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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Having an engagement to dance in England she was granted a visa and”—R.
looked up a date among the papers, “and on the twenty-fourth of October last
sailed from Rotterdam to Harwich. Since then she has danced in London,
Ashenden knew from Gustav that the Germans wanted to send someone to
England. He drew a long breath; if Caypor went he would have to get busy. When
Mrs. Caypor came in to give him his lesson she was dull and listless. She looked
“The fact is, she's rather worried, poor dear; I'm thinking of going to England.”
Ashenden's heart gave a sudden leap against his ribs, but his face remained
impassive: “Oh, are you going for long? We shall miss you.” “To tell you the truth, I
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kristykay22 - LibraryThing
This is a compelling, although rather chilly, collection of loosely connected short stories following the intelligence work of Ashenden, a writer turned spy for the British government during World War ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - lamour - LibraryThing
This is volume three of Maugham's collected short stories. In this volume he has placed his stories that have the same protagonist, Ashendan, who is recruited to move to Switzerland where he will be a ... Read full review