HemGrupperDiskuteraMerTidsandan
Sök igenom hela webbplatsen
Denna webbplats använder kakor för att fungera optimalt, analysera användarbeteende och för att visa reklam (om du inte är inloggad). Genom att använda LibraryThing intygar du att du har läst och förstått våra Regler och integritetspolicy. All användning av denna webbplats lyder under dessa regler.
Hide this

Resultat från Google Book Search

Klicka på en bild för att gå till Google Book Search.

The painted veil av W. Somerset Maugham
Laddar...

The painted veil (urspr publ 1933; utgåvan 2004)

av W. Somerset Maugham

MedlemmarRecensionerPopularitetGenomsnittligt betygOmnämnanden
3,0951273,325 (3.94)296
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 Charles Townsend, a man whom she finds charming, attractive and exciting. But when Walter discovers her deception, he exacts a strange but terrible vengeance: Kitty must accompany him to his new posting in remote mainland China, where a cholera epidemic rages.… (mer)
Medlem:Bonsava
Titel:The painted veil
Författare:W. Somerset Maugham
Info:New York : Vintage International, 2004.
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:
Taggar:Ingen/inga

Verkdetaljer

Den brokiga vävnaden av W. Somerset Maugham (1933)

Laddar...

Gå med i LibraryThing för att få reda på om du skulle tycka om den här boken.

Det finns inga diskussioner på LibraryThing om den här boken.

» Se även 296 omnämnanden

engelska (123)  spanska (2)  katalanska (1)  franska (1)  Alla språk (127)
Visa 1-5 av 127 (nästa | visa alla)
Maugham’s brilliant story of infidelity, revenge and redemption was written almost 100 years ago, but still reads like a contemporary novel. Self-absorbed upper-middle class Kitty agrees to marry the serious bacteriologist Walter Fane and travel to Hong Kong with him primarily to avoid being the spinster elder sister at her dumpy sister’s wedding to a lessor member of the British aristocracy.

Once in Hong Kong she succumbs to the charms of Charlie Townsend, the Assistant Colonial Secretary. When Walter discovers what has been going on he gives Kitty the choice of traveling with him a village in the interior of mainland China that is in the midst of an outbreak of cholera, or submit to a public and socially humiliating divorce. When Kitty tells Townsend about this, he refuses to leave his wife and she realizes that she has been played for a fool and that she has no option but to accompany Walter to the cholera-infested village.

Once there, she is befriended by Waddington, the British customs officer, who opens her eyes to the unbecoming character of Charles, and introduces her to the French nuns who are nursing the sick and orphaned children of the cholera epidemic. Kitty decides to help the nuns, art first just for something to do, and then in a true sense of service. When she discovers that she is pregnant she suspects that Charles Townsend is the father and tells Walter she doesn’t know who the father is because bring herself to deceive him again. Shortly thereafter Walter falls ill in the epidemic and dies with Kitty at his deathbed.
Kitty returns to Hong Kong where she is now mistakenly regarded as a heroine who faithfully followed her husband into great danger. She is seduced once again despite admitting he is vain and shallow, is disgusted and returns to Britain.
En route Kitty hears her mother has died. Her father then tells her he has been appointed Chief Justice of the Bahamas and she persuades him to allow her to accompany him there. She decides to dedicate her life to her father and ensuring that her child is brought up avoiding the mistakes she had made.

While the ending is rather melodramatic, the rest of the book holds up to today’s reading standards and to me, was a real page turner. ( )
  etxgardener | Sep 17, 2021 |
Che dire, mi auguro vivamente che Maugham abbia scritto di meglio, perché questo romanzo è di una mediocrità sconcertante. ( )
  Ecate | Aug 18, 2021 |
This is a short book picked for my reading group. To my surprise I enjoyed it quite a lot. I would never have picked it up on my own. But this story of a relationship gone badly wrong set in 1930s China was well written with characters that worked. We did a compare and contrast with the 2006 film as part of the group and that was fascinating too as they are very different beats. ( )
  infjsarah | May 31, 2021 |
3.75 stars. this was kind of lovely. (except for the casual racism that was a little shocking in its depth.) there are some turns of phrase that were awkward and i had to read over a few times, but i think it was just the phrasing of the time. because generally this is beautiful.

plot-wise, it didn't go at all the way i expected it to. from the author's preface, it seemed clear that kitty would cheat on walter, walter would find out, walter would take kitty to the cholera zone in the hopes that the cholera would kill her, when it didn't, he would throw her into the infested river or something and she'd die that way. it was really surprising to me that she didn't die and that he did. certainly this gave her more of a chance to grow and understand herself and others. it allowed her to see walter for who he was and to finally understand where he was coming from. i especially liked that in this growth, that it didn't make her love him as is what you'd expect in a book. she understood him, she felt closer to him, but she never loved him because they were unsuited for each other. i appreciated that. i was surprised that she slept with charlie again at the end, and i also appreciated her reaction to having done that. her disgust at herself, her knowledge that she needed to get away, show growth in spite of what she did. as is her attempt to allow her father his freedom, even at her own expense. i hope they can grow to know and like each other in the future.

this is about the intersection of love and loneliness. kitty (and walter, too) is so lonely in their marriage. would she misinterpret her feelings for charlie otherwise? he's pretty charming so probably not. but it's not just the three of them. it's dorothy and her love for charlie, no matter his dalliances and how he doesn't visit her bed (if that's true). it's the nuns and their love for the church and jesus and how they are willing to never see their homes and families again in order to serve their order and the chinese people. it's waddington's manchu woman who throws her life away to be with him. it's even kitty's father, who subverts his own desires to please his wife and daughters, who don't know him at all. how lonely we can feel when in the wrong relationship. how lonely we can feel when doing the right thing.

this was my first maugham, and if all the others are as poignant as this, i will like him very much. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Feb 16, 2021 |
Opens shockingly with a discovery of a nasty secret, a sin is willingly and recklessly consummated for adultery's sweet and irresistible forbidden fruit. Also a portrait of a dysfunctional marriage, between Kitty and Walter Fane, which rationalises its foundation, a deluded notion, that social status and money are most important. These melt morality into a swamp of revenge and hate; marrying other than love is often disastrous and dangerous. Unfortunately and frustratingly, society views the unfaithful woman worse than the unfaithful man.

The Painted Veil is an undeniable page-turner, its characters unlikable as the scorching heat of the sun at noon, but its simple prose, too simple, distracts with Maugham's awkward structures from time to time (on p224: ** "And then he found her lips and the pressure of his upon them shot through her body like the flame of God. It was an ecstasy and he was burnt to a cinder and she glowed as though she were transfigured." They're clearly doing the hanky-panky here and it's pretty blasphemous I can't help but laugh then on p244: ** "He kissed her, on the lips, as a lover might, and his cheeks were wet with her tears." It's a scene between Kitty and her father. That description wasn't necessary, was it. But Kitty's hunger for genuine love and attention, some psychoanalysis perhaps, can be seen from this.)

Despite these strange wordings, the novel's strength lies in its vivid portrayal of a town struck by cholera whilst Kitty familiarises, punishes, and frightens herself with its culture. As a foreigner in a place colonised by her own native country, her initial prejudice on the Chinese (yellow skin, slanted eyes are described horrifically) wanes as each day she learns to live a life alien to her. Through the missionary nuns and the children in the orphanage residing in the same town, she learns the most important type of love: charity. Even the nuns themselves are not perfect and are also plagued by similar prejudices. They whisper and look down on an interracial relationship in the book. As there are hints of racism, there is no religious discrimination.

By the end, this closes in a very hopeful manner. A hope for change and most importantly, the epiphany, which I think is very ahead for its time, that women don't have to rely on any man to live, be happy, and have what she needs. Some of the twists and turns of the novel are, amidst being predictable, engaging you feel very much involved with the characters' lives. As subtle as empowerment is in The Painted Veil, there is no denying it is an important character study of the unfaithful woman shamed and stripped. ( )
  lethalmauve | Jan 25, 2021 |
Visa 1-5 av 127 (nästa | visa alla)
inga recensioner | lägg till en recension

» Lägg till fler författare (24 möjliga)

Författarens namnRollTyp av författareVerk?Status
W. Somerset Maughamprimär författarealla utgåvorberäknat
Frampton, MeredithOmslagmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Kushnir, OksanaFormgivaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Peccinotti, HarriCover photographermedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Reading, KateBerättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Törngren, Thorsten W.Översättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Wilson, MeganOmslagsformgivaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Du måste logga in för att ändra Allmänna fakta.
Mer hjälp finns på hjälpsidan för Allmänna fakta.
Vedertagen titel
Originaltitel
Alternativa titlar
Information från den engelska sidan med allmänna fakta. Redigera om du vill anpassa till ditt språk.
Första utgivningsdatum
Personer/gestalter
Information från den engelska sidan med allmänna fakta. Redigera om du vill anpassa till ditt språk.
Viktiga platser
Information från den engelska sidan med allmänna fakta. Redigera om du vill anpassa till ditt språk.
Viktiga händelser
Relaterade filmer
Information från den engelska sidan med allmänna fakta. Redigera om du vill anpassa till ditt språk.
Priser och utmärkelser
Information från den engelska sidan med allmänna fakta. Redigera om du vill anpassa till ditt språk.
Motto
Information från den engelska sidan med allmänna fakta. Redigera om du vill anpassa till ditt språk.
"...the painted veil which those who live call Life."
Dedikation
Inledande ord
Information från den engelska sidan med allmänna fakta. Redigera om du vill anpassa till ditt språk.
She gave a startled cry.
Citat
Avslutande ord
Information från den engelska sidan med allmänna fakta. Redigera om du vill anpassa till ditt språk.
(Klicka för att visa. Varning: Kan innehålla spoilers.)
Särskiljningsnotis
Information från den engelska sidan med allmänna fakta. Redigera om du vill anpassa till ditt språk.
The Painted Veil was mistakenly combined with The Narrow Corner and thus the non-English titles may be incorrectly combined. If you identify an incorrectly combined book please "separate" it and combine it with the correct work. Thank you.
Förlagets redaktörer
På omslaget citeras
Ursprungsspråk
Information från den engelska sidan med allmänna fakta. Redigera om du vill anpassa till ditt språk.
Kanonisk DDC/MDS
Kanonisk LCC

Hänvisningar till detta verk hos externa resurser.

Wikipedia på engelska

Ingen/inga

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 Charles Townsend, a man whom she finds charming, attractive and exciting. But when Walter discovers her deception, he exacts a strange but terrible vengeance: Kitty must accompany him to his new posting in remote mainland China, where a cholera epidemic rages.

Inga biblioteksbeskrivningar kunde hittas.

Bokbeskrivning
Haiku-sammanfattning

Populära omslag

Snabblänkar

Betyg

Medelbetyg: (3.94)
0.5 1
1 7
1.5 2
2 27
2.5 13
3 146
3.5 59
4 345
4.5 49
5 201

Är det här du?

Bli LibraryThing-författare.

 

Om | Kontakt | LibraryThing.com | Sekretess/Villkor | Hjälp/Vanliga frågor | Blogg | Butik | APIs | TinyCat | Efterlämnade bibliotek | Förhandsrecensenter | Allmänna fakta | 163,253,550 böcker! | Topplisten: Alltid synlig