Book Reviews of The Painted Veil

The Painted Veil
The Painted Veil
Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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ISBN-13: 9780307277770
ISBN-10: 0307277771
Publication Date: 11/14/2006
Pages: 256
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 80 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 6
Beautifully written, compelling story. The movie's plot ended before the book's end and there is one other subplot in the movie. Neither detracts from the other. Frequently seeing a movie after reading the book can be disappointing. That isn't the case here. Both are beautiful.
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Helpful Score: 4
A breathtaking story from beginning to end. The author, W. Somerset Maugham is a wonderful storyteller and does not disappoint the reader once during the novel. This is not a love story but a tale of one woman's journey on the road to redemption. The protagonist, Kitty Fane reminds me of a British version of Scarlett O'Hara. Kitty's journey is not a light hearted one. The reader's heart is constantly in a state of flux as the indecisive Kitty always leans towards the wrong choice. This is a timeless work that I believe will be in my top ten of beloved novels for the rest of my life. I highly suggest picking up a copy and enjoying the vivid world left behind by Maugham.
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Helpful Score: 1
I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed seeing Kitty's growth and developing understanding of herself.
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Maugham's writing is pure 19th century but this in no way detracts from his plots, which are very 20/21st century, as evidenced by the recent movie. There's some very good food for thought here with regard to personal relationships.
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Book was ok. The ending was a little disappointing, I was expecting something more than what ended up happening. I found the main character a little annoying at times. It seemed like she never really knew what she wanted. And her pregnancy was never really a big deal to her (it seemed). All the characters seemed cold and standoffish. Nobody was really that interesting or even humanlike at times.
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Yes, I liked it enough to use it for the book club in October at my house. Thank you.
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I enjoyed this book very much. Saw the movie many years ago, so it was fun to read the book. But then I am a Maugham fan. If writing can be likened with music, I'd say he lays words down in a paragraph in the same gentle manner Liberace played a soft melody.
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Kitty Fane married a man she did not love. He discovered her affair and forced her to accompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic. There, volunteering at a convent, her emerging conscience compels her to reassess her life choices.
Written in 1925, there's not a lot of action, but the author has a great understanding of the human psychic, at least in these characters.