Tuesday, July 19, 2011

"Lift not the painted veil which those who live call Life"

I was about not to write any more reviews before going off to my place of summer holidays... But when I finished yesterday "The Painted Veil" (W. Somerset Maugham) I just could not resist a temptation to share with you my admiration and complete enchantment to the book...

This 1925 year novel is a masterpiece of prose, of author ability to paint scenes with words...
but there is something deeper - the plot that gave rise to the 3 movies (1934, 1957, 2006) was quite shocking to me today on a deep personal level...

And please don't ask me with what side of the triangle I  sympathize the most ...
The only thing is that Maugham has an unusual ability to tell the most important truths of life without an jota of preaching or moralizing....

Perhaps , a longer review will come...

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous2:18 AM

    i look forward to the next insight.regards anon.

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  2. I must be frank - I'm unable to write longer review to this book... Life has become more hectic for me and it is more and more difficult to keep pace with writing even to my own reading...

    The beauty of this book lies in the simplicity and frankness it deals with diffcult turns of life. And, in the end it shows what are the true values - values the life is worth living, yet so often, and in the case of the book hero here, these values are clearly seen only when it is too late to live up to them...

    Avoiding sanctimonious tones it really helps to look into our own lives and understand better the simple power of patient love, forgiveness, faithfulness ...

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