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Lost Horizon (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

James Hilton
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The excellent narration of this production conveys the otherworldly atmosphere of this classic tale of Shangri-la. In this still timely tale foreigners lost in Tibetan mountains find their dreams and then lose them in the harsh glare of reality. It takes place before World War II and is a metaphor for our lost innocence and the end of paradise. Kay's narrative is excellent in this fully voiced interpretation of British, American and Chinese characters. The production is marred by music which is not real but tinny, Hollywood-Chinese music. This is an excellent choice as a classic for listeners of all ages. E.F. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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"Hilton's premise strikes a deep chord in today's 'everything is relative' society. His utopia retains all its charm and, in his creation of Shangri-La, he added something permanently to the language" (Guardian)

"Lost Horizon introduced the world to a Tibetan paradise where people live extraordinarily long lives of peace, harmony and wisdom. Expertly plotted and deftly written, Hilton's book suggests mysteries without spelling them out - and leaves us wanting more" (New York Times)

"James Hilton invented the name Shangri-La for a paradise on earth in a book that captured the imagination of a public dealing with financial hardships and the threat of Nazism" (Observer)

"More than 60 years after James Hilton wrote Lost Horizon, launching one of the century's most enduring literary mysteries, the search for paradise on earth has led to the mountains of south-west China… Hilton intended it as a pacifist parable; Hollywood turned it into a romantic blockbuster" (Guardian)

"The important thing to note about this very fine novel - the tale of an adventure in Tibet - is that it is unusual and the product of a first-class mind...a wildly exciting story, nightmare, fantasy, or what you will" (Daily Express)

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 very british and little chinese 26 novembre 2015
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Ce roman du début du 20ème siècle est assez passionnant mais pas pour la description des marches tibétaines qui sont plus fantasmées (c'était à la mode à l'époque) que réelles. Par contre le style et les descriptions des relations entre les personnages sont amusantes et originales. On ne s'ennuie pas.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Très belle escapade mentale 2 décembre 2009
Par Monsoeur
C'est un livre dont non seulement l'intrigue est passionnante mais aussi qui nous fait rêver car l'action se situe dans un lieu imaginaire et mythique. La lecture de ce roman est le remède idéal pour oublier les soucis et la grisaille du quotidien.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 copie ? 4 décembre 2013
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On dirait une copie pour les facs, ou une auto-édition hyper cheap... Déçu, illisible car imprimé très petit en plus....
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 MY FAVORITE STORY 10 août 1999
Par sirrom99 - Publié sur Amazon.com
When I was a teenager, I went to see the movie Lost Horizon seven times. During my 74 years, I read the book many times. After I retired, I made four trips to that part of the world, and spent many months each time searching for that wonderful Shangri-La dream. If you have never read Hilton's classic, and you are a person with an optimistic spiritual outlook, then The Lost Horizon is a must for you. If you read it and want to believe it, then you should visit Burma and the temples of the ancient city of Pagon, and then spend time in the three kingdoms of the Himalayas: Nepal, Ladakh and Bhutan, in that order. You will be moved to tell others, or write about your spiritual experience. I was so moved. May your days be filled with the magic of life. Sirrom
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Shangri-La or Shambhala- I'd make the journey in a minute! 29 décembre 2004
Par OAKSHAMAN - Publié sur Amazon.com
What struck me most about this book is how non-dated it was for having been written in 1933. First of all, the story starts in Afghanistan during an airlift to evacuate foreign nationals during an anti-western revolution. Next, the main characters are essentially skyjacked to an unknown destination against their will for unknown purposes. As for the characters, they seem very familiar and contemporary also: a world-weary and burned-out government bureaucrat, a gung-ho and impatient young military officer, a business man that has stolen over 100 million dollars from investors through stock fraud, and a fundamentalist Christian missionary that believes in one "true" religion and holds all others in contempt. There is also the conviction among several of these characters that globally "the whole game's going to pieces."

However, there is also something hauntingly timeless about this story. It occurs to me that the hidden civilization of Shangri-La is based on the mythical kingdom of Shambhala, where immortal masters live that look after the evolution and welfare of mankind. The great mountain of Karacul that looms over the valley also seems symbolic of Mt. Meru- the axis of the cosmos- and where the gods are reputed to dwell. It is certainly no coincidence that most of the people that find Shangri-La are the world weary- and the journey comes close to killing them. That would seem to be a metaphor for spiritual enlightenment. For this is what the lucky and the worthy find in Shangri-La, all the time in the world, or rather out of the world, for contemplation, preservation of all the worthy attainments of the human race, and the pursuit of wisdom. Sounds pretty close to heaven to me....

An interesting side note is the fact that _Lost Horizon_ was the first paperback title ever published by Pocket Books in 1939. This particular edition bears the same classic cover art as the original.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Masterpiece 28 novembre 2001
Par Gary F. Taylor - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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 siutation--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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A wonderful novel of hope and faith. 10 juillet 2000
Par Dan Barksdale III - Publié sur Amazon.com
When I read this book, I was transformed! I could actually breath the fresh, cold, Himalayan air that Conway and his entourage and the people of Shangri-La breathed. The language the novel is written in is beautiful and picturesque.
When Conway and his companions flee the warring land they come from, (in a way) they find themselves hijacked, whisked away to paradise: Shangri-La, a place where the air is clean and the living is natural and spiritual and, "moderate." Where people live naturally long lives, hundreds of years, in peace, in love, at one with nature. Hilton's book wisely illustrates that some can never be happy in paradise, they must go on and on searching, but too incredulous to ever actually find anything. In Shangri-La the people, the good, natural people await the destruction of the "outside world," which will surely occur at it's own hand sooner or later as long as people rule themselves with war, lack of moderation, hatred, and a lack of regard for the spiritual nature of humanity. Then the people of Shangri-La will spread the paradise to the far reaches of earth. No doubt, James Hilton has read not only the Bible, but many other spiritual books, because I find myself thinking of Buddism, Judaism, Christianity (as opposed to Christendom), Hinduism, and other Eastern religions and forms of spirituality and well as Western religion and forms of spirituality. What an inspiring view.
The "outside" world will eventually destroy itself if humanity continues on the road of "unintelligent leadership," war, hatred, discrimination, excess, selfishness, lack of moderation, lack of respect and care for nature, lack of conservation, lack of respect for self, and lack of respect and care for other human beings and all our fellow animals. The question is: Will there be a "Shangri-La" there to save us? Do we really want to take that chance?
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A thought provoking classic 18 juillet 2000
Par David E. Levine - Publié sur Amazon.com
In purchasing books for my sons' from their summer reading lists, I purchased this, for myself, from the high school recommended reading list. My reading is mostly non fiction but occasionally I like to catch up on a classic I should have read years ago. This is such a book. The story is about four individuals' unplanned trip to the mysterious Shangri-La, located in an isolated location in Tibet. Shangri-La is a place where people live stress free and in moderation. This novel, written in 1933, is highly readible and moves quickly. This wistful tale poses many questions such as "is it better to live stress free with time on our hands or to live in the modern world with it's material opportunities?" Another question is "do we believe things based on trust and hope or solely based upon the credible evidence?" A third question might be, "is moderation in a happy, stress free situation better than a world where we feel great passions but also endure periods of unhappiness?" This wonderful tale is a great antidote to the stress of the modern world.
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