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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Perhaps , ' said Ashenden dryly . Well , I shall try to get a little sleep . I shall give
the nightporter orders to wake me when everything is over . Fortunately the nights
are long now and if everything goes well we may be able to get the body away ...
Perhaps it was only some trivial thing that was important only in her addled old
brain . Ashenden was sick of the people who saw spies in every inoffensive
passer - by and plots in the most innocent combination of circumstances . It was a
She was perhaps a little more anxious to please ( indeed one of her agreeable
traits was the interest she took in whomever she was talking to ) , but she was
certainly no more made - up and her conversation was as intelligent . It lacked