By W. Somerset Maugham
Now an enormous movie from united states movies starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Sean Penn, and director Philip Haas (director of Angels and Insects).
In Up on the Villa, W. Somerset Maugham portrays a prosperous younger English lady who reveals herself faced particularly brutally via the repercussions of whimsy.
On the day her older and filthy rich pal asks her to marry him, Mary Leonard demurs and makes a decision to put off her answer a couple of days. But using into the hills above Florence by myself that night, Mary deals a journey to a good-looking stranger. And unexpectedly, her lifestyles is completely, irrevocably altered.
For this stranger is a refugee of conflict, and he harbors multiple kind of passion. Before morning, Mary will witness bloodshed, she's going to be compelled to hunt suggestion and the aid of an unsavory guy, and he or she must face the reality approximately her personal yearnings. Erotic, haunting, and maddeningly suspenseful, Up on the Villa is a masterful story of temptation and the capricious nature of destiny.
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