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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“I don't want them,” said Ashenden quickly. “Take them.” With a shrug of the
shoulders the Hairless Mexican put the things back in his pocket. “What was in
his belt? You said he kept feeling round his middle. “Only money. I've looked
Meanwhile he felt the clothes, rapidly but with care, as he took them out. There
were no papers of ... His dark eyes shot up and down the room, looking for a
hiding-place, and Ashenden felt that nothing escaped him. “Perhaps he left them
Caypor stopped and Ashenden felt that his eyes were turned in his direction. Mrs.
Caypor had noticed the arrival of a stranger and had drawn her husband's
attention to it. Ashenden turned the page of the book he was pretending to read,
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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
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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