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Lost Horizon por James Hilton
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Lost Horizon (original 1933; edição 1972)

por James Hilton (Autor)

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Fleeing war-torn China, a small planeload of people is hijacked to an idyllic valley in the Himalayas where time has virtually stopped. There Conway, a British diplomat, falls in love with a beautiful woman, and is asked to remain in Shangri-La as its new leader.
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Read this in high school and have never forgotten it.

Celebrating the 70th anniversary of this magical and well-loved classic. Following a plane crash, Conway, a British consul; his deputy; a missionary; and an American financier find themselves in the enigmatic snow-capped mountains of uncharted Tibet. Here they discover a seemingly perfect hidden community where they are welcomed with gracious hospitality. Intrigued by its mystery, the travelers set about discovering the secret hidden at the shimmering heart of Shangri-La. ( )
  Gmomaj | Sep 14, 2021 |
My cup of tea. Makes we want to travel and explore that part of the world. ( )
1 vote kakadoo202 | Jun 27, 2021 |
Lost Horizon is not only notable for having created the influential concept of Shangri-La (which, though obviously preceded by Atlantis, Lemuria, Plato's Republic, and so forth, speaks to the 20th century much more clearly than those others do), but it pioneered an entire new book format: the paperback. I consider the latter to be more of an achievement, as it made reading dramatically cheaper and more accessible to the public, but as a representative of the subgenre of "psychological adventure novels examining Western culture", it isn't too bad either. It was written in 1933 and deals with lots of themes that made it a big hit both back then and now - orientalism vs Western culture, stasis vs growth and technological progress, revealed truth vs fidelity to oneself - all wrapped in several layers of frame narrative that do a good job of drawing the reader in while highlighting how fragile the chains of logic are that tie most people to their most cherished beliefs.

The book is told as a neurologist reading the manuscript of one Hugh Conway, a somewhat superhero-ish British Oxford product, who related to an acquaintance the tale of his adventure in the Tibetan highlands. At one point in the early 1930s, during an evacuation from India to Peshawar, his plane gets hijacked and his companions get taken to a mysterious mountain valley containing a lamasery where everyone is not only incredibly relaxed and dwelling in suspiciously perfect languid contemplation, but somehow have the best of everything. Slowly it's revealed that this valley has retained many Westerners over the years due to the magic powers of longevity and mental clarity it grants to residents, helped by a careful search and selection process run by the folks in charge. Conway and his hosts have many long philosophical talks about why living in the lamasery is superior to the outside world; ordinarily that technique of telling and not showing is not preferable, but since the real point of the book is the philosophical conflict between normal Western society and a live of Zen monk-ish reflection, which is hard to reduce to a more action-oriented plot, it works.

It works well with the chain of narration. While Conway's internal debate over whether or not to forsake the outside world obviously reminds me somewhat of all those other works where a Kindhearted European meets Noble Natives with Secret Wisdom Forsaken By Moderns, Hamilton is smart enough to present their lures as hearsay, which gives the main character an actual choice. Conway is never really sure what exactly is going on, and so the ending ambiguity, where he was either saved by western rationalism or missed out in spiritual enlightenment, feels more natural than something more cliché would have. There was no proof of anything either way, so it's up to people to make their own minds up about what really happened, much like with real religions. It's somewhat implausible that the taciturn Conway would really have spilled his guts to the friend who wrote his story down, but I accepted that decision as a narrative device.

A quick read, with a solid moral and a pioneering distribution format - not bad for what could have been yet another tedious screed against modernity. ( )
4 vote aaronarnold | May 11, 2021 |
Lost Horizon is a great example of middlebrow literature. And that is not bad, especially in comparison to today's low-brow culture, where the vast majority of people never open a book after finishing their education. When Lost Horizon was published, things were different. Shop girls and department store clerks eagerly anticipated the latest bestseller. And Lost Horizon became one of the 1930s' largest bestsellers. Not to mention that it was at the forefront of the Pocketbook revolution, making works of literature available in paperback form at a discounted price for the masses.

Yet it fits in with the sort of middlebrow literature that would especially become predominant in the late 1940s and 1950s. Particularly in the United States, where veterans of the Second World War and their families actually took stock of their lives and ambitions in a self-critical and self-reflective way. Lost Horizon feeds that impulse, offering an alternative view of how to live life more engagingly and even simply, with a mixture of Buddhist philosophy added, than the hustle bustle that created the Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. Although it first appealed to a postwar generation in psychological exile as a result of World War I, it would also generate an appeal to those living in the aftermath of the World War II and the nuclear age.

Not to mention that the 1937 film version of the novel was itself immensely popular, actually gaining in stature through the later decades. In that regard, it should be mentioned that Somerset Maugham's 1944 novel, The Razor's Edge, draws on some of the same material. Maugham's novel, however, suffers in comparison, being overly sanctimonious. But Maugham's novel is nothing compared to the insufferable 1946 film version of The Razor's Edge. In comparison the Hilton novel and film still carry a powerful and at times even understated message that makes both appealing to readers and viewers in any decade. ( )
1 vote PaulCornelius | Apr 12, 2020 |
Classic tale of Shangri-La. ( )
  JoBass | Apr 7, 2020 |
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Fleeing war-torn China, a small planeload of people is hijacked to an idyllic valley in the Himalayas where time has virtually stopped. There Conway, a British diplomat, falls in love with a beautiful woman, and is asked to remain in Shangri-La as its new leader.

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