The Painted Veil (download Read) ☆ W. Somerset Maugham


  • Paperback
  • 246
  • The Painted Veil
  • W. Somerset Maugham
  • English
  • 04 December 2019
  • 9780307277770

10 thoughts on “The Painted Veil

  1. says:

    Wonderful writing and a good read from Maugham I had not read him lately so I forgot how good a writer he is The basic story is of a beautiful young British woman who has “played the field” too long She’s now 25 and her plainer younger

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    It had been a long time since I read one of the classics When I saw 'The Painted Veil' on sale at Audiblecom I thought it would be a nice change of pace I wasn't wrong This book proved to be far better than I expected'The Painted Veil' is set in England and China taking place in the 1920's It is a story of love betrayal revenge and redemption I definitely wasn't prepared for some of the twists and turns that this story

  3. says:

    This was so goodThe Painted Veil first published in 1925 is now considered a classic That fact combined with the cover description and the reviews had me switching into classic reading mode I tend to approach cl

  4. says:

    ”They saw the white china knob of the handle slowly turn They had heard no one walk along the verandah It was terrifying to see that silent motion A minute passed and there was no sound Then with the ghastliness

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    Resentment's Presentiment The time will come When you'll be blue Your cheatin' heart will tell on youHank Williams 1952 You'll look for me but baby I'll be goneThis is all I gotta say to you woman Your time is gonna comeLed Zeppelin 1969The English word resent or resentment comes from the Old French resentir m

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    This short masterpiece tells of love betrayal and a search for real meaning in life Kitty is an attractive middle class Brit The only real future for her is to marry well But when she finds none of her suitors uite up to her hopes and with her younger sister becoming engaged she succumbs to the pressure and agrees to marry Walter a man who adores her but whom she finds boring He takes her with him to Hong Kong where he

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    The original review was deleted by GR This book is about the time when society women didn’t work especially not in the hot and fetid colonies and this was set in Hong Kong They sat at home and painted their nails and dreamed of love in the afternoon and sometimes they did it too Kitty did she had an affair and her husband found out He was a good man as she was to find out but once crossed his soul was dark with thoughts of the ultimate

  8. says:

    The Painted Veil is W Somerset Maugham on speed dial Published in 1925 it falls between two masterworks I've read from the prolific British novelist and playwright Of Human Bondage in 1915 and The Razor's Edge in 1944 and while provi

  9. says:

    The Painted Veil is a remarkable golden oldie Published in 1925 for the first time it had slightly different approach to stories in the sense that the author punched a good story into 246 pages and said with his economy of words than 1000 page novels FROM THE BLURB Less known than his masterpiece Of Human Bondage this 1925 Somerset

  10. says:

    Beautiful book beautifully written A gem I've been looking for books of Somerset Maugham but I can't find them in the stores in the UK Will order online then

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Lled by her awakening conscience to reassess her life and learn how to love The Painted Veil is a beautifully written affirmation of the human capacity to grow to change and to forgiv. The Painted Veil is a remarkable golden oldie Published in 1925 for the first time it had slightly different approach to stories in the sense that the author punched a good story into 246 pages and said with his economy of words than 1000 page novels FROM THE BLURB Less known than his masterpiece Of Human Bondage this 1925 Somerset Maugham novel rips at your emotions with its portrayal of an adulterous wife When the bacteriologist husband of Kitty Fane learns of her infidelity he forces her to accompany him into the festering center of a Chinese cholera epidemic The author explained in the foreword that the book was based on a story rather than characters While living in Italy and receiving Italian lessons his tutor Ersilia introduced him to the fifth canto of the inferno La Pia Ante Purgatory Purgatorio 5 Siena made me Maremma unmade me 5134 This chillingly concise phrase tells us that the speaker here is Pia Tolomei born to a noble family of Siena this woman was allegedly killed in 1295 on the orders of her husband Paganello de Pannocchieschi Nello a Tuscan leader of the guelphs owned a castle in the Maremma the coastal region near Siena While some say the murder took place with such secrecy that its manner was never known others claim Nello ordered a servant to take Pia by the feet and drop her from the castle window A motive for the murder may have been Nello s desire to marry his neighbor a widowed countess Pia s concern for Dante s well being and her reuest to be remembered perhaps recall the courtesy displayed by another woman Francesca in the fifth canto of the Inferno W Somerset Maugham used this story to plot his own novel playing itself out in England and Hong Kong The main character is the love starved spoiled young woman Kitty Fane Forced into marriage by circumstances she lands up going to China with her new husband Dr Walter Fane a bacteriologist who was stationed in Hong Kong Kitty was vain loved to laugh and play and found her new husband boring and sometimes disgusting It wasn t long before she started an affair fell head over heels in love and believed that she has found the real meaning of love When Walter confronted her he gave her an ultimatum Either to go with him to Meitan fu a cholera region where an epidemic broke out the worst one in fifty years or he files for a divorce The condition was that Charles Townsend her lover should confirm in writing that he would divorce his wife and marry Kitty with Charles s wife confirming in writing that she will divorce Charles If Walter s conditions were not met Kitty would have to accompany him on his journey to avoid a scandalWalter I m afraid you ve thought me a bigger fool than I am She did not uite 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 had no illusions about you he said I knew you were silly and frivolous and empty headed But I loved you I knew that your aims and ideals were vulgar and common place But I loved you I knew that you were second rate But I loved you It s comic when I think how hard I tried to be amused by the things that amused you and how anxious I was to hide from you that I wasn t ignorant and vulgar and scandal mongering and stupid I knew how frightened you were of intelligence and I did everything I could to make you think me as big a fool as the rest of the men you knew I knew that you d only married me for convenience I loved you so much I didn t care Most people as far as I can see when they re in love with some one and the love isn t returned feel that they have a grievance They grow angry and bitter I wasn t like that I never expected you to love me I didn t see any reason that you should I never thought myself very lovable I was thankful to be allowed to love you and I was enraptured when now and then thought you were pleased with me or when I noticed in your eyes a gleam of good humoured affection I tried not to bore you with my love I know I couldn t afford to do that and I was always on the lookout for the first sign that you were impatient with my affection What most husbands expect as a right I was prepared to receive as a favor The implication was that Walter would not kill her as in the Purgatorio of Dante but take her to a region where she might die of a terrible disease By stating the conditions he knew Kitty was to learn a few lessons she would never forget That was as far as the plot was based on the fith canto of the Inferno The title was derived from an unfinished sonnet of Shelley Lift not the painted veil which those who live call LifeW Somerset Maugham s story had a twist to it which resulted in Kitty growing up discover the meaning of life and love and repent for everything she did that caused her and everyone around her harm Her greatest victory was to call Charles the most vain and fatuous ass that was her bad luck to ever come across But to reach that point she had to learn from four French nuns in a convent for orphans what love really meant And she got to know her gentle kind husband who were admired by everyone except her The denouement is not what you think This is a lovestory and not a lovestory It s about love and all its definitions And for me it was a tribute to the role of different kind of men playing a role in a woman s life The ending was sad darnit I was beyond grieving but accepted the realism of it And it was positive uite an unusual story A beautiful one really

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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 FaneWhen her husband discovers her adulterous affair he forces her to a. This was so goodThe Painted Veil first published in 1925 is now considered a classic That fact combined with the cover description and the reviews had me switching into classic reading mode I tend to approach classics with a different frame of mind and a greater tolerance for slow moving plots complex language and characters I cannot relate to that much As it happens I need not have bothered This book hooked me from the very first page where Kitty is caught in the bedroom with her lover and it kept me interested right the way through From the delving into Kitty s recent past and her mother s insistence that she marry as soon as possible to Kitty s relationship with an intelligent and shy man who genuinely loves her but she cannot love back to the middle of a cholera epidemic that challenges Kitty s views on life and love Her character development is astounding how she goes from being an annoyingly fickle and selfish young women to one who sees the world in a new light and gains a certain wisdom that is only achieved through facing and overcoming hardshipMuch about this story reminds me of Gone With the Wind though thankfully not the length It s the same idea of an immature and self centred young woman being unable to appreciate the love of the man by their side until it s too late They would prefer to fawn over a married man who will never treat them seriously and yet they are so shocked to discover that their beauty cannot get them everything they want Both Kitty and Scarlet are extremely spoiled and vain so used to getting what they want that they are unprepared when life suddenly treats them unkindly But they do both manage to change and grow stronger as wellIt s also a very sad novel I find it sad how Walter was willing to overlook the fact that Kitty didn t like him at all just so he could have the chance to love her He was so sweet and kind The ending well the bit just before is also sad but necessary in order for Kitty to become the person she doesI think Kitty s state of mind at the end is an important statement about women at this pivotal point in history Women have got the vote but still very few options in life Here Kitty learns an important lesson that it is far beneficial for everyone if girls are raised to be open minded and independent human beings instead of just men s wives Overall this is a very interesting exploration of people and the relationships between men and women it definitely won t be the last I read by W Somerset MaughamBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Make your own model forts & castles reviews had me switching into classic Tremors of Fury (The Days of Ash and Fury reading mode I tend to approach classics with a different frame of mind and a greater tolerance for slow moving plots complex language and characters I cannot How Julian and Nigel Turned Each Other Gay (Inadvertently), or So They Both Claim relate to that much As it happens I need not have bothered This book hooked me from the very first page where Kitty is caught in the bedroom with her lover and it kept me interested Illustrated Workbook for Self-Therapy for Your Inner Critic recent past and her mother s insistence that she marry as soon as possible to Kitty s Earthfall (Homecoming, relationship with an intelligent and shy man who genuinely loves her but she cannot love back to the middle of a cholera epidemic that challenges Kitty s views on life and love Her character development is astounding how she goes from being an annoyingly fickle and selfish young women to one who sees the world in a new light and gains a certain wisdom that is only achieved through facing and overcoming hardshipMuch about this story A Daddy for Christmas reminds me of Gone With the Wind though thankfully not the length It s the same idea of an immature and self centred young woman being unable to appreciate the love of the man by their side until it s too late They would prefer to fawn over a married man who will never treat them seriously and yet they are so shocked to discover that their beauty cannot get them everything they want Both Kitty and Scarlet are extremely spoiled and vain so used to getting what they want that they are unprepared when life suddenly treats them unkindly But they do both manage to change and grow stronger as wellIt s also a very sad novel I find it sad how Walter was willing to overlook the fact that Kitty didn t like him at all just so he could have the chance to love her He was so sweet and kind The ending well the bit just before is also sad but necessary in order for Kitty to become the person she doesI think Kitty s state of mind at the end is an important statement about women at this pivotal point in history Women have got the vote but still very few options in life Here Kitty learns an important lesson that it is far beneficial for everyone if girls are Banned in Britain raised to be open minded and independent human beings instead of just men s wives Overall this is a very 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Ccompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic Stripped of the British society of her youth and the small but effective society she fought so hard to attain in Hong Kong she is compe. They saw the white china knob of the handle slowly turn They had heard no one walk along the verandah It was terrifying to see that silent motion A minute passed and there was no sound Then with the ghastliness of the supernatural in the same stealthy noiseless and horrifying manner they saw the white china knob of the handle at the window turn also Kitty her nerves failing her opened her mouth to scream but seeing what she was going to do he swiftly put his hand over it and her cry was smothered in his fingers When Kitty accepts the marriage proposal of Dr Walter Fane it sets off a chain of events that land them both in the middle of a cholera epidemic in Mei Tan Fu China Kitty is uickly leaving behind her debuttante years and is fast approaching an old maid status It isn t for lack of marriage proposals She has plenty She just enjoys being the center of attention for all men rather than being confined to the servitude of one When her younger sister the much less attractive sister lands a baronet the pressure on her to be married becomes very real Dr Walter Fane is not a fool but he is a complete fool when it comes to his love of this beautiful bobble of girl who has never had to have a serious thought in her life Even intelligent people can be blind in the ways of love He knows Kitty doesn t love him He knows why she is desperately marrying him and yet he must have believed that given time he can convince her that he is worth loving Kitty can not respect his love for her Infatuation has always come easily for her She has smoldering eyes and a lithe figure that drives men to distraction What was it in the human heart that made you despise a man because he loved you That has been a uestion that has been asked for hundreds of years if not thousands What I have ascertained from the minefield of women that I ve known is that a woman must not like herself very much to despise a man who loves her It is sad that she considers him to be a fool to marry such a woman as she Kitty accepts his proposal impulsively She despises his fawning attentions She has therefore never invested any emotion or even thought into the relationship He takes her to Hong Kong where he works as a bacteriologist There she meets Charlie Townsend who intuitively senses the vulnerability in their relationship He is charming fit and knows the right string of words to whisper in a silly unhappy girl s ear Kitty is a fool and she can t for the life of her understand why Walter can t see it The resulting scandal which starts with the turning of the white china knob on the door turns out to be an embarrassing affair for all parties involved as these things tend to do Walter gives Kitty a choice but as it turns out she has only one choice which is to follow him to Mei Tan Fu It means death Absolutely certain death Whenever I pick up a W Somerset Maugham book I know I am in for a whirlwind ride fraught with betrayal emotional upheaval human frailty selfishness and aspects of malice He explores the dark corners of our lives that are whispered about in alcoves at parties and in shadowed doorways off of street corners Those things about us that we hope no one knows but we have a fearful inclination spurred by our own guilt that everyone knows The best solution to any scandal in my opinion is to brazen it out and wait for another scandal to come along to move your problems from the front page to the back page of the gossip mill One must screw up occasionally so that everyone else feels better about themselves It would be rather rude to be perfectly good all the time A masterpiece exploring the frivolous ways in which lives can be ruined If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


About the Author: W. Somerset Maugham

William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874 He spoke French even before he spoke a word of English a fact to which some critics attribute the purity of his style His parents died early and after an unhappy boyhood which he recorded poignantly in Of Human Bondage Maugham became a ualified physician But writing was his true vocation For ten years before his first success he almost l