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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C ' est une bien belle ville , Paris , ' he said . " The Prince has a beautiful
apartment there , ' said his secretary , ' with beautiful pictures and life - sized
statues . ' Ashenden explained that he had the greatest sympathy for the national
Staying at Hôtel Lotti , Paris . If possiblo please go and see her . Raymond
Raymond was one of R . ' s facetious noms de guerre , and since Ashenden was
not so fortunate as to possess an Aunt Maggie he concluded that this was an
order to ...
I can get an engagement in Paris . I have a friend there who has made me
serious propositions . I have wasted long enough over you and look what I have
got from it . It is finished . Good - bye . You will never find a woman who will love
you as ...