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The Painted Veilby W. Somerset Maugham
Synopses & Reviews
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 toaccompany 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 toreassess her life and learn how to love.
The Painted Veil is a beautifully written affirmation of the human capacity to grow, to change, and toforgive.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Kitty Fane's affair with Assistant Colonial Secretary Townsend, a married man, is interrupted when she is taken from Hong Kong by her vengeful bacteriologist husband to accompany him to his new post amid a raging cholera epidemic. Reissue. (A Warner Independent Pictures film, directed by John Curran, releasing Fall 2006, starring Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, & Anthony Wong) (Historical Fiction)
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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