The Painted Veil

By W. Somerset Maugham

Set in England and Hong Kong within the Twenties, The Painted Veil is the tale of the attractive yet love-starved Kitty Fane. whilst her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to the guts of a cholera epidemic. Stripped of the British society of her adolescence and the small yet potent society she fought so challenging to realize in Hong Kong, she is forced via her awakening sense of right and wrong to re-examine her lifestyles and methods to love.

The Painted Veil is a fantastically written confirmation of the human means to develop, to alter, and to forgive.

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