The 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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