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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It is not everyone who can tell a lie and Ashenden had the feeling , he hardly
knew why , that Mrs Caypor was telling one then . Her manner perhaps was not
quite as indifferent as you would have expected when she was mentioning a fact
knew from Gustav that the Germans wanted to send someone to England . He
drew a long breath ; if Caypor went he would have to get busy . When Mrs
Caypor came in to give him his lesson she was dull and listless . She looked tired
and her ...
He knew that she did not love him . He was just a man among a hundred others
and she made no secret of the fact that he was not her only lover . He suffered
agonies of jealousy but knew that it would only excite her ridicule or her anger if