Lost Horizon [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
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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
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012349125
  • Publisher: Bell Public
  • Publication date: 3/30/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 78,729
  • File size: 166 KB

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2005

    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 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.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

    Great book. One of the best I have read in a long time.

    No violence, explosions, sex, etc. Great to read a book now and then without the fluff. Just a down right good story. I learned about this book as a reference in a Clive Cussler book. I now want to see the movie.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Tiimeless and rhought provoking

    I first read this book in my teens. Now at age 51, I found it to be a rich and thoughtful read. We would all do well to pause occasionally to think about our own definition of utopia (shangri la)...and also to consider what is real and what is illusion. Although set in the 1930's, it is remarkably undated.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2010

    Get lost in Hilton's hallmark

    This is a book that carries significant nostalgic ties for me, as it was one I read during my teenage years and really connected with. Rereading it now, I see a few flaws here and there, but the overall mystery and fantasy of Hilton's Tibetan dreamscape still draws you in and holds you all the way through. A must read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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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 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2005

    quests and questions

    A wonderful, suspenseful, beautiful book -- not afraid to be idealistic AND clear-eyed. More complex than might appear at first.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2004

    Captivating

    An incredible book!!! It's not action packed, but it has great insight. Although I tend to be drawn to action/adventure this book really captivated me.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2013

    I am very happy with the books that Book Bub recommends through

    I am very happy with the books that Book Bub recommends through Barnes and Noble. Most of them have been very entertaining reads.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2013

    Ahaa¿.so nice to read a book that is so thoughtful and unrushed.

    Ahaa….so nice to read a book that is so thoughtful and unrushed. It captivates at a slow pace just like mysterious Shangri-La in the book. It’s also a pleasure to read words so well put together and a plot that tells too little instead of too much. It leaves you to work out the details and possibilities in your mind. I thought about this book for several days after finishing it which is a real complement as I generally move on to the next one in a matter of hours.
    Lost Horizon is a book for thoughtful adults that want more than just a good read. Both subtle and complex, I now look forward to reading all of James Hiltons books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

    Highly recommended

    "Lost Horizon" has all the elements! When it was REQUIRED READING in high school, I didn't think too much of it, but now that I'm older, it was really, really good. The descriptions were so detailed, the author transported me into Shangri-La.

    1 out of 1 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 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

    Good Read

    I highly recommend this book. It would be an excellent book for book clubs to read. You will find yourself asking, "Would I want to live in a Shangri-La?" I will definitely look at the other books written by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    You can get all 16 hilton novels for $2.98

    So dont bother with single copy some were made in to movies like ramdon harvest good by mr chips mom

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    A great classic

    I had wondered for years what exactly was Shangri-La. Now I know. A great story that teeters on the edge of reality.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    WONDERFUL.They don't write like this any more.

    I loved the movie and was thrilled to find the book on Nook. It is so nice to learn new words found in a novel. And great to have a storyline that keeps you involved. If you want to read today's shallow fluff don't try this one. But if you want a classic story that will influence your life and cause you to set back and take a different look at your life read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    Clasdic

    A marvelous classic everyone should read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    Angel

    Good book. I love the part when the dude did the thing at that place at that time. Good book... na im just playing. I read the sample and it sucked.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    A Classic

    Recommend purchasing the DVD of the same name filmed in 1937. A pleasure to read and watch.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    I have not read the book yet im just being a poop-headed retard;)

    Hewwo

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    Joanna Zein-Eldin

    Everyone should read this!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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