Lost Horizon: A Novel

Lost Horizon: A Novel

by James Hilton
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Lost Horizon: A Novel by James Hilton

James Hilton’s bestselling adventure novel about a military man who stumbles on the world’s greatest hope for peace deep in Tibet: Shangri-La.

Hugh Conway saw humanity at its worst while fighting in the trenches of the First World War. Now, more than a decade later, Conway is a British diplomat serving in Afghanistan and facing war yet again—this time, a civil conflict forces him to flee the country by plane.
When his plane crashes high in the Himalayas, Conway and the other survivors are found by a mysterious guide and led to a breathtaking discovery: the hidden valley of Shangri-La.
Kept secret from the world for more than two hundred years, Shangri-La is like paradise—a place whose inhabitants live for centuries amid the peace and harmony of the fertile valley. But when the leader of the Shangri-La monastery falls ill, Conway and the others must face the daunting prospect of returning home to a world about to be torn open by war.
Thrilling and timeless, Lost Horizon is a masterpiece of modern fiction, and one of the most enduring classics of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453239766
Publisher: Open Road Media
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 244
Sales rank: 22,782
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

James Hilton (1900–1954) was a bestselling English novelist and Academy Award–winning screenwriter. After attending Cambridge University, Hilton worked as a journalist until the success of his novels Lost Horizon (1933) and Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1934) launched his career as a celebrated author. Hilton’s writing is known for its depiction of English life between the two world wars, its celebration of English character, and its honest portrayal of life in the early twentieth century.

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Lost Horizon 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 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.
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
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OliviaAL More than 1 year ago
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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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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Zcovekeepa More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A marvelous classic everyone should read.
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