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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Of course . He ' s declared war and he must take his chance . I shall carry out
your instructions , that ' s what I ' m here for , but I see no harm in realizing that
there ' s something to be admired and respected in him . ' R . was once more the
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 ...
He awaited her with apprehension . Of course he knew now that he had not loved
her , but Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky , Rimsky - Korsakov , Stravinsky , and Bakst ;
but he was not quite sure if the point had occurred to her . When between eight ...