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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... said he was more English than the English. He was a tall, thin fellow, in well-
cut clothes, with a close-cropped Prussian head, and that peculiar bend of the
body as though he were just about to bow to a royalty that you feel, rather than
a little and French quite well, but the answers were written entirely in English; it
was good English, but not an Englishman's English, flowery and rather
grandiloquent; I wondered who was writing them. They seemed to be just
Caypor addressing her in English told her in his jovial way, as though she did not
know it already, what Ashenden had told him about himself. She listened grimly. “
I think you told me you understood German,” said Caypor, his big red face ...
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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