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 was warm in the saloon and there were good lights to read by , but he thought it
better not to sit there in case some habitual traveller , recognizing him , wondered
why he made these constant journeys between Geneva in Switzerland and ...
Then he took off his boots and lay down . Ashenden dimmed the light . ' I have
never yet made up my mind , ' said the Hairless Mexican reflectively , ' whether it
is pleasanter to go to sleep with the kisses of a beautiful woman on your mouth or
Dr Lennox fixed a day when he would tell them the results and in the light of this
discuss their proposal . Ashenden saw them just before they went to keep the
appointment . They were anxious , but did their best to make a joke of it . Dr