The Painted Veil

Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 030778763X
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
Download Now
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.

Cakes and Ale

Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Publisher: New Canadian Library
ISBN: 077106019X
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
Download Now
Successful author William Ashenden is contacted by Alroy Kear, an aspiring writer who has been contracted to write a biography of the late Edward Driffield by his second wife, and hopes that Ashenden can help shed some light on Driffield’s past. Ashenden is one of the select few to understand the importance of Rosie, Driffield’s first wife, scorned for her sexual liberty but the source of inspiration for her former husband’s greatest works. Ashenden must consider carefully how much to reveal, and how, to ensure that both Edward and Rosie are done justice by Kear’s pen and history’s eye. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

Up at the Villa

Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307804771
Format: PDF, Kindle
Download Now
Now a major motion picture from USA Films starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Sean Penn, and director Philip Haas (director of Angels and Insects). In Up at the Villa, W. Somerset Maugham portrays a wealthy young English woman who finds herself confronted rather brutally by the repercussions of whimsy. On the day her older and prosperous friend asks her to marry him, Mary Leonard demurs and decides to postpone her reply a few days. But driving into the hills above Florence alone that evening, Mary offers a ride to a handsome stranger. And suddenly, her life is utterly, irrevocably altered. For this stranger is a refugee of war, and he harbors more than one form of passion. Before morning, Mary will witness bloodshed, she will be forced to seek advice and assistance from an unsavory man, and she will have to face the truth about her own yearnings. Erotic, haunting, and maddeningly suspenseful, Up at the Villa is a masterful tale of temptation and the capricious nature of fate.

In the Pond

Author: Ha Jin
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0804153728
Format: PDF
Download Now
National Book Award-winner Ha Jin's arresting debut novel , In the Pond, is a darkly funny portrait of an amateur calligrapher who wields his delicate artist's brush as a weapon against the powerful party bureaucrats who rule his provincial Chinese town. Shao Bin is a downtrodden worker at the Harvest Fertilizer Plant by day and an aspiring artist by night. Passed over on the list to receive a decent apartment for his young family, while those in favor with the party's leaders are selected ahead of him, Shao Bin chafes at his powerlessness. When he attempts to expose his corrupt superiors by circulating satirical cartoons, he provokes an escalating series of merciless counterattacks that send ripples beyond his small community. Artfully crafted and suffused with earthy wit, In the Pond is a moving tale about humble lives caught up in larger social forces.

A Map of Betrayal

Author: Ha Jin
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307911616
Format: PDF, Kindle
Download Now
A Christian Science Monitor Best Book of the Year From the award-winning author of Waiting and War Trash: a riveting tale of espionage and conflicted loyalties that spans half a century in the entwined histories of two countries—China and the United States—and two families. When Lilian Shang, born and raised in America, discovers her father’s diary after the death of her parents, she is shocked by the secrets it contains. She knew that her father, Gary, convicted decades ago of being a mole in the CIA, was the most important Chinese spy ever caught. But his diary, an astonishing chronicle of his journey as a Communist intelligence agent, reveals the pain and longing that his double life entailed—and point to a hidden second family that he’d left behind in China. As Lilian follows her father’s trail back into the Chinese provinces, she begins to grasp the extent of his dilemma: he is a man torn between loyalty to his motherland and the love he came to feel for his adopted country. She sees how his sense of duty distorted his life, and as she starts to understand that Gary too had been betrayed, Lilian finds that it is up to her to prevent his tragedy from endangering yet another generation of Shangs. A stunning portrait of a multinational family and an unflinching inquiry into the meaning of citizenship, patriotism, and home, A Map of Betrayal is a spy novel that only Ha Jin could write. From the Hardcover edition.

Nanjing Requiem

Author: Ha Jin
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 030774373X
Format: PDF, Mobi
Download Now
During the 1937 attack on Nanjing, American missionary and women's college dean Minnie Vautrin decides to remain at her school during a Japanese attack that renders the school a refugee center for ten thousand women and children.

The Crazed

Author: Ha Jin
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 0375714111
Format: PDF
Download Now
Assigned to care for his fiancâee's father, Professor Yang, after he suffers a stroke, Jian Wan is disturbed when the professor begins to rave against his family and colleagues, and takes great risks to uncover the truth.

Collected Short Stories

Author: William Somerset Maugham
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780140185928
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download Now
Collects all of the stories the author wanted to preserve, providing a rich view of his prolific talent, wide-ranging views, and engaging style