Book Reviews of Lost Horizon

Lost Horizon
Lost Horizon
Author: James Hilton
ISBN-13: 9780895773616
ISBN-10: 0895773619
Publication Date: 1/1990
Pages: 191
Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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4.3 stars, based on 12 ratings
Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Inc.
Book Type: Hardcover
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I first read this book when I was in my teens, and I continue to read a copy at least once every 5 or 10 years. Part of me connects with the protagonist's desire to get away from it all, and I feel the magic that's Shangrila wash over me every time I reread it. As I get older, as my tastes and desires mature, as my goals change to reflect my changing lifestyle, the book affects me differently, but with no less intensity. The magic is always there, and my imagination is given free reign to again fly up into the mountains...
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A Masterpiece, November 28, 2001
Reviewer: Gary F. Taylor "GFT" (Biloxi, MS USA)

The story of a group of people who survive an airplane crash in Tibet and find shelter at a mysterious monastery is extremely well known, but unlike most novels, Lost Horizon is less about its characters and their situation--interesting though those elements may be--than it is about their thoughts and ideas. Written as it was on eve of World War II, these thoughts and ideas center upon developing a way of life that preserves, rather than destroys, that which is finest in both humanity and the world in general.
The novel is elegantly and simply written and possesses tremendous atmosphere. Although enjoyable as a purely "fun" read, it is also thought provoking, and the thoughts it provokes linger long after the book is laid aside. I can not imagine any one not being moved by the book, both emotionally and intellectually, regardless of their background or interests. If such a person exists, I do not think I would care to meet them.

Although James Hilton wrote a number of worthy novels, Lost Horizon is the novel for which he is best remembered, a great popular success when first published and a genuine masterpiece of 20th Century literature.
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"Welcome to Shangri-La high in the distant reaches of the Tibetan mountains where a group of worldly men and women have stumbled upon a land ofmystery and matchless beauty, where life is lived in tranquil wonder, beyond the grasp of a doomed world. And a great secret is kept hidden."
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This book was originally written in the '30s by James Hilton and began a real-world frenzy to find the true "Shangri-La" (word coined by the author in this novel.)

It is a great adventure with an impressive yet simple writing style. The landscap descriptions can get long-winded at times, but re-read them and you see the beauty of the writing as well as the Himalayas.

A great book overall!
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Great classic. Also a great weekend book...fast paced.
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This book was a good read the second time around. I was only 15 when I saw the movie and then read the book. In my quest to rediscover some of my favorite authors that I read as a child, I was not disappointed.
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Cover has no dust jacket. From Readers Digest "World's Best Reading" collection.

"Deep in the forbidding Tibetan wilderness, a plane with four passengers crashes near an ancient and uncharted lamasery. But their arrival in this land of eerie beauty is no accident......
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I enjoyed this book and found it a fascinating tale, which held one's interest. I can highly recommend it.