Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, The Painted Veil is the story of the beautiful, but love-starved Kitty Fane.
When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic. Stripped of the British society of her youth and the small but effective society she fought so hard to attain in Hong Kong, she is compelled by her awakening conscience to reassess her life and learn how to love.
The Painted Veil is a beautifully written affirmation of the human capacity to grow, to change, and to forgive.
The book of a film.
I watched the film first which I enjoyed which made me want to read the book. I think it is an intriguing story of class, love, relationships, men and women. It is unusual as the scene changes to China and the cultural influences. Kitty is hard to like and you want a happy ending for her and her husband but she is at the end very honest and frank. Well worth a read.