The Painted Veil

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Thinking Ink Limited, 2011 - Adultery - 186 pages
WITH THIS BOOK Maugham paints an exquisite portrait of colonial existence in Hong-Kong and in particular the life of Kitty-a shallow, frivolous, spoilt young woman-as she grows in mind, spirit and character through her turbulent involvement with Charles Townsend-a colonial high-flier-her husband, Walter Fane-a brooding, self-possessed scientific officer-and Waddington, the drunken Customs official at the Cholera ridden outpost of Mei-tan-fu.Kitty's journey from a beautiful, vacuous, flighty girl into a loving, complex, and thoughtful woman is an incredible piece of writing, perfectly pitched, gripping, and exquisitely rendered.

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Writer William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris on January 25, 1874. He attended St. Thomas's Medical School in London. A prolific writer, Maugham produced novels, short stories, plays, and an autobiographical novel, "Of Human Bondage." Although he remains popular for his novels and short stories, when he was alive his plays, now dated, were also popular, and in 1908 four of his plays ran simultaneously. Maugham died in Nice, France, on December 16, 1965.

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