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 66
I had an infinity of things to do , meetings to go to , ammunition to get , orders to
give , I was so besotted over this woman that I could attend to nothing . ' You
would have thought that I should be angry with her for making such a fool of me ,
It is well known that the valley of the Neckar is one of the beauty places of the
whole world , ' she said . ' I have not told you , my dear , ' said Caypor then , ' that
Mr Somerville is looking for someone to give him conversation lessons while he
Heaven only knew how he would have to rack his brain for subjects of discourse
with that heavy and morose woman . Now she made a visible effort . ' I shall be
very pleased to give Mr Somerville conversation lessons . ' ' I congratulate you ...