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ISBN13: 9781400034215
ISBN10: 1400034213
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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 centurys 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 Razors Edge, Cakes and Ale, Christmas Holiday, The Moon and Sixpence, Theatre, and Up at the Villa.

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Erin Naillon, June 1, 2007 (view all comments by Erin Naillon)
This story of a young woman's journey to self-knowledge is a refreshingly pro-feminist tale by a master storyteller, all the more interesting due to the time when it was written (1920s) and the fact that our heroine is no saint, no martyr, but a very human woman who makes mistakes and must pay the price. Told entirely from the point of view of Kitty Fane, a middle-class housewife who has been caught by her husband having an affair with a married man, the story takes us from Kitty's stifling upbringing by a domineering, social-climbing mother, to her hasty marriage to a young man she barely knows, to the affair and its aftermath. The plot is full of surprises and small gems of wisdom.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400034215
Author:
Maugham, W. Somerset
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
China
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Adultery
Subject:
British
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
Psychological fiction
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Cholera
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Domestic fiction
Subject:
Bacteriologists
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;china;cholera;hong kong;classic;adultery;classics;novel;british;literature;1920s;marriage;20th century;england;love;english;colonialism;disease;romance;historical fiction;infidelity;asia;maugham;british literature;english literature;nuns;british f
Subject:
fiction;china;cholera;hong kong;classic;adultery;classics;novel;british;literature;1920s;marriage;20th century;england;love;english;colonialism;disease;romance;historical fiction;infidelity;asia;maugham;british literature;english literature;nuns;british f
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
v. 49
Publication Date:
20040231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.15 x 0.5 in 0.4 lb

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