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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Of course there was the Villa , the great leafy garden facing the bay in which
stood the aquarium ; that was deserted at night and very dark ; things happened
there that did not bear the light of day and prudent persons after dusk avoided its
Perfectly . ' Chandra hesitated , but then followed the official to the door of the
waiting - room . Félix opened it and stood aside . * Entrez . ' Chandra went in and
the two detectives stood up . He must have suspected at once that they were
The old Irish colonel and his old wife rose from their table and he stood aside to
let her pass . They bad eaten their meal without exchanging a word . She walked
slowly to the door ; but the colonel stopped to say a word to a Swiss who might ...