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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Ashenden opened the door and looked out. He saw no one. The hotel in point of
fact at that season was nearly empty. There were few foreigners in Naples and
trade was bad. “It's all right,” said Ashenden. The Hairless Mexican walked boldly
Ashenden saw that he was being given his opportunity. The trap was prepared
and all he had to do was to fall in. He turned to Mrs. Caypor with a manner that he
tried to make shy, deprecating and modest. “Of course it would be too wonderful ...
He had once seen Ibsen in the flesh drink a glass of Munich beer. “But do you
think we could ever pass ... She turned her face away and Ashenden saw that the
heavy tears were coursing down her cheeks. He was much moved. For he had a
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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