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James Hilton's 1933 classic meant a great deal to a world struggling with worldwide depression and the rise of the Third Reich, because it portrayed a cultured, secret land without want, where everyone lived in harmony, no one grew old, and love might very well prove eternal. The reader was left with Hilton's Hugh Conway wandering the globe, trying to return to his paradise—a lovely metaphor, and one best untampered with, perhaps. In this follow-up, Conway did return and lived many happy and contemplative, if loveless, years. But as the 1960s arrive, Shangri-La is in peril: Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution is overtaking Tibet, purging it of all things holy. In command is General Zhang, a villainous but clever man who begins following a sort of map to Shangri-La that's been laid down in ancient temples to guide the worthy pilgrim. Conway must enter the outside world again to throw Zhang off the trail, which he does by providing false clues that lead to a place of sorcery and delusion. Conway may stay only ten days in the outside world without aging, but in that time he falls in love with a young girl, Zhang's daughter, Ma Li. Ma Li recalls the entire story from the vantage point of a saner time, 2007, before she embarks on her own, late-life quest for Shangri-La and her lost lover.
A bit forced at times, and slow to meet Hilton's formidable challenge. But Zhang's unwitting evil quest rivals The Hobbit in its power and agony, and Conway's recollection of how he returned to Shangri-La is splendidly realized. As good as sequels get.
Posted January 8, 2013
"Shangri-La: The Return to the World of Lost Horizon" is an outstanding sequel to James Hilton's memorable novel as well as the classic 1937 film version. Cooney and Altieri have seamlessly integrated both Hilton's literary vision and Ronald Colman's cinematic portrayal of the protagonist, Conway, into a heroic, real-life figure who risks everything in order to preserve and protect Shangri-La from the powers of darkness and evil. The elements of love and romance amidst the historic backdrop make for a compelling adventure tale that leaves the reader filled with hope and inspiration while satisfactorily answering the question about what happened to Conway after his sojourn in "the valley of the Blue Moon."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 2, 2002
If you've never read the original Lost Horizon by James Hilton, don't pick this one up. The writers may be well experienced in the issues of Tibet and China, they fail to deliver the same impact Lost Horizon brought to us. It lacks huge components of description and character building and tries to drag the reader along a would-be interesting plot line. The original story is more poetic and inventive, whereas this story tries show you how evil one nation (China) has treated another innocent one (Tibet). Instead of a story it's a biased ethics lesson. Re-read Lost Horizon and enjoy true artistic beauty.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.