By W. Somerset Maugham
Set in England and Hong Kong within the Nineteen Twenties, The Painted Veil is the tale of the gorgeous yet love-starved Kitty Fane. whilst her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to the guts of a cholera epidemic. Stripped of the British society of her adolescence and the small yet potent society she fought so not easy to realize in Hong Kong, she is pressured via her awakening judgment of right and wrong to re-examine her lifestyles and methods to love.
The Painted Veil is a fantastically written confirmation of the human potential to develop, to alter, and to forgive.
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