Though i think kitty on the whole is a more interesting character and the painted veil a more compelling novel. I liked the book much much better than the movie as the novel reveals the complexity of kittys emotions. The novel also inspired a 2006 drama movie of the same name starring edward norton and naomi watts. The sisters in the french convent, for instance, are completely in character. The biographer richard cordell notes that the book was influenced by maughams study of science and his work as a houseman at st thomas hospital. But after she overhears her mother enthuse about her sisters. The film makers have changed the ending, perhaps realising that modern. It is a story of love, betrayal, hatred, revenge and redemption. He was probably in a hurry and had just left the book and note on his way to.
The painted veil study guide contains a biography of w. I wish, the book would have been written as the movie was. The painted veil is a 2006 american drama film directed by john curran. Colonial secretary with every possibility of one day ending up governor of the colony. New sisters are on their way to replace those who have died. This is the third film adaptation of the maugham book, following a 1934 film starring greta garbo and herbert. But still, the two scores sit side by side in my itunes library. The screenplay by ron nyswaner is based on the 1925 novel of the same title by w. The sisters in the french convent, for instance, are completely in character, as is the unresolved situation between kitty and. The painted veil william somerset maugham this is a book to get lost in, not just in the usual way of books, but in a way that is haunting and will have you musing for days and days, long after you have turned the final page.
Somerset maughams 1925 novel the painted veil, previously filmed rather beautifully in 1934 starring greta garbo and indifferently in 1957 as the seventh sin, is the tale of kitty naomi watts. The painted veil is a 1925 novel by british author w. Edward norton, naomi watts, toby jones, anthony wong chau sang and liev schreiber appear in the leading roles this is the third film adaptation of the maugham book, following a 1934 film starring greta garbo and herbert. First of all, you never have to twist my arm too bad to have me watch anything with edward norton in it. Elegant painted veil is pleasing but pale the boston globe. Craddock, another work by maugham, the character of bertha vaguely reminds me of kitty. The storyline of the painted veil has some major changes between the movie and the novel. Maugham uses a thirdpersonlimited point of view in this story, where kitty garstin is the focal character. The plot moves from climax to climax as you might expect from a novel that was originally serialised. Somerset maughams the painted veil is easily the best book ive read. Somerset maughams 1925 novel, the painted veil, turned an unpleasant. I think he is a brilliant actor and he came through again in painted veil. Somerset maugham, the painted veil is a love story set in the 1920s that tells the story of a young english couple, walter, a middle class doctor and kitty, an.
A british medical doctor fights a cholera epidemic in a small chinese village, while being trapped at home in a loveless marriage to an unfaithful wife. The painted veil is both a critical social commentary and deeply. Book recommendations, author interviews, editors picks, and more. Kitty garstin is the more beautiful of two sisters who live in london in the. The title is taken from percy bysshe shelleys sonnet, which begins lift not the painted veil which those who live call life the novel was first published in serialised form in five issues of cosmopolitan november 1924 march 1925. By the time the season drew to its end they had seen a good deal of one. Set in england and hong kong in the 1920s, the painted veil is. Edward norton, naomi watts, toby jones, anthony wong chau sang and liev schreiber appear in the leading roles. The queen was all wit and charm, slyly winking at the audience through layers of stiff formality. Beginning in may 1925, it was serialised in the united kingdom in eight parts in. Now the book spends several pages describing kittys psychological agonising as she wonders.
The painted veil is about as far as you can get from the queen and still be in the same aesthetic. The title is taken from percy bysshe shelleys sonnet which begins lift not the painted veil which those who live call life. My personal opinion is that it was perhaps a mixture of both of those. The ending too is completely different and much more likely. Later editions reverted to hong kong but the name fane was kept for all editions. The painted veil is a novel written by w somerset maugham in 1925.110 17 1546 767 280 583 1567 985 804 1156 451 115 304 928 1081 964 1338 1244 1333 1045 1011 1470 292 684 1207 1231 791 568 796 1459 1019 1287 693