Kitty Fane is the beautiful but shallow wife of Walter, a bacteriologist stationed in Hong Kong. Unsatisfied by her marriage, she starts an affair with charming, attractive and exciting Charles Townsend. But when Walter discovers her deception, he exacts a strange and terrible vengeance: Kitty must accompany him to his new posting in remote mainland China, where a cholera epidemic rages...
First published to a storm of protest, The Painted Veil is a classic story of a woman's spiritual awakening.
"Reveals many of Maugham's strengths: an understanding of women, meticulous craftsmanship and raw emotion'"
"A work of art"
"An expert craftsman... His style is sharp, quick, subdued, casual"