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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He asked her to marry him and was accepted . Her family was delighted . The
marriage was to take place in the autumn , since her father had to go on some
political errand to South America and was taking his wife and daughter with him .
I ' ve asked Ivy to marry me . ' Ashenden was startled . ... But she ' s going to marry
me . ' ' It ' s madness . ... All that ' s very fine and large , ' said Templeton then , '
but what we want to know is whether we can get married . ' ' It would be highly ...
They told Ashenden and Chester that they were going to be married as soon as
they could get a licence . Then Ivy turned to Chester . ' I should so much like your
wife to come up for my wedding . D ' you think she would ? " You ' re not going to