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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Hers were written in a queer mixture of French , German , and English ; she
speaks English a little and French quite well , but the answers were written
entirely in English ; it was good English , but not an Englishman ' s English ,
flowery and ...
Are you English , by the way , or American ? ' ' English , ' said Ashenden .
Ashenden was by nature a very shy person , and he had in vain tried to cure
himself of a failing that at his age was unseemly , but on occasion he knew how
to make ...
... travellers and sometimes they came into the compartment to have a chat , but if
they only spoke French or German Mr Harrington would watch them with
acidulous disapproval and if they spoke English he would never let them get a
word in .