Lost Horizon (Large Print Edition)

Lost Horizon (Large Print Edition)

by James Hilton

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ISBN-13: 9781604449044
Publisher: IndoEuropeanPublishing
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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Lost Horizon 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
HutchMI More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
JKtypist More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Sharibear More than 1 year ago
I am very happy with the books that Book Bub recommends through Barnes and Noble. Most of them have been very entertaining reads.
thinkingaboutit More than 1 year ago
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.
lovesbooksRF More than 1 year ago
"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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful, suspenseful, beautiful book -- not afraid to be idealistic AND clear-eyed. More complex than might appear at first.
bdickie on LibraryThing 2 hours ago
This is another of my all time favorite books. After reading this I went about collecting all of Hilton's books I could find, and have loved them all.
RachelfromSarasota on LibraryThing 2 hours ago
Somehow I never got around to reading this book before, although I'd seen the black and white film version; which doesn't quite do the book justice.James Hilton's tale of a secluded utopia, locked deep in the trackless mountains of Tibet, is deservedly a classic. The 1920s prose may take some getting used to, but it aptly sets the stage for the story of "Glory" Conway, the pride of his public school generation. Conway lost both his youth and his idealism during the Great War, and this hard won wisdom has left him adrift in a world where the Great Depression and nationalist revolutions have turned the world upside down. A capable and decisive man, he is often forced to take charge of tricky situations when his own inclination is for solitude and the solace of study.Kidnapped and taken to Shangri-La, the hidden Valley of the Blue Moon, Conway discovers that a select group of studious monastics are working to preserve the cultural and philosophical treasures of the world against the coming night of barbarism and horror. Conway himself has been hand-picked as the successor to the incredibly aged monk who planned and built the secret city.Reading the book was a bit like traveling back in time -- a refreshing change from today's world of ceaseless action. Dwelling, even for a brief time, with Conway and the monks in Shangri-La, I experienced the sense of timeless peace that is the hallmark of the secluded sanctuary.The story, though dated in style and purpose is still gripping. Highly recommended.
book-aficionado on LibraryThing 2 hours ago
When I picked up this book, I knew that it was first published in the 1930s, therefore, I was bracing myself for a verbose, glacially paced story which would have little to offer in terms of a story, and much less of a narrative drive. I must happily admit that I was completely wrong on both counts.'Lost Horizon' is about a group of four Westerners who find themselves in the middle of a civil war in colonial India. A plane which is meant to airlift them out of the war zone, instead ends up skyjacking them into Tibetan mountains. Upon landing , the pilot suffers a heart attack and dies, leaving his motives for the kidnapping unanswered. But before dying, he points them towards a monastery among the snow-peaked mountains that would offer them food and shelter. The group, finding themselves without any supplies and completely exposed to the elements, have no choice but to seek the monastery.The monastery offers them delicious food, comfortable lodging, a well-stocked book and music library, all set against the breath-taking backdrop of the valley of the Blue Moon called Shangri-la. They discover that the monastery has its own life-philosophy of moderation. But, more than a tranquil and leisurely lifestyle, the Lamas of the monastery offer them a life spanning hundreds of years.And when the world would end up in ruins after what seems an inevitable and imminent global war, the monastery at Shangri-la, secluded and hidden from the world among the high Tibetan mountains, safe from the ravages of any war, would serve as a time-capsule, preserving human wisdom and knowledge, and would help rebuild a better, safer, and saner world.The group that finds itself at the monastery comprises of four people: a world-weary, mild-mannered bureaucrat with muted ambition and no ties to the external world who embraces what the monastery has to offer with the eagerness of a man who has finally found his Eden; his younger colleague, impatient and belligerently frustrated with finding himself away from the urban life that he loves, is desperate to get away - he would rather live for a short time but with all the excesses of entertainment his city-slicker's lifestyle has to offer; a middle-aged Christian missionary lady who believes firmly in her fundamentalist outlook and holds in contempt all other life-philosophies; and a rich businessman who lost millions of dollars of his shareholders through some bad decisions and is on the run from the police of several different countries - he is happy to be anywhere but in a prison, and the gold deposits of Shangri-la are a mouth-watering concept for him and his own ticket to finding fortune lost and reclaiming his respect in the eyes of the world.Shangri-la becomes a perfect mirror, in which, when people from very different lifestylses and holding very different world views gaze, rather than their faces we see their true natures reflected, revealing much about our own. The protagonist's (Conway) mild disposition (to the point of being almost cold-blooded, some might argue), his willingness to make the best of whatever situation life throws at him, his innate sense of diplomacy which restrains him from being judgemental towards people holding views very different from his own, and his deep yearning for escaping the rat race of a professional life, made me see glimpses of my own self in these characteristics of his. And I thought that the qualities of his nature described above are much more timely in the present day and age when we live in a world where different and diverse cultures and religions are becoming increasingly intolerant of each other. The novel, breath-taking in its scope, highly engaging through its artful suspense which makes us eager to find out the mysteries of the plot, is full of wisdom, thought-provoking ideas, and keen insights into human nature. An enchantingly fantastical yarn told in prose which sometimes elevates itself to an almost poetic quality, James Hilton's tale of Shang
maggie1944 on LibraryThing 2 hours ago
A very pleasant read. The author does a good job of creating an atmospheric environment. Characters are perhaps a bit flat save the protagonist. Book is written from a narrator POV however the reader feels like its the protagonists POV. Generally, I found it to be an easy read although when I wanted to think about what was the author's intention in regards to philosophy of life there was ample meat to consider. Since I have seen and enjoyed the movie more than once I did "see" the scenery from that cinematic experience which is perhaps unfortunate. The author did provide some lovely descriptions of the setting and should be appreciated on their own.I end up recognizing the book is perhaps a bit "old fashioned" but many readers will find that to be charming. I recommend someone read a few paragraphs in a bookstore or library before deciding to read the book, for real.
snat on LibraryThing 2 hours ago
For the life of me, I have no idea why anyone dearly loves this book. The narrative is plodding, the characters boring and unsympathetic, and the ending--don't get me started on the ending. This was a book club selection that I was actually excited about since its setting is the mystical Shangri-La. I thought it would be an Indiana Jones-esque action and adventure in an exotic Asian setting. What I got instead was Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Boring Tibetans. There's no action; all they do is prattle on about how perfect existence at Shangri-La is (so perfect, in fact, it's painfully boring to read about). The discussions are predictably didactic ("duh, duh, double duh" I thought as each new mystery of life was revealed). I am so glad that I checked this out from the library. Now I can't wait to go check it back in.
HiddenLibrary on LibraryThing 2 hours ago
Not well written, but the idea behind it is ravishing.
HankIII on LibraryThing 2 hours ago
Well, I remember reading it about 15 years ago, and liking it. This time my general impression is "eh, it was okay."I don't know; it just seemed the plot dragged on until I was glad it ended.
jeffome on LibraryThing 2 hours ago
Interesting and short read that captured me quickly and made me think a little. Without spoiling, there was a completely unresolved issue relating to the abductor that i either missed or was not there, which still bothers me. Other than that, it was fun to attempt to conceptualize this secret land....a much more enjoyable utopian novel than Erewhon which i personally found tedious....go ahead...give it a whirl!
sarbow on LibraryThing 2 hours ago
Not exciting, but engaging, this is the book that made "Shangri-La" a household name. It has an interesting open ending from which the reader can draw his or her own conclusions. Definitely belongs on people's "to-be-read" lists
Anonymous 3 days ago
Well written and better than the film which is one of my all time favorites.
HedgePig on LibraryThing 28 days ago
When the author offers two possible endings, both must be plausible in order to leave the reader wondering what really happened. But when neither ending is reasonable, then one is left rather disastisfied. To be fair this is not a bad book but I felt myself losing interest as my credulity was strained.
mccin68 on LibraryThing 28 days ago
4 evaccues from an indian civil war are hijacked and flown to the mountains of Tibet. They are rescued by a monk who leads them to a remote monastary, Shangrila. there they uncover the mystical secrets as well as the price they would pay for them.
rampaginglibrarian on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Everything in moderation in the land of Shangri-la. What happens when you think you find paradise and loose your dreams.
WorldReader1111 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed 'Lost Horizon.' First, the writing is strong and functional, with intelligent phrasing and sharp description, plus a calm, concise narrative that lends to the story. The story, too, is generally pleasing (for my tastes, anyhow), with an engaging prologue, believable characters, and a satisfying arc. It grabbed my attention from the start, and delivered as a good, classical adventure-tale. Another strength: it reads well for today's audience, without coming off as dated, or with obsolete language. Thus, in a nuts-and-bolts sense, I thought 'Horizon' to be a successful literary work. As for the content itself, the book is as polished and rich, both in substance and in its deep, multidimensional nature. Yes, the overt story is enjoyable and entertaining; and, furthermore, there is no small amount of philosophical metaphor, perceptive observation, and sociological commentary, as to enrich the text even more. However, the true standout, for me, was the thread of valuable, real-world wisdom running through the story. A keen, timeless intelligence shines from between 'Horizon's' lines, and in it can be found many pearls of truth, from the worldly to the metaphysical (or, at least, truth as I presently perceive it). Ultimately, the classic tale of Shangri-La and its extraordinary occupants serves as a human- and spiritual study, as relevant today as at the initial publication, from which much can be learned, and in ways unexpected of a "mere" novel. Few books can boast such depth, in my experience. Due to its exceptional, multi-faceted nature, 'Lost Horizon' receives a rare five-star rating from me. My sincere thanks goes out, posthumously, to this book's author and publisher. I am grateful for, and have benefited from, your work. * * * Some notable quotes from 'Lost Horizon': "Mallinson, who had watched the [gun] incident, was only partly satisfied. 'I don't suppose he'd have dared to shoot,' he commented. 'It's probably bluff.' 'Quite,' agreed Conway, 'but I'd rather leave you to make sure.'" -- p.25 "'Must we hold that because one religion is true, all others are bound to be false?'" -- p.54 "'What is it the lamas do?' she continued. 'They devote themselves, madam, to contemplation and to the pursuit of wisdom.' 'But that isn't _doing_ anything.' 'Then, madam, they do nothing.'" -- p.70 "'And, most precious of all, you will have Time -- that rare and lovely gift that your Western countries have lost the more they have pursued it." -- p.113 "'I'm unmarried; I have few close friends and no ambitions.' 'No ambitions? And how have you contrived to escape those widespread maladies?'" -- p.113 "'People make mistakes in life through believing too much, but they have a damned dull time if they believe too little.'" -- p.161
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've lost count of how many times I have read thiis book thoughout my life. It is a timless classic. The plot is unique, often imitated,but never truly duplicated. Especially considering the society and world that we live in today, I think we all wish we could find Shangri-la. If you can find it, the movie with Jane Wyatt and Ronald Coleman as "Conway" is worth watching.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie.....but the book is better....lots of insight modern tech Vs traditional values. This book gives the reader pause to meditate on the virtues of tradition and living a slower paced life