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Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham
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Nov 12, 2010

really liked it
Read in November, 2010

Maugham was an British intelligence agent during WWI, and here he uses some of his experiences in a work of fiction. He relates in the preface that it was required reading for new agents at one time. His description of traveling on the trans-Siberia railroad rivals Paul Theroux in its misery. There are expressions that have fallen into disuse in our day, some with good riddance and others merely quaint. My favorite of the quaint is: during a lull in the conversation one character is said to have 'preserved the silence'.

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