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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He took Chandra's letter from his pocket and gave it to her. She snatched it from
his hand. She devoured it with her eyes, there were eight pages of it, and as she
read the tears streamed down her cheeks. Between her sobs she gave little ...
Chandra had not come. Ashenden did not know what to do. He had played his
last card. There were not more than half a dozen passengers for Thonon and
when they had been examined and gone their way he strolled slowly along the
Chandra Lal lay there, his eyes wide open and a thin line of foam on his lips,
dead. His body was horribly contorted. “He's killed himself. We've sent for the
doctor. He was too quick for us.” A sudden thrill of horror passed through
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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