This fascinating book contains probably the most expert stories of espionage ever written. For a period of time after it was first published, the book became official required reading for persons entering the British Secret Service.
During World War I, Maugham enlisted with an ambulance unit, but was soon shifted to the Intelligence Department. Although these stories were based on the author's own experiences as a British agent during the war, he emphasized that they were written purely as entertainment, at which, indeed, Ashenden succeeds. Maugham's clarity of style, the perfection of his form, the subtlety of his thought, veiled thinly behind a worldly cynicism, has made him an international figure.
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Caypor scraped acquaintance in Zürich with a young Spaniard , Gomez by name
, who had lately entered the British secret service , by his nationality inspired him
with confidence , and managed to worm out of him the fact that he was ...
Caypor la other and she is the dog berwa And Fritzi , as the driven snow . His
master will be as proud as Punch to walk out with him and all the little lady - dogs
will say : Good gracious , who ' s that beautiful aristocratic - looking bull - terrier ...
In the course of his morning lesson Mrs Caypor remarked : ' My husband has
gone to Geneva today . He had some business to do there . ' ' Oh , ' said
Ashenden , ' will he be gone long ? ' ' No , only two days . ' It is not everyone who
can tell a ...