Ashenden, Or: The British Agent
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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Anastasia Alexandrovna giggled. “Then you must kiss me, Mr. Harrington. If you
don't I shall say.” Mr. Harrington hesitated a moment, considering evidently the
pros and cons of the matter, but he saw that Anastasia Alexandrovna was ...
“Boris Petrovich was shot this morning,” said Anastasia Alexandrovna with a
frown. They both looked at Mr. Harrington and he stared at the floor. His pride in
this achievement of his was shattered and he sagged like a pricked balloon. But
in a ...
When he left them Ashenden and Anastasia Alexandrovna talked over the
situation. Ashenden was depressed because all his careful schemes had come
to nothing, but Anastasia Alexandrovna was excited and she hazarded every sort
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - lamour - LibraryThing
This is volume three of Maugham's collected short stories. In this volume he has put his stories that have the same protagonist, Ashendan who is recruited to move to Switzerland where he will be a ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jimgysin - LibraryThing
It's easy to see why this one is considered an archetype of espionage fiction. The fact that the book was first published back in the late 1920s means that some of the dialogue and narrative will ... Read full review