Stripped of the British society of her youth and overwhelmed by the desolation around her, she is compelled by her awakening conscience to reassess her life. She takes up work with children at a convent, but when her husband dies, she is forced to return to England to her father, her one remaining relative, to raise her unborn child. Though too late for her marriage, she has learned humility, independence, and how to love.
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"[Maugham is] the modern writer who has influenced me the most." (George Orwell)
"An expert craftsman....His style is sharp, quick, subdued, casual."(New York Times)
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I bought this as part of an Audible sale (can't remember why exactly I picked it), but I ended up enjoying it. The story of an unfaithful wife, the lengths to which her husband went to punish her, and her search for redemption. Quite a few interesting characters. Kitty makes you want to smack her several times during the book, but you end up rooting for her to make the right decision (and you totally agree with her self-loathing after her mistake the second time around); eventually she comes around. Waddington is a gem, as are the nuns in the convent. Not a very long read/"listen" and it moves along well. I enjoyed the narration.
A trifle pedantic and indulgent by the author. I found elements of Anna Karenina and hints of Madame Bovary, but not the emotional impact of either. This is a story that has all the ingredients of a morality tale, and none of the reality of redemption. It was predictable yet readable, and while I saw what was coming, felt I should continue it. It made me think that Maugham -- sorry -- had less creativity and imagination but wonderful style and powerful language. Nothing original here. But worth reading, worth hearing the masterful use of language.
Until we realize the world is not about what it can do for us, we are selfish and ignorant. The greatest joy in life is blessing others with peace and happiness, even in our darkest times.
I have a quilting business. Since I love to read, I cannot read a book and quilt at the same time. Now I can listen to books and quilt too.
Yes I would. This story pointed out the fragility of relationships...marriage and how the grass is NOT greener on the other side.
Kitty Fane and her evolution into 'growing up' and being held accountable for her decisions.
The author sets us back in time with the story and setting...but also can easily be set in today's era.
My favorite scene was when the realization of her actions comes full force in her heart and mind.
A very insightful book. It reminds us all about the values of love and marriage...and honesty.
As a well written piece of its period I would highly recommend this. Although I didn't care for the narrator at certain points and there were times when you could tell it was a man trying to write from a woman's perspective, the story is a good one. The ending is an optimistic one and reminds us that we can forge the relationships we would like to.
Some of her male characters sounded very similar to each other, so I would have done a little bit more to distinguish between them. Also, the main character sounded shrill at times.
I did want to power through it, but more to say I had listened to it rather than being caught up in the story itself.
Superb Magnificent Unsurpassed
The author's incredibly realistic portrayal of human character - such as failings, immorality, honesty, self-examination and redemption.
She has a unique voice which conveys all conceivable emotions, men, women, children, foreign accents, foreign languages. Her artistry brings one into the plot as if you were standing there observing them interacting, thinking, suffering, joyful, worried, etc.
When Kitty Fane realizes what a fool she has been - Townsend, her lover, never loved her at all. She was just his play thing and nothing more. The next best moment is when Kitty realizes how much she truly loves and respects her husband.
W. Somerset Maugham's stories are incredibly realistic. He has the uncanny ability to create and delve into all sorts of personalities and describe their motivations, good or bad, in ways that may compel you to consider your own strengths and weaknesses.
The pace of the story and the character analysis
Good Story, well paced and artfully narrated.
I would recommend this book. Chapter after chapter, it never failed to entertain and make me think. The main character, Kitty, grows immeasurably by way of her experiences. She is a victim of her upbringing and comes to realize this. The language in the book is stunning and I learned new words and turns of phase. The narration is superb; Kate Reading is a wonderful actress. She is very talented at possessing the different voices in the novel. I felt like I was learning a lot about colonial China, which was eye opening. In all, there is a lot on the literary plate here to satisfy the reader's appetite.
One of the most memorable moments was when Walter admitted he knew about the thing Kitty and Charlie did.
Her voice is so rich and warm. She exposes the characters virtues, vices and depth through her voice.
Yes, I was moved when Kitty went to see her father towards the end of the novel.
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