Talk:Lost Horizon

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No mention of Shambhala?[edit]

SEE: ```` — Preceding unsigned comment added by Earrach (talkcontribs) 21:45, 31 January 2012 (UTC)


A BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Hilton's novel in three hourly episodes was broadcast in 1981.

(1) A note in the text says (said) "date requires confirmation". Can anyone confirm? Deleted date to be on the safe side meanwhile. (2) Obviously they weren't "hourly" episodes (broadcast every hour) but were there three episodes each an hour long, or an unspecified number of episodes each lasting three hours? The former seemed a safe guess but confirmation would be good. Flapdragon 17:04, 19 Jun 2005 (UTC)

A white-racist vision[edit]

No native Tibetans are found fit to be part of the long-lived community. One Chinese makes the grade, but mostly it is stray Europeans. A view that was old-fashioned even for its day.

--GwydionM 20:33, 27 January 2006 (UTC)

Chang remarks somewhere that "Chinese and Tibetans are in the majority" at the lamasery of Shangri-La, but there is reason not to believe him. The only Tibetans we actually meet there are bodyguards and servants, and the buildings are furnished and built in Chinese style ("the whole atmosphere was Chinese rather than specifically Tibetan", says the narrator).

Chang is Chinese and the female postulant Lo-Tsen is Manchu. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:29, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

Now here's a tiresome, sophomoric criticism - did your wet leftist university professor tell you that tripe? The Lamasary is multi-ethnic, including Europeans and Chinese at the least. The book was written for an English speaking audience, so it shouldn't surprise that it features English and American characters. That's the whole point - Westerners encountering a far-off hidden world. The playing of the 'racist card' here reveals an uneducated mind. MarkinBoston (talk) 01:47, 16 March 2012 (UTC)

Character names[edit]

Please note that the "Hugh Conway" was the character name used in the novel. "Richard Conway" and "Robert Conway" were alternate names used in the film versions but, as far as I know, do not apepar in the novel. I have reverted all instances of "Robert" and "Richard" to "Hugh", to keep the article consistent and relevant to the novel.--Jay Litman 15:39, 2 November 2006 (UTC)


This has been marked as a stub, since it has very little detail.


Should there be a mention of the sequel, "Shangri-La: The Return to the World of Lost Horizon" by Eleanor Cooney, Daniel Altieri (Contributor)? Does it even have a page on here? Not sure where to find it...

Alright, I created a link for it, and added it to the Shangri-La disambig page... Shangri-La (novel)

Yuletide 22:13, 13 December 2006 (UTC)

Though after a quick search on amazon, I see there are countless books following up on Lost Horizon, though there are only two that really claim to be sequels of any sort, the above and "Messenger: A Sequel to Lost Horizon" by Frank Demarco

upgraded to B class[edit]

sub class rating is 2 years old. Article is pretty substantial and well covers the book. More attention to the book's publicity and popularity (more detail and organizationa of the several one line paragraphs) would help the rating go higher. There are 4 good genera external links, but think there should be more, and perhaps some precise ones for individual factoids. —Preceding unsigned comment added by TCO (talkcontribs) 19:31, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

Not the first to be printed in paperback[edit]

"Because of its position as Number One in what became a very long list of Pocket editions, James Hilton's Lost Horizon is often cited as the first American paperback book, which is not correct. The first mass-market, pocket-sized, paperback book printed in America was an edition of Pearl Buck's The Good Earth, produced by Pocket Books as a proof-of-concept in late 1938, sold in New York City, and now very collectible." Took that off of the Paperback page on Wikipedia.

That's not Tibet, is it?[edit]

In the book, Shangri-La is somewhere in the Kunlun Mountains. That's a long way north of the Himalayas, right on the edge of Tibet if actually part of it. Also a long way (maybe 250 kilometres (160 mi)) from the Chinese city of Zhongdian (which I have been to). So I think this article should lessen its use of "Tibetan". Unbuttered parsnip (talk) mytime= Fri 22:40, wikitime= 14:40, 7 November 2014 (UTC)


Given the context I would suggest the use of word puns by Hilton: "High Lama" lived in "Shangri-la" and Dalai Lama lived in Lha-sa. 11 October 2015 — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:33, 11 October 2015 (UTC)