Review by William
September 22, 2020
“Lost Horizon” by James Hilton is a great book, filled with lots of mystery and adventure. It deals with themes such as happiness, moderation, and societal responsibilities while also immersing the reader in a mystical and mysterious world.
The novel follows Hugh Conway and a group of three other strangers when their plane crashes in the Himalayas and they stumble upon a heaven-like place called Shangri-La. The people of Shangri-La enjoy peace and harmony, live in fertile land, have enough wealth to live comfortably, and are able to live for centuries. Conway and the others must decide whether they want to stay in the paradise that is Shangri-La, or return back to civilization where there is war and the stress of everyday life.
What makes this such a fantastic read is that Hilton creates believable, relatable characters. The characters realistically develop meaningful relationships and have conflicts. The world-building is also fantastic as the reader is constantly left with a feeling of wonder and a fascination for the mysteries surrounding Shangri-La. However, as the book was written almost a century ago, the wording can be outdated at times. Overall, this novel does a great job entertaining the reader and is a must-read for people who enjoy a good story.