Lost Horizon

Hilton, James (Book - 1960)
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Lost Horizon
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Originally published: New York: W. Morrow, c1933.
Authors: Hilton, James, 1900-1954
Title: Lost horizon
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, c1960.
Characteristics: 231 p. ;,18 cm.
Local Note: 6 53 60 112 123 133 143 151 231 242 244 250
ISBN: 0671832018
Statement of Responsibility: James Hilton
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction-1960.
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This book takes a long time to read each page takes a long time.

May 16, 2010
  • lisahiggs rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Lost Horizon was the first paperback ever published. It also originated the term “Shangri-La”, and in this utopia there is racial, cultural, political, sexual, and religious harmony. The inhabitants live by a philosophy of moderation, and feel that laziness in doing stupid things is a virtue. There is also a surprising sci-fi bent behind the purpose of the existence of Shangri-La that I won’t spoil.

This book was published in 1933 – and then started the paperback revolution in 1939 – and shows its age the same way an old movie does: the pacing is slower, the payoff is less intense, but the characters have surprisingly modern sensibilities which makes me wonder what we’ve been doing since 1933. If this kind of thinking was around 75 years ago, why does it seem that today’s society is even less modern than that?


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