The Painted Veil

28 06 2011

This is my first major read by Somerset Maugham. I’ve only read a few of his short stories before. This novel is brilliant and I enjoyed every moment of reading it. It’s the story of a woman who commits adultery. She couldn’t love her husband who is in so much love with her, despite his knowledge of her mediocrity. The husband seeks revenge for her infidelity and being spurned by her lover she is forced to oblige  and follow her husband to an epidemic infested area.Though she could never make herself love him and never regrets her past actions, she understands her husband, becomes cleansed and hence a better person in the end.   The story takes different turns and twists and keeps you interested till the end.

I loved the following quotes from the book:

  • Beauty is also a gift of God, one of the most rare and precious, and we should be thankful if we are happy enough to possess it and thankful, if we are not, that others possess it for our pleasure.
  • There is only one way to win hearts and that is to make oneself like unto those of whom one would be loved.
  • Failure is the foundation of success and success is the lurking place of failure; but who can tell when the turning point will come?
  • One cannot find peace in work or in pleasure, in the world or in a convent, but only in one’s soul.
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