The Painted Veil
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The Painted Veil

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Kitty Fane is the beautiful but shallow wife of Walter, a bacteriologist stationed in Hong Kong. Unsatisfied by her marriage, she starts an affair with charming, attractive and exciting Charles Townsend. But when Walter discovers her deception, he exacts a strange and terrible vengeance: Kitty must accompany him to his new posting in remote mainland China, where a cholera epidemic rages...First published to a storm of protest, "The Painted Veil" is a classic story of a woman's spiritual awakening.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 20mm | 200g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099286874
  • 9780099286875
  • 13,417

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"Reveals many of Maugham's strengths: an understanding of women, meticulous craftsmanship and raw emotion'" Daily Mail "A work of art" Spectator "An expert craftsman... His style is sharp, quick, subdued, casual" New York Timesshow more

About W. Somerset Maugham

William Somerset Maugham was born in 1874 and lived in Paris until he was ten. He was educated at King's School, Canterbury, and at Heidelberg University. He spent some time at St. Thomas' Hospital with the idea of practising medicine, but the success of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth, published in 1897, won him over to literature. Of Human Bondage, the first of his masterpieces, came out in 1915, and with the publication in 1919 of The Moon and Sixpence his reputation as a novelist was established. At the same time his fame as a successful playwright and writer was being consolidated with acclaimed productions of various plays and the publication of several short story collections. His other works include travel books, essays, criticism and the autobiographical The Summing Up and A Writer's Notebook. In 1927 Somerset Maugham settled in the South of France and lived there until his death in 1965show more

Back cover copy

'Reveals many of Maugham's strengths: an understanding of women, meticulous craftsmanship and raw emotion' Daily Mail Kitty Fane is the beautiful but shallow wife of Walter, a bacteriologist stationed in Hong Kong. Unsatisfied by her marriage, she starts an affair with charming, attractive and exciting Charles Townsend. But when Walter discovers her deception, he exacts a strange and terrible vengeance: Kitty must accompany him to his new posting in remote mainland China, where a cholera epidemic rages... First published to a storm of protest, The Painted Veil is a classic story of a woman's spiritual awakening. See also: Cakes and Aleshow more

Review Text

"Reveals many of Maugham's strengths: an understanding of women, meticulous craftsmanship and raw emotion'"show more

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26,568 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 27% (7,273)
4 42% (11,258)
3 24% (6,402)
2 5% (1,378)
1 1% (257)
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