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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tasia Alexandrovna, it was too much of a mouthful; so he called her Delilah. And
now she placed her inexhaustible energy at his service and they went together to
the persons who might be useful to him. But things were coming to a head.
“Not at all, Delilah,” said Mr. Harrington, with asperity. “I'm perfectly capable of
taking care of myself and I wasn't in the smallest danger.” “What is it all about?”
asked Ashenden. “I'd taken Mr. Harrington to the Lavra of Alexander Nevsky to
“Go on then, you may kiss me, Delilah, though I'm bound to say I don't see what
pleasure it can be to you.” She put her arms round his neck and kissed him on
both cheeks, then without a word of warning burst into a flood of tears. “You're 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jimgysin - LibraryThing
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