Book Synopsis

While attempting to escape a civil war, four people are kidnapped and transported to the Tibetan mountains. After their plane crashes, they are found by a mysterious Chinese man. He leads them to a monastery hidden in "the valley of the blue moon" -- a land of mystery and matchless beauty where life is lived in tranquil wonder, beyond the grasp of a doomed world ... It is here, in Shangri-La, where destinies will be discovered and the meaning of paradise will be unveiled ...

About the author

Born in Lancashire, England in 1900, James Hilton was both a best-selling novelist and a much sought-after Hollywood scriptwriter. His father, John, was a schoolmaster (on whom the hero of Hilton's Goodbye Mr. Chips is partly based) and moved the family to London where Hilton attended the prestigious Leys School. Hilton went to on to study at Christ's College, Cambridge where, at the age of seventeen, he placed an article in the Manchester Guardian, and later published his first novel, Catherine Herself, in 1920. After a stint at the Dublin newspaper, The Irish Independent, and the publication of several more novels, Hilton achieved immediate and lasting fame with Lost Horizon (1933) and Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1934). Hilton moved to Hollywood in 1935 and enjoyed great success as a scriptwriter, winning a Best Screenplay Oscar for Mrs. Miniver (1942). He died in Long Beach, California, in 1954.

Though most often remembered for its depiction of the mythical paradise of Shangra-La, Lost Horizon can perhaps most fruitfully be read as a probing character study and a fascinating contrast of eastern and western cultures.
  • About CCC Chinese Book Club:

    The CCC Book Club is one of the earlist book clubs targeting expariates living in Beijing and the only book meeting groups focusing on China-related books for the international community.

    At the CCC' s Book Club, participants are assigned a great book to read (or selected chapters) and then asked to discuss its meanings with other book club members, using their own interpretations. All assigned books (mostly China-related fiction and non-fiction, a mix of classics and modern ones in English or with English translation) are available at CCC library and bookshop or at major foreign-language book stores where participants are encouraged to purchase their own copies. You are also welcome even though you may not have read a single page of the book yet. Just join our discussion!

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    CCC Book Club day group:
    10:30 am, every third Wednesday of the month.

    CCC Book Club Evening Group:
    7:30 pm, every second Thursday of the month

    Note: sometimes the date is different because of holidays. So check the monthly calendar for the most up to date info during the month.

    Venue: Chinese Culture Club, Beijing, China.

    Join our monthly book chat on this book. You are also welcome even though you may not have read a single page of the book yet. Just join our discussion! 

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