Thursday, February 09, 2006

Lost Horizon

Its been a long time. I condemn my laziness and call upon you to condemn it too..

I went back to a book that I had read when a boy. It lingered...the memory...

An elegantly written book, Lost Horizon has much in it to savour and digest. A mysteriously hijacked plane that crashes in a remote part of the world where the process of aging has been practically stalled, some profound comments about philosophy and culture.....a beautifully crafted tale. The exotic Shangri-La - it might exist even now, who knows? We do know of tales of those who claim to be thousands of years old (yes! write to me about that!) and of the mysterious Shambala, a world beneath the surface of the earth.

There is no arrogant preaching here about Christianity, though oddly, an important figure turns out to be a long-lost Missionary who develops a more respectful worldview and absorbs the best of the Oriental and the Occidental.

A touch of mysterious romance, a fugitive, a cerebral and an open-minded laid-back hero - and of course, a twist at the end.

Do read this book. You will thank me.


gautami tripathy said...

I too remember reading it long time back. Great book, indeed. Will re-read it.

Pragya said...

Will certainly read the book, can't resist anything that reads like satin!


david raphael israel said...

Really am familiar with it only in cinema form . . . -- a pleasant(though I vaguely think perhaps hokey) film.

I have an idea an earlier form of the myth underlying this, is the little tale written by Tao yuan-ming [aka Tao Qian] in 4th century AD, called Peach Blossom Spring. Or at least, that's one form of such a story (really it's found in various forms in various places, no doubt).