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The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham

The Painted Veil (1925)

by W. Somerset Maugham

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The story begins with the very unlikable Kitty Fane. She is selfish, vain, and is bored with her husband. After an adulterous affair, Kitty travels with her husband to an area stricken by cholera.

Kitty begins to work in the nearby convent while the nuns nurse those stricken with the disease. During this time, Kitty attempts to repair her broken marriage. Just when she begins to make amends, tragedy strikes. Kitty is left alone to face her demons.

I enjoyed watching Kitty's character evolve throughout the story. I first noticed the change when she began embracing the orphans in her care instead of being repulsed by them. She begins to understand that, in the face of so much suffering, her problems are very small. Kitty begins to empathize with others and make better choices. In the end, Kitty is stronger than she realizes and her tragedy is really the beginning of a new life. ( )
  AlexisLovesBooks | Jan 26, 2016 |
At times thoroughly depressing and at others transformative, this book is brutal in its exploration of conscience. It can seem melodramatic, but is nevertheless worthwhile. Well captured in the Edward Norton/Naomi Watts version of the film (which I recommend). ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Redemption, purpose, redefining life's meaning.

"Kitty is compelled by her awakening conscience to reassess her life and learn how to love. A beautifully written affirmation of the human capacity to grow, to change and to forgive." ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 23, 2016 |
4.5 stars

A spellbinding story of a marriage, an affair and the ensuing consequences - beautifully written and a real treat! ( )
  SabinaE | Jan 23, 2016 |
Very interesting, smooth, thought provoking. Not exciting in any way, but I liked it! ( )
  TerriS | Jan 17, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
W. Somerset Maughamprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Frampton, MeredithCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kushnir, OksanaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reading, KateNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Törngren, Thorsten W.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, MeganCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307277771, Paperback)

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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This is the story of Kitty Fane, the adulterous wife of a bacteriologist stationed in Hong Kong. When her husband discovers her deception, he exacts a terrible vengeance: Kitty must accompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic in China.

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