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FREE BOOKNOTES - LOST HORIZON BY JAMES HILTON
The climax of a plot is the major turning point that allows the protagonist
to resolve the conflict. The climax occurs when Perrault names Conway
as the new High Lama and then dies.
The outcome, resolution, or denouement occurs when Conway finally agrees
to take Mallinson and Lo-Tsen back to the outer world even though he has
no desire to leave himself. What happens to him after he leaves but before
he comes across Rutherford is never known, but he tells his story and
tries to find his way back to the paradise he so unwillingly left.
The narrator reads a manuscript written by Rutherford telling the story of four travelersí experiences, after being hijacked, in a mysterious valley known as Shangri-La. Conway, the main character of the four, falls in love with the Valley of Blue Moon and eventually is named the new High Lama. Barnard and Miss Brinklow also find happiness in staying there. Only Mallinson desperately wants to leave and his negativity creates an imbalance there for all the characters.
Eventually, Conway agrees to lead him out of the valley, but he is the only one who survives the trip. Then, once he overcomes amnesia, Conway disappears again in a bid to return to the paradise he had come to love. In the end, the narrator and Rutherford come to believe in the existence of Shangri-La and desperately hope that Conway finds his way there again.
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