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The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
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May 09, 2008

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bookshelves: 2008, lib-lew, adult-fiction, interlibraryloan
Recommended to jacky by: movie preview
Read in November, 2008

I love Ed Norton, so when I saw the movie preview, I checked to see if the movie was based on a book. It was, so I marked it to read someday. Mike wanted to see the movie as well and kept moving it up on our Netflix que. So I started looking for a copy of the book. The Lewiston Library didn't have it, so I eventually interlibrary loaned it. I wound up with an ancient copy. It is practically a first edition copyrighted 1926. It was not an attractive book at all, with the cover actually starting to wear away and the binding giving out.

Anyway, on the the actual book was not as good as I hoped, at all. I found the protagonist's change over the course of the first two thirds of the novel predictable, but satisfying. Yet, the denouement was unexpected and, for me, undid all the growth the achieved prior to the climax. The writing style wasn't captivating either. There were a few places I stopped and though, oh, that's a beautiful metaphor, but overall, the language was simple and fast. I did learn some about China though, which is a subject I know very little about, so that was interesting and I know have a stronger urge to read The Good Earth.

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Reading Progress

11/18/2008 page 50
20.33% "much faster read then I expected when I learned how old it is"
11/19/2008 page 101
41.06% "This is very straightforward. I'm hoping after they move it will get a little deeper."
11/24/2008 page 151
61.38% "I wanted to read more last night, but my eyes got all crossed as I got tired."
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