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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I ' m sure your speech will come back to you in a minute . ' He felt certain then that
he saw in those dark eyes a desperate effort to speak . He could not be mistaken
. The mind was shaken by desire , but the paralysed body was incapable of ...
Though Ashenden knew very well that no letter would ever come for her he had
not the heart to keep her on tenter - hooks . ' Don ' t you think that ' s enough for
the day ? I ' m sure you want to go down to Cook ' s , ' he said . " Thank you .
I wouldn ' t have mentioned it if I hadn ' t been pretty sure of that . I don ' t want Dr
Lennox to hoof me out for putting the fear of God into his bloody patients . ' Then
Ashenden ' s nurse came to take him back to bed . Even though he had only sat ...