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An assignment whose risk and drama invoked both- his sense of romance and the absurd. This book was written in 1928 and draws inspiration from the author’s experience as a member of a British Intelligence squad during World War I.
What makes this book stand out?
A collection of tales steadied down in Maugham's own experiences as an agent, ruminating the cruelty and savagery of espionage, its intrigue, and treachery, as well as its fatuity.
Read it for
The composition cleverly blends autobiography and sarcasm in these coordinated tales of European espionage.
Don't read it for
The collection has no flow, and most stories end abruptly.