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Vintage Classics, 1925, 214 pages
First published in 1925, The Painted Veil is an affirmation of the huguy capacity to grow, change, and forgive. Set in England also and Hong Kong in the 1920s, it is the story of the beautiful yet shallow young Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he pressures her to accompany him to a remote area of China ravaged by a cholera epidemic.Stripped of the British society of her youth and also overwhelmed by the desolation roughly her, she is compelled by her awakening conscience to reassess her life. She takes up work-related through kids at a convent, yet when her husband dies, she is compelled to return to England also to her father, her one continuing to be relative, to raise her unborn child. Though also late for her marriage, she has learned humility, independence, and also just how to love.I"ve heard W. Somercollection Maugham raved about by literati, however never check out any type of of his functions prior to. This short novel &mdash: which is very much a work-related of its time, and not the worse for it &mdash: happens to hit one of my favorite themes, being a redemption story for a character who starts out thoroughly unlikable and also with few redeeming attributes.Kitty Fane is a shallow, materialistic daughter of a shallow, materialistic mom who henpecked Kitty"s father, constantly seeking to boost their lot in life, and when that failed, puburned Kitty and her more fortunate younger sister into marrying well. Unfortunately, Kitty was young and also vain and also stubborn and also turned dvery own the many type of proposals she received, no one meeting her criteria, till unexpectedly she was past her shelf life at the ripe old age of 25. Well, be fair, this was the early on 20th century marital relationship sector in British society.So Kitty winds up marrying a bacteriologist, a decent, boring, unimpressive guy who adores her, and also whom she finds bacount tolerable. When the 2 of them go off to Hong Kong, she escapes the tedium of her marriage by falling victim (a very willing victim, as she admits herself) to the seductions of the regional lothario. When her husband also finds out, he pressures her to come with him to a city in rural China that"s being ruined by cholera.The story is an easy tragic tale of adultery and redemption. But Maugham truly excels in detailing the inner workings of his personalities, and also mirrors us Kitty"s thoughts, as she progressively transcreates from a horrible, self-centered nightmare to someone who ultimately becomes qualified of seeing via the eyes of others, and also then seeing herself through others" eyes, and also then realizing that she is not in reality the center of the universe. And he does it very convincingly — by the end, you are actually able to prefer Kitty.In spite of the whole story being told via Kitty"s POV, the other personalities — her husband, her lover, the Mvarious other Superior at the Chinese orphanage, and also inevitably, Kitty"s father — are all defined with in such realistic and believable detail that you are thoabout able to understand them too, both prior to and also after Kitty is able to perform the same.This was a really nice piece of creating, complete of exciting character research studies and a story and establishing just well-off enough to be vivid, just thin enough not to contain anything unnecessary. I will certainly definitely have to review even more Maugham.

The Painted Veil (2006)

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I was surprised to learn from Wikipedia that tright here had actually been two movie versions of The Painted Veil prior to this one, including a 1934 film starring Greta Garbo. I will need to track that down sooner or later.The 2006 movie starring Naomi Watts and also Edward Norton is very pretty. It did seem even more like a remake of previous movies rather than a strict adaptation of Maugham"s novel. Of course it is turned into a love story, in which Kitty and also her husband also are eventually able to accomplish a rapprochement they didn"t in the book, with a bittersweet finishing for Kitty that is cheerier than the far even more bittersweet ending Maugham wrote. Tbelow is a lot even more drama in the movie over British colonialism, through Chinese characters made more prominent and the Fanes put in hazard from warlords and also nationalists, because the movie is set in 1925 Shanghai quite than the slightly previously Hong Kong of the original story. It"s a nice duration piece, however it hardly captures the heart of Maugham"s writing.My finish list of book reviews.