Lost Horizon and Shangri-La

Back in 1963, I lent my copy of the book, Lost Horizon which was written by James Hilton in 1933, to my biology teacher, Mr. Beck. I really liked that novel. It told of a place called Shangri-La, where people lived for hundreds of years as long as they never left their lush green valley high in the mountains.

In addition to reading the book, I saw both film versions of the novel, Lost Horizon (1937) and Lost Horizon (1973), when they were shown on television

It’s a good thing I have a fairly good long-term memory to recall the story as told in the book as well as it was depicted in the movies because Mr. Beck never did return my book despite my reminders to him throughout high school.

Gee, I wonder whatever happened to Mr. Beck. Perhaps he ran off and resettled in Shangri-La. It is that thought which led me to yet another of my internet searches.

In looking around the internet I have found several places called Shangri-La (see below) but I still have not located Mr. Beck.

Shangri-La Resort on the Mississippi River/Cass Lake Chain in Northern Minnesota.
Shangri-La by the Lake RV Park & Camping in Jamestown, Pennsylvania.
Sierra Shangri-La Resort near Downieville, California.
The world-wide chain of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.
Shangri La, the Honolulu home of Doris Duke.
Shangri-La RV Resort in Yuma, Arizona.
Shangri La Ranch, a family-oriented clothing-optional recreational facility just north of Phoenix, Arizona.


About Roland Louis Hansen

I have been: an organization development consultant; a college-level instructor of political science, psychology, and sociology; a public administrator; a social worker; an elected official; a political operative; a community activist; a union official; a shoe salesman and manager, a factory worker; a fast food restaurant employee; and, a custodian.
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2 Responses to Lost Horizon and Shangri-La

  1. Tim Higgins says:


    That really was a wonderful book, but it’s even harder to pass up a Ronald Coleman, Jane Wyatt flick of those days. Portions of the movie have been lost to time, but it’s still a wonderful portrayal of human beings as we would like them to be.

    It’s sad however, that mankind cannot come up with any noble idea without findiing a way to corrupt it for commercial use.


  2. Roland says:

    Ah, the entrepeneurial spirit is alive!


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