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The Painted Veil
by W. Somerset Maugham

"An expert craftsman. . . . His style is sharp, quick, subdued, casual." --The New York Times

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  • About the Book

    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 her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany 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 compelled 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 forgive.

    Acclaim for W. Somerset Maugham:

    "The Painted Veil with its sadness, its moral tension, its irony and compassion, its building evocations of lust and terror and remorse, is a work of art." --Spectator

    "[Maugham's] excessively rare gift of story-telling . . . is almost the equal of imagination itself." --The Sunday Times (London)

    "It is very difficult for a writer of my generation, if he is honest, to pretend indifference to the work of Somerset Maugham. . . . He was always so entirely there." --The Wall Street Journal

    About the Author

    W. Somerset Maugham was one of the twentieth century's most popular novelists as well as a celebrated playwright, critic, and short story writer. He was born in Paris but grew up in England and served as a secret agent for the British during World War I. He wrote many novels, including the classics Of Human Bondage, The Razor's Edge, Cakes and Ale, Christmas Holiday, The Moon and Sixpence, Theatre, and Up at the Villa.

    About the Film

    Now a major motion picture from Warner Independent Pictures, starring Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, and Liev Schreiber, and directed by John Curran (We Don't Live Here Anymore). Opens December 15, 2006 in select cities.



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