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Top 40 Book Club : December 2008
The Painted Veil W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM First published in 1925, this novel paints a vivid picture of the social structure of the time ‘ ’ This classic novel tells the story of Kitty Fane, the beautiful but shallow wife of Dr Walter Fane. Walter is a bacteriologist stationed in Hong Kong and Kitty married him to escape her unsatisfying London life. Discontent with her marriage, she begins an affair with Charles Townsend, a man she finds charming and attentive. When Walter discovers the affair, he decides to relocate to a new posting in remote China where a cholera epidemic rages and Kitty is given no choice but to accompany him. 20