The Painted Veil
by W. Somerset Maugham
Paperback- $12.00

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 ...

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  "The Painted Veil" by char83 (see profile) 12/19/13

The Painted Veil follows Kitty\'s decisions about her life and their consequences. While learning more about what she wants from life, she has to learn how to read the action of others too.

This book provided a good discussion for our club. We used questions from a reading blog found on Google.

 
  "The Painted Veil" by Huskers (see profile) 08/27/14

The book is set in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. The main character, Kitty, has been groomed and pushed all her life by her mother to marry a suitable man. The man she quickly marries at age 25 does not excite her in the least. Her husband is socially awkward and not able to communicate his love for her. Selfishly, she finds a lover and when her husband catches them he whisks her off to Hong Kong where he will work with cholera patients. Here, Kitty gradually learns to consider others and look at the good qualities in her husband. The author leaves the reader with the feeling that it is possible that Kitty has come full circle in her struggle to find happiness in loving and serving others.
The book, written in 1925, gives the read a feel for the language and culture of the United Kingdom during that period.

 
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