 16, 2011

    Warning: This Edition Is Incomplete

    This edition is incomplete and has a couple of chapters out of order.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

    Classic

    I read it with my son for his Senior English class. It's something everyone should read at some point in their lives.

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    As a "live-it-again"

    Read this in high school - 50s. It's quite different from what I had remembered, but still a good read.

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