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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When Ashenden walked along next morning to keep his appointment he found
himself in a street of rather vulgar red - brick houses in a part of London that had
once been fashionable , but was now fallen in the esteem of the house - hunter ...
He can scale mountains higher than Everest and swim seas broader than the
Atlantic . He is god , he is devil . Women have been my ruin . ' Once more the
Hairless Mexican glanced at the cards , took some out of the little piles and left
To Ashenden ' s astonishment he showed a peculiar knowledge of the mountain
flowers . Once he went out of the way to pick one he saw a little distance from the
path and brought it back to his wife . He looked at it tenderly . ' Isn ' t it lovely ?