Monday, September 17, 2012

The Painted Veil, by Somerset Maugham

The Painted VeilThe Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the best book I've read in a while. The story is a heartening tale of growth and perseverance, and the author makes no exception for the human condition along the way. The stark realism not only of the descriptions of the time, settings and characters, but also of the reactions those character would have to each other can be startling at times, and is always refreshing.

Maugham has a brilliance with words and ideas, and I was heartened that even when he seemed to lose his way 3/4 through the book, he found it again with adept precision. Read Maugham. Read the Painted Veil.

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1 comment:

  1. Glad you liked the book. I haven't read it but I saw the movie version. I had some qualms with the film itself, but I definitely saw the value in the story. :D Thanks for the review. Happy Tuesday!