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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Everything I lost , everything . In Paris I was driven to earn a pittance by giving
Spanish lessons or showing Americans - Americanos del Norte , I mean - the
night life of the city . I who have flung away a thousand duros on a dinner have
I neglected everything . I am a patriot and I love my country . A small band of us
had got together and made up our minds that we could no longer put up with the
misrule from which we were suffering . All the lucrative posts were given to other
Sometimes he had wild dreams of abandoning everything and throwing in his lot
with the acrobats . They had come to have quite a liking for him and they said he
could easily train himself to take a part in the turn . He knew they said it more in ...