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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On the night of November 7th, 1917, the Bolsheviks rose, Kerensky's ministers
were arrested and the Winter Palace was sacked by the mob; the reins of power
were seized by Lenin and Trotsky. Anastasia Alexandrovna came to Ashenden's
Rage seized her. “The buffoon!” she screamed. At that moment there was a knock
at the door and Anastasia Alexandrovna looked at it with sudden apprehension. “
You know the Bolsheviks have got a list of people they've decided to execute.
“The Bolsheviks have overthrown the Government. Kerensky's ministers are in
prison. The Bolsheviks are out to kill. Delilah says her name is on the list. Your
minister signed your documents yesterday because he knew it did not matter
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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