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.
Results 1-3 of 27
Fact , as I said in the preface to the volume in which these stories appeared , is a
poor story - teller . It starts a story at haphazard long before the beginning ,
rambles on inconsequently , and tails off , leaving loose ends hanging about ,
He wanted to change his appearance . Oh , he ' s cunning . I admire the Germans
, they leave nothing to chance , he ' s got his whole story pat , but I ' ll tell you that
in a minute . ' " By the way , you ' ve changed your appearance too . ' ' Ah , yes ...
Next day Caypor appeared once more with his wife at the dinner - table , but
merely nodded to Ashenden and afterwards both went straight upstairs . They
looked troubled . Caypor , as a rule so animated , walked with bowed shoulders