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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Ashenden had been to France in order to write and dispatch a report. A day or
two before, about five in the afternoon, an Indian agent of his had come to see
him in his rooms; it was only by a lucky chance that he was in, for he had no ...
cross the Swiss frontier and come into France she's to go free, either to Spain or
to South America, with her passage paid.” “And how the devil is she to get
Chandra to do that P” - “He's madly in love with her. He's longing to see her. His
Soon after dark, for even at Thonon, though it was in France, it was thought
desirable to attract attention to Ashenden as little as possible, an agent from the
police-station came to see him. His name was Felix. He was a little dark
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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