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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Anyhow you had better get back to Geneva.” He shook hands with Ashenden and
showed him out. Ashenden was well aware that he would never know what
happened then. Being no more than a tiny rivet in a vast and complicated
Ashenden had no friends in GeneVa. “Oh?” he answered, not a little surprised. “
Who are they?” He had taken care to get on friendly terms with the porter and his
tips for trifling services had been generous. The porter gave a discreet smile.
At that time Geneva was a hot-bed of intrigue and its home was the hotel at which
Ashenden was staying. There were Frenchmen there, Italians and Russians,
Turks, Rumanians, Greeks and Egyptians. Some had fled their country, some ...
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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