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Read Lost Horizon ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ ✪ Lost Horizon pdf ✩ Author James Hilton – While attempting to escape a civil war four people are kidnapped and transported to the Tibetan mountains After their plane crashes they are found by a mysterious Chinese man He leads them to a monMysterious Chinese man He leads them to a monastery hidden in the valley of the blue moon a land of mystery and matchless beauty where life is lived in. I hummed Lara’s Theme while reading most of Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago a couple of years back Similarly the first two lines of this Burt Bacharach composition was inside my ears while reading this book♪♫♪ Have you ever dreamed of a placeFar away from it allWhere the air you breathe is soft and cleanAnd children play in fields of greenAnd the sound of gunsDoesn't pound in your ears any ♪♫♪♪♫♪ Have you ever dreamed of a placeFar away from it allWhere the winter winds will never blowAnd living things have room to growAnd the sound of gunsDoesn¹t pound in your ears any ♪♫♪But I did not know neither the words nor the melody of the 3rd to the 6th lines of each stanza So I went to wwwlyricscom and searched for this song There is actually a 3rd stanza but I did not know how to sing it too Do you know how the whole song goes This is the 1937 theme song for the Frank Capra’s movie adaptation of James Hilton’s 1933 wondrous classic Lost Horizon and I only know the first two lines Pity me It’s very soulful and melodious as it creates images of peace and uiet of being in harmony with nature like going to a serene restful place That place is Shangri La Not the famous five star hotel chain although this book inspired the owners of that hotel chain that started in Singapore “La” in Shangri La means mountain according to this book and it is the place where aging process slows down people believe in moderation on everything and everyone loves everyone else regardless of religion social status personal beliefs etc In other words this book is a utopian book So paging fans of dystopian genre come and check this book out and give yourself a respite from reading pessimists and doomsayers predicting only bad things to happen in this world This book by James Hilton 1900 1954 was first published in 1933 but it was only noticed by readers after he released his other novel Goodbye Mr Chips Lost Horizon was filmed in 1939 the same year when it was released as mass paperback by Pocket Books In fact Lost Horizon is considered as the first pocketbook and officially has this title Pocketbook #1 Paperback books have been around since the 1800s but this was the first book that made people afford to read books and they could place books inside their pockets Thus mass paperback books are called pocketbooks Hilton’s prose is clear and succinct The plot is intriguing and intricately woven The philosophical and religious musings are about right The characters are well developed as each are given hisher own back story and motivation on why heshe wants to stay rather than leave Shangri La The use of the framework story narrated by a neurologist is effective and not confusing The characters voices are clearly distinctive and Hilton’s imagination is just awesome Wiki says that he was inspired to write this book by reading National Geographic magazine where a place similar to this in the Tibetan mountains was featured with the corresponding explorer disappeared incognito My only small gripe is that I found the description of the supposedly breathtaking place lacking Had Hilton been Charles Dickens Henry James or even Michael Oondatje of The English Patient I am sure he would have devoted pages and pages of wonderful descriptions about the place Well maybe Hil

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Tranuil wonder beyond the grasp of a doomed worldIt is here in Shangri La where destinies will be discovered and the meaning of paradise will be unveile. Like some other books this is one that I read only because it was picked as a common read in one of my Goodreads groups While I'd heard of it before it had never struck me as something I wanted to read In some cases books I read this way proved to be five star reads This one didn't impress me to that extent; but I did ultimately like it well enough to give it three stars and found it thought provoking on various levelsIt's a somewhat challenging book to review and even to classify With regard to the latter point I finally settled on science fiction for its genre though it's very unlike most American SF from that era Nor does it fit into the lost race tradition popular on both sides of the Atlantic before and between the World Wars But it does have a central speculative element to its plot the idea of long extension of human life though not actual immortality nor anything like it by purely natural means This element is suarely in the soft SF tradition characteristic of the British than the American genre a literary conceit employed to set up and serve the human social and philosophical uestions the author wants to explore It isn't based on any serious study of the actual causes of aging nor on extrapolation from any known techniue or effectApart from two framing sections that filter the main narrative through an effect of in Washington Irving's term for the techniue resonance the premise of the latter is fairly simple Four people viewpoint character Conway a WWI veteran now a British consul; his younger vice consul Mallinson; a missionary lady; and a rather mysterious American being evacuated by air from a local uprising apparently on the northwest frontier of what was then British India find their plane hijacked by a mystery pilot taking them to an unknown destination far to the East Any direct information would reveal plot elements that the author preferred to disclose gradually; and the genuine suspense of reading it with no knowledge of the plot than is inevitable with normal cultural literacy about a 1933 classic is actually an integral part of the reading experience For the same reason I don't recommend reading the cover copy of this edition nor the Goodreads description; where they aren't inaccurate and misleading they can be spoilerish to a degreeBasically however this is a novel of ideas; the plot exists strictly to serve the author's messages These are the messages of a pessimistic primarily secular humanist British intellectual whose view of the world was deeply shadowed and scarred by the Great War The reference to Conway's wartime experience was convincing enough to make me suspect Hilton was himself a veteran He wasn't having turned 18 just a couple of months before the Armistice; but he was still part of the rising bourgeois liberal Lost Generation that was epochally disillusioned by the scope of the carnage He was also clearly hag ridden by the prospect of a second world war which he expected to be apocalyptic He often gets credit for being brilliantly prescient but his expectation was probably the fruit of dogmatic pessimism than of astute observation of world politics; though the book was published in 1933 I'm guessing it was probably actually written before Hitler became Chancellor And the actual World War II though bad enough was far less ap

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Lost HorizonWhile attempting to escape a civil war four people are kidnapped and transported to the Tibetan mountains After their plane crashes they are found by a. Skyjacked Unheard of in the early 1930's yet it did happen to four passengers in Afghanistan during a civil conflict there sounds sadly familiar A mad Asian pilot with a gun does flying east into the tallest mountains in the world The aircraft goes above around and hopefully not through them a spectacular view for those with the guts to look beautiful the Himalayas and frightening too Tibet an almost unknown country with few visitors who return back home to report their findings the apparent destination Glory Hugh Conway a British consul in some half forgotten and remote city in Asia suffering shell shock from WW1 His vice consul young hot tempered Charles Mallinson rather impetuous or just a coward A missionary Roberta Brinklow a little past her prime the unkind would say And the only non British one on board the plane American Henry Barnard mysterious jovial a typical citizen of that country hiding something Landing at an isolated mountainous spot not really a runway getting refueled by people with lots of guns the passengers are encouraged to stay in the plane and obey with few arguments heroes none here Again in the air hour after hour always heading higher and higher into the mountains The fuel is getting very low and must land soon they do crashing in a valley Where Nobody knows since the pilot soon expires No food or appropriate clothes for this harsh frigid climate no way to get back to civilization All see their deaths here though next morning a miracle occurs people are coming in their direction An old Chinese man Chang with a dozen others leads them to mythical Shangri La However first a little mountain climbing up dizzy heights which scare his friends never Conway a former mountain climber in the lofty Alps Ropes are used stomachs lost but at long last they enter the Valley of the Blue Moon as the natives accurately call it The impressive Karakal Mountain Blue Moon at 28000 feet in elevation Looking terrifying to the tiny newcomers An uniuely contented peacefulenchantingbreathtaking paradise A long ways from the constant wars and upheavals of the unstable world sanctuary for those that need it An imposing prosperous Buddhist monastery is it still overlooking and dominating the valley a majestic view below a few thousand happy inhabitants The other monks seldom are seen there Chang gives them food rooms books to read and even music to listen to in the Lamasery Played by Lo Tsen a talented Manchu girl a teenager she seems The High Lama strangely is European and looks like he's 100 years old he's older And doesn't give much information to the curious MrConway Many secrets are kept from the newcomers uestions are asked when can they leave Much longer to stay for the foreigners What's the purpose of the valley How do they make money And some of them begin to like the unearthly situation here others decidedlythe opposite This Shangri La is not a bad place to live in A fantasy from the '30's which has appeal even today maybe not so strange