The Painted Veil - PDF novel by W. Somerset Maugham (1925)

The Painted Veil 

The Painted Veil


The Painted Veil is a 1925 novel by British author W. Somerset Maugham. The title is a reference to Percy Bysshe Shelley's 1824 sonnet, which begins "Lift not the painted veil which those who live / Call Life".
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Plot Summary:
Maugham uses a third-person limited point of view in this story, where Kitty Garstin is the focal character. Garstin, a pretty upper-middle class debutante, squanders her early youth amusing herself by living a social high life, during which her domineering mother attempts to arrange a "brilliant match" for her. By age 25, Kitty has flirted with and declined marriage proposals from dozens of prospective husbands.

Review byWill Byrnes
This short masterpiece tells of love, betrayal, and a search for real meaning in life. Kitty is an attractive middle-class Brit. The only real future for her is to marry well. But when she finds none of her suitors quite up to her hopes, and with her younger sister becoming engaged, she succumbs to the pressure and agrees to marry Walter, a man who adores her, but whom she finds boring. He takes her with him to Hong Kong where he works as a bacteriologist.

the book details :
  • Author: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Publication date: 1925

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