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The Painted Veil

Painted Veil, The (Paperback)

Painted Veil, The (Paperback)

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Published by Random House Group

240 pages

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0099286874

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9780099286875)

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First published to a storm of protest, The Painted Veil is a classic story of a woman's spiritual awakening.

 

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he Painted Veil is a compelling to read book authored by the well-renowned writer and playwright W. Somerset Maugham. The Painted Veil is one of the best literary works o.. More details he Painted Veil is a compelling to read book authored by the well-renowned writer and playwright W. Somerset Maugham. The Painted Veil is one of the best literary works of the outstanding writer. In this book, the central character is played by kitty. Kitty is locked to boredom in her house and is fed up of the daily routine and a dull family life. The story is set in the twentieth century in Great Britain. She is longing to break free from the boring routine. In a bid to move away from her family, she gets married to Walter Fane. Walter Fane is a bacteriologist by profession who is currently on leave. He is based in Shanghai in China. Walter madly loves Kitty but when she moves to Hong Kong with him, she feels subdued by the societal norms and culture and also is not very fond of the extreme humid climate of the country. There, she starts liking the colony secretary named Charles Townsend and they have an affair. Hide details
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Kitty, dead-stuck in the boring routine of family life in early 20th century Britain, yearns to break free. Just to get away from her family, Kitty ends up marrying Walte.. More details Kitty, dead-stuck in the boring routine of family life in early 20th century Britain, yearns to break free. Just to get away from her family, Kitty ends up marrying Walter Fane, who is of all people, a bacteriologist on leave from Shanghai, China. Fane is madly in love with Kitty, but as they move to Hongkong, she is stifled by the social norms and humid climate. She falls for the colony secretary Charles Townsend, they have an affair, but her infidelity is discovered by Fane.

An angry, grim Fane provides her with two options, either come with him as he fights an epidemic in rural China, or get a divorce and return to her parents. Kitty accompanies Fane on to the heart of an epidemic.

A deep dive into the heart of a woman's mind, nobody tells it like Maugham anymore.
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Shallow and lost, Kitty marries the intellectual and passionate Walter Fane, a bacteriologist on leave from the Far East, who is madly in love with her. She does this pur.. More details Shallow and lost, Kitty marries the intellectual and passionate Walter Fane, a bacteriologist on leave from the Far East, who is madly in love with her. She does this purely so that she can be married before her younger sister, Doris, and to get away from her mother. They move to Hong Kong where, bored by the stifling climate and social mores, Kitty quickly starts an affair with the "perfect" Charles Townsend, the handsome assistant colonial secretary.
When Walter finds out about their affair, he gives Kitty an ultimatum. She must either accompany him to the Chinese interior to deal with a cholera epidemic, risking death, or he will divorce her, causing a scandal, unless Townsend will agree to marry her.
Kitty visits Townsend who betrays her. All previous declarations of love stand false and he refuses to leave his wife to marry Kitty. The true character of Townsend is seen and Kitty is left with no choice but to travel with Walter.
Once in China, Kitty realizes the importance of Walter’s work and sees the man for who he truly is. She begins respecting and loving him. She begins to help the nuns by working in the nursery with the orphaned children. She is humbled by the unshakeable faith of the Mother Superior and the nuns working there.
In due course of time, Kitty discovers that she is pregnant but she can’t get herself to confess to Walter that the child belongs to Townsend. Walter dies in the epidemic and Kitty returns to Hong Kong where she is hailed as a heroine who voluntarily and faithfully followed her husband into great danger. After a rather unhappy episode in Hong Kong (indulging Townsend), Kitty decides to raise her child in the UK while serving her father, and to keep her child away from the mistakes she has made.
It shows Kitty’s transition. Her awakening and turning point in life make her a mature woman. A very life like real character, you begin to bond with her in many ways.
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William Somerset Maugham (25 January 1874 – 16 December 1965) was a major English playwright, ...