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Old 07-18-2010, 04:18 AM   #1
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Hilton, James: Lost Horizon, v1, 18 July 2010

"Lost Horizon is a 1933 novel by English writer James Hilton. It is best remembered as the origin of Shangri-La, a fictional utopian lamasery high in the mountains of Tibet.
The plot revolves around Hugh Conway, a veteran member of the British diplomatic service, who finds inner peace, love, and a sense of purpose in Shangri-La, whose inhabitants enjoy unheard-of longevity.
Among the book's themes is an allusion to the possibility of another cataclysmic world war brewing, as indeed it was at the time. It is said to have been inspired at least in part by accounts of travels in Tibetan borderlands, published in the National Geographic by the explorer and botanist Joseph Rock. The remote communities he visited, such as Muli, show many similarities to the fictional Shangri-La. One such town, Zhongdian, has now officially renamed itself as Shangri La (Chinese: Xianggelila) because of its claim to be the inspiration for the novel."
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In the US, and as far as I know the world, the first paperback publisher (of course they were what we call today "mass market paperbacks") was Pocket Books, and their first paperback release was Lost Horizon.
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In the US, and as far as I know the world, the first paperback publisher (of course they were what we call today "mass market paperbacks") was Pocket Books, and their first paperback release was Lost Horizon.
Nope. Penguin Books in Britain and a German bunch beat them to it.
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Just did a quick scan of the book. Is the Epilogue REALLY supposed to come before Chapter 11 as it does in the ebook?
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