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The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
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Jan 07, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: novels, somerset-maugham, british-literature, favorite-novels

beautiful love story.i loved both the novel and the movie....
the great difference between Kitty's shallow soul ,spoiled and selfish and Walter who believe in sacrificial service and volunteers to go work in remote rural village under siege from cholera.
while Walter is madly in love with her...

Kitty married to Walter whom she does not love and she has nothing in common with him...the novel is an emotionally charged journey...the
devastating emotional consequences of infidelity and betrayal...
the realities of marrying for the wrong reasons.

the irresponsibly of accepting marriage proposal, not for love....
The resentment between kitty and Walter grows like the diseases that surround them....
Walter learns of their affair and is determined to punish her...
He gives her two choices: either join him on his journey to a remote, cholera infested village where he has volunteered his expertise, or endure the disgrace and embarrassment of a public divorce....


Kitty grows bored at home and visits a local orphanage hoping for an occupation to cure her boredom. This is when her
character starts to wizen and deepen. As she matures the shallowness subside ..

and her compassion for others grow. At the orphanage, Kitty sees a side of her husband she has never
known – a compassionate man risking his own health to care for the sick and dying....

the last scene with Walter suffering cholera was very touching .....
and u dont know for sure he forgive her or not...


did kitty loved Walter at the end or was it pity..?

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W. Somerset Maugham
“I have an idea that the only thing which makes it possible to regard this world we live in without disgust is the beauty which now and then men create out of the chaos. The pictures they paint, the music they compose, the books they write, and the lives they lead. Of all these the richest in beauty is the beautiful life. That is the perfect work of art.”
W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil


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Hend :)


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Lynne King What a beautiful review Hend. I've never heard of this book and so I have to add it.

And a happy New Year to you!


Hend Lynne wrote: "What a beautiful review Hend. I've never heard of this book and so I have to add it.

And a happy New Year to you!"


Thank u so much Lynne for your sweet compliment,:) :)
u are very kind :)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to u my dear friend.
I hope you have a great vacation....


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Lynne King Thank you Hend!


Hend u are welcome :)


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