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With satire and wit, Maugham tells us of types of digressions in novels that most bore him, and then proceeds to do exactly that which purportedly disturbs him most. A mysterious meeting with a fellow author sets Ashendon on a mental journey through his past acquaintance with the Driffeilds. Far from being the disinterested youth of the casual acquaintance with the great author and his wife we take him to be, Ashendon's knowledge of the couple is deep and multi-layered. He is unable to contribute anything substantial to his friend's upcoming biography, his knowledge of pivotal events far exceeds all others. He says little of Driffield, and we think Driffield to be unaware of the comings and goings of the one closest to him. The suspense builds, and everything we have read until this point is seen from a totally new perspective -- that of our ever-present man on the scene, Ashendon. Not to be missed.
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