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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 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

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Lost HorizonTranuil 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 apocalyptic than Hilton imagined it would be The book is basically a call to preserve the human race's cultural artistic and philosophical patrimony in the face of its anticipated near total annihilation in the coming warAnother philosophical undercurrent here is Platonism which is clearly discernible in the glorification of the supposedly benevolent rule of what are in effect philosopher kings morally and intellectually far superior to the docile subject population that they rule for its own good; in the disparaging of emotion and passion as a juvenile enemy of exalted Reason; and in the upholding of moderation between two extremes as the all purpose ideal for human conduct Hilton's prep school and Cambridge Univ education of course in his day would have steeped him in classical thought He also has no real understanding of the religious mindset than a tone deaf person has of music with the difference that those of us who are tone deaf usually understand that we can't perceive something whereas that's not an awareness that troubles Hilton Despite the setting of much of the story in Tibet actual Eastern philosophy and Tibetan Buddhism doesn't furnish any real contribution to the ideology behind Shangri La None of Hilton's basic premises are very similar to mine But a real value of the novel for me was the way it encouraged me to compare and contrast my ideas with his and to gain insights from that process along the waySome reviewers have expressed dissatisfaction with the ending; and without resorting to spoilers I can say that I understand why However I don't share that dissatisfaction IMO the ending was perfectly crafted both to preserve the element of mystery and ambiguity that's often seen as essential in the speculative fiction tradition and importantly to make a human element central to the story arc rather than reducing it exclusively to a message driven essay just dressed up as fiction about human beings That's something the author deserves credit for as a writer

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PDF ↠ BOOK Lost Horizon FREE ↠ JAMES HILTON × [PDF] ✓ Lost Horizon By James Hilton – Insolpro.co.uk 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 monast While attMysterious 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 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 esue 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 in 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 inCross posted at This Insignificant Cinder