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absorbing ) to hold your attention apart from your interest in the people . The
method of which I speak is that which chooses from life what is curious , telling
and dramatic ; it does not seek to copy life , but keeps to it closely enough not to
... the pretext that he was writing a book he could without attracting attention visit
any neutral country . It was while they were discussing this point that Ř . said : "
You know you ought to get material that would be very useful to you in your work .
How can I talk when your attention is taken up by whether you are going to get a
black seven to put on a red eight ? Conversation calls forth the highest powers of
the intellect and if you have made a study of it you have the right to expect that ...
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This is volume three of Maugham's collected short stories. In this volume he has put his stories that have the same protagonist, Ashendan who is recruited to move to Switzerland where he will be a ... Read full review
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It's easy to see why this one is considered an archetype of espionage fiction. The fact that the book was first published back in the late 1920s means that some of the dialogue and narrative will ... Read full review