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James Hilton (1) (1900–1954)

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James Hilton was born in Leigh, Lancashire, England on September 9, 1900. While attending the Leys School in Cambridge, he published several stories in the school magazine. In 1918, he won a scholarship to Christ's College, Cambridge, where he joined the University Officer Training Squadron. Before visa mer he saw any action, the war ended. He published his first novel, Catherine Herself, in 1920, while still an undergraduate. After Cambridge, he became a freelance journalist, writing chiefly for The Manchester Guardian and later The Irish Independent and reviewing fiction for The Daily Telegraph. During this time, he had several more of his novels published, though without conspicuous success. In 1931, he enjoyed his first popular success with And Now Goodbye and was able to take up writing fiction full time. His other works include Lost Horizon, which won the Hawthornden Prize, Goodbye Mr. Chips, and Random Harvest, all of which were made into highly successful motion pictures. In 1935, he was invited to Hollywood to work as a screenwriter. He wrote screenplays for Camille, Foreign Correspondent, Forever and a Day, The Story of Dr. Wassell, The Tuttles of Tahiti, and We Are Not Alone. He won the Best Screenplay Oscar for Mrs. Miniver in 1942. During his Hollywood years, he continued to write novels including Nothing So Strange, Morning Journey, and Time and Time Again. He also served as the narrator for Madame Curie and the adaptation of his novel So Well Remembered, in addition to hosting CBS Radio's Hallmark Playhouse from 1948 until 1953. He died of liver cancer on December 20, 1954. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre


Verk av James Hilton

Bortom horisonten (1933) 3,874 exemplar
Adjö, mr Chips (1934) 2,241 exemplar
Slumpens skördar (1941) 495 exemplar
So Well Remembered (1945) 162 exemplar
Var det mord? (1931) 127 exemplar
Intet är så sällsamt (1947) 126 exemplar
Time and Time Again (1953) 125 exemplar
Mrs. Miniver [1942 film] (1942) — Screenwriter — 109 exemplar
Riddare utan rustning (1934) 64 exemplar
Resa i gryningen (1951) 49 exemplar
Och nu farväl (1931) 46 exemplar
The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944) 46 exemplar
To You, Mr. Chips (1938) 40 exemplar
Great Modern Short Novels (1966) — Bidragsgivare; Bidragsgivare — 39 exemplar
We Are Not Alone (1937) 36 exemplar
Ill Wind (1932) 31 exemplar
The Passionate Year (1939) 22 exemplar
The Dawn of Reckoning (1925) 14 exemplar
Catherine Herself (1946) 4 exemplar
Terry 3 exemplar
Storm Passage (2003) 3 exemplar
The Perfect Plan 2 exemplar
It's a Crazy World 1 exemplar
The Failure 1 exemplar
The Bat King 1 exemplar
Lives of Men 1 exemplar

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Men at War: The Best War Stories of All Time (1942) — Bidragsgivare — 283 exemplar
Murder at the Manor: Country House Mysteries (2016) — Bidragsgivare — 160 exemplar
More Stories to Remember, Volume I (1958) — Bidragsgivare — 82 exemplar
Lost Horizon [1937 film] (1937) — Original book — 77 exemplar
Best Loved Books for Young Readers 04 (1831) — Författare — 68 exemplar
More Stories to Remember, Volumes I & II (1958) — Bidragsgivare — 55 exemplar
XII Twelve Short Novels (1961) — Bidragsgivare — 34 exemplar
Tales of Dungeons and Dragons (1986) — Bidragsgivare — 23 exemplar
Goodbye, Mr. Chips [1969 film] (1969) — Författare — 16 exemplar
20 Best Film Plays (1943) — Bidragsgivare — 16 exemplar
More O. Henry: One Hundred more of the Master's Stories (1933) — Inledning, vissa utgåvor15 exemplar
Ellery Queen’s Eleven Deadly Sins (1991) — Bidragsgivare — 6 exemplar
The Story of Dr. Wassell [1944 film] (1944) — Original book — 4 exemplar
Knight Without Armour [1937 film] (1937) — Original novel — 3 exemplar
Best Stories from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine — Bidragsgivare — 2 exemplar
Ten Great Stories: A New Anthology (1945) — Bidragsgivare — 2 exemplar


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This edition includes three of Hilton's best and most famous novels: Lost Horizon; Good-bye Mr. Chips; and Random Harvest. All three were wonderful and highly recommended.

Lost Horizon: Lost Horizon is a masterwork of modern fiction and one of the most enduring classics of the twentieth century, thrilling and ageless. Hugh Conway experienced humanity at its worst while fighting in the trenches of WWI. Conway is now a British diplomat serving in Afghanistan, where he is caught in the middle of a civil war that compels him to evacuate the nation via plane. When Conway's (a British diplomat) plane crashes high in the Himalayas, a mysterious guide finds him and leads him to a breath-taking discovery: the hidden Valley of Shangri-La. Shangri-La, which has been kept hidden from the rest of the world for over two centuries, is akin to paradise—a location where people have lived for generations in peace.

Good-bye Mr. Chips: Mr. Chipping, known fondly to his students as Mr. Chips, is the beloved Latin master at a quiet boy’s school. For forty-three years he acts as the heart and the soul of his institution, proving that dedication, love and good sense of humor can make all the difference to generations of children.

Random Harvest: It is set in the period immediately after the outbreak of the first World War. It is told in the first person by Harrison, and by means of two extended external analepses tells the story of Charles Rainier, a wealthy businessman and politician, from the time he was invalided out of the army during World War I, his subsequent memory loss and partial recovery, his assuming control of the family business to his attempts to recover his memory just as Hitler invades Poland.
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Gmomaj | 96 andra recensioner | Nov 24, 2023 |
Simple. Como UP. Cómo pasa la vida. La percepción errada del otro.
Alvaritogn | 49 andra recensioner | Sep 30, 2023 |
I have not read a book this quickly in ages. This book is so good--That I want to keep it for myself and not share it with anyone--As if it was written just for me. "Lost Horizon" is a mainstream novel and a masterpiece making use of a succinct yet uncomplicated writing style. Recently I had a memory of Frank Capra's film version of this novel--That I first saw over 40 years ago--And I decided to watch it again. I was so impressed and moved by the picture that I decided to read the novel. The film captures the essence of the novel; although the on-screen characters were significantly changed by Capra--Presumably to pull at the heart strings more effectively. Yet despite the characters, and their relationships to each other, having been modified for the movie version of "Lost Horizon"--The film and its definitive message still end up resembling the book quite closely. This novel--That Amazon categorizes as "metaphysical"--Will melt any cynic's heart. The idea of living peacefully, serenely and stress-free may be compelling in theory to many Westerners--But their fascination would not be enough for them to give up their striving, competing, overworking and generally not enjoying life to the fullest. In Buddhism all suffering is created in the mind, and so the lamas of Shangri-La use their practice of clairvoyant meditation to keep it at bay. Yet ultimately what guides Shangri-La is the principle of moderation, where one avoids being "too virtuous" as well. Reading "Lost Horizon" I could not help but be reminded of Herman Hesse's "The Glass Bead Game"--Another masterpiece which also deals with the themes of a Utopia influenced, and intertwined with, aspects of Eastern philosophy / religion--In particular the practice of meditation. In closing--The idea of a "world apart"--Where mankind is encouraged to be the "highest possible version" of itself--Is a timeless notion that will always be seductive.… (mer)
stephencbird | 96 andra recensioner | Sep 19, 2023 |
Even if life seems like a random harvest between surprising positive and negative meaningless events, love can always find a way to have a life changing purpose. This is a very good novel that examined the peace culture in post World War I England.

Charles, a war veteran severely wounded in the trenches tried to find some sense in his life filled with shell shocked sporadic memory. Like James hilton's earlier novel, “Lost Horizon,” this novel is remarkably prescient considering today's seemingly chaotic peace between the wars.

The precarious peace that was achieved after World War 1 seemed to leave British citizens desperately yearning for return to a way of life that was more an illusion than a reality. Politics had became increasingly aggressive in European countries. One country after another was attempting to assert its former dominance whether large or small.

People seemed to wander here and there looking for some sort of purpose in the culture of Peace. Celebrations of peace were slowly but surely evaporating. The common reaction was to wait and see what happens and try to maintain a peace at all costs.
There was a rise of nations that had not learned anything from the horrors of the First World War. These European nations only needed a single world tyrant to raise the specter of aggression.
Just as we allowed the Vietnam War and our desert wars to spawn the current batch of sociopaths in government, European citizens relied on well-meaning optimists obeying the laws of a rational culture to magically return the world to peace and prosperity.
In Random Harvest Charles the victim of major injuries in the trenches of war wanders around Europe looking for the keys to his vague memory of a peaceful existence.
Sometimes peace on earth is measured in money and property, but these do not phase Charles. He is looking for something in his lost memory that perhaps was worth the risk of dying for in the past and living for in the present. He does not know that it will be a random meeting, a chance encounter with the love of his life that will be the treasure of the random harvest of his life.
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GarySeverance | 22 andra recensioner | Aug 28, 2023 |



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