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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 05/04/2001
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099286875
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Review by soylentgreen23
I can always read Maugham - he's become my favourite author, more or less, and I'm always quick to recommend him to other bibliophiles. I enjoy those novels of his which include a narrator - The Razor's Edge is the perfect example - but where one is absent I still find a huge amount to grip onto.Most of the books I've read by Maugham have male protagonists, so it's somewhat unusual to read a book led by a woman. It makes for an interesting change, and although I'm waiting for the opinion of my friend Ola, a Polish girl who'll read the book soon and tell me if I'm right, I think he's done a very admirable job of portraying a member of the opposite sex.The story concerns a young woman who has moved to colonial Hong Kong with her new husband, and who has been cheating on him there. I won't divulge more details than that - the whole plot concerns the fall-out of their relationship, but it is classic Maugham through and through. Definitely worth reading.