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 chanced soon after his arrival to go to a party and was there introduced to a
middle-aged Colonel whose name he did not catch. He had some talk with him.
As he was about to leave this officer came up to him and asked: “I say, I wonder if
“Ah, it is you the Colonel spoke to me of. You are my jailer.” “Only as a matter of
form. I shall not intrude upon you.” “All the same you are my jailer.” “I hope not for
very long. I have in my pocket your passport with all the formalities completed to ...
The old Irish colonel and his old wife rose from their table and he stood aside to
let her pass. They had eaten their meal without exchanging a word. She walked
slowly to the door; but the colonel stopped to say a word to a Swiss who might ...
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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