Saturday, 8 May 2010

Book Review: The Painted Veil by William Somerset Maugham

Grade: 4.5 stars

Novellus superbus!
Amazon appetizer: 'She did not know what to say. She was undecided whether indignantly to assert her innocence or to break out into angry reproaches. He seemed to read her thoughts. "I've got all the proof necessary" '.

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 Charles Townsend, a man whom she finds charming, attractive and exciting. But when Walter discovers her deception, he exacts a strange but 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.
My thoughts: I first the movie, the Edward Norton and Naomi Watts and loved it despite the gloomy setting and story, that is mainly why I picked up and read the book.

Plot: 8/10
Characters: 8/10
Ending: 8/10
Writing: 9/10
Cover: 9/10

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