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Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, The Painted Veil is the story of the beautiful but love-starved Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic. Stripped of the British society of her youth and the small but effective society she fought so hard to attain in Hong Kong, she is compelled by her awakening conscience to reassess her life and learn how to love.

The Painted Veil is a beautifully written affirmation of the human capacity to grow, to change, and to forgive.

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"The modern writer who has influenced me the most." George Orwell

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"An expert craftsman. His style is sharp, quick, subdued, casual." The New York Times

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"The Painted Veil was first published in 1925 and is usually described as a strong story about a woman's spiritual journey. To more pragmatic, modern eyes, Kitty's emotional growth appears minimal. Still, if not a major feminist work, the book has literary interest." Library Journal

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Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, The Painted Veil is the story of the beautiful but love-starved Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic. Stripped of the British society of her youth and the small but effective society she fought so hard to attain in Hong Kong, she is compelled by her awakening conscience to reassess her life and learn how to love.

The Painted Veil is a beautifully written affirmation of the human capacity to grow, to change, and to forgive.

About the Author

W. Somerset Maugham was one of the twentieth century's most popular novelists as well as a celebrated playwright, critic, and short story writer. He was born in Paris but grew up in England and served as a secret agent for the British during World War I. He wrote many novels, including the classics Of Human Bondage, The Razor's Edge, Cakes and Ale, Christmas Holiday, The Moon and Sixpence, Theatre, and Up at the Villa.

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nazifakarima, October 8, 2009 (view all comments by nazifakarima)
This is the book that first made me hating kitty fane for her immoral decisions, but then I don't know why I felt like reading it again. And this time I realized Maugham was not talking about any angel. he has portrayed a very normal human-being of flesh and blood, one part of whose mind who has fathomless desire while the other part constantly feels guilt.
The journey through the book was about growing self-respect. We, humans make mistakes, but the most important thing is that whether we repent or not. There can be no bigger penalty than repentance. Kitty regrets her decisions...so I think she is forgivable. Well that's my very own point of view.

And about Walter, well, I feel pity for him. Though I know life has no place for fairy-tales but the end of this man could have been much better.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307277770
Author:
Maugham, W. Somerset
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Movie-TV Tie-In - General
Subject:
Media Tie-In - General
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
Adultery
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
November 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.16x5.52x.57 in. .41 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780307277770 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The modern writer who has influenced me the most."
"Review" by , "An expert craftsman. His style is sharp, quick, subdued, casual."
"Review" by , "The Painted Veil was first published in 1925 and is usually described as a strong story about a woman's spiritual journey. To more pragmatic, modern eyes, Kitty's emotional growth appears minimal. Still, if not a major feminist work, the book has literary interest."
"Synopsis" by , Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, The Painted Veil is the story of the beautiful but love-starved Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic. Stripped of the British society of her youth and the small but effective society she fought so hard to attain in Hong Kong, she is compelled by her awakening conscience to reassess her life and learn how to love.

The Painted Veil is a beautifully written affirmation of the human capacity to grow, to change, and to forgive.

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