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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 ...Show synopsisSet 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, where she is compelled by her awakening conscience to reassess her life and to learn how to love.Hide synopsis
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Now, I'm an English teacher, so it is rare that I find a movie that accurately captures the spirit of a work of literature. However, a movie that accurately captured the spirit of The Painted Veil would be a gloomy downer indeed. This is a piece of modernist fiction: it is full of a desire to return ...
I read the Painted Veil after seeing the movie, which intrigued me. I thought though that perhaps the book had more to offer. I was not disappointed. First, Maugham's language and descriptions are beautiful and always attuned to the psychological state of the main characters, so that it is not as if ...
I read to be entertained or to learn something. Needless to say I usually stay away from the classics. I tend to get bogged down in the writing or the wealth of symbolism these stories generally have (literature was not my best subject). I also like books that have a straight forward writing style. ...
Maugham touched upon the soul of mankind in The Painted Veil. With simple, yet descriptive language, Maugham shows how men and women find themselves making choices motivated by the actions of others and hidden jealousy, unable to communicate true feelings.
Kitty Fane finds herself caught up in the ...
W Somerset Maugham has been defined for me by "The Razor's Edge", which I read in high school, and remember as being fairly intellectual, fairly difficult and fairly interesting. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), that's all I remember which means I will have to go back and reread it. Because ...
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