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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“He's known as the Hairless Mexican.” “Why?” “Because he's hairless and
because he's a Mexican. ... It appears that he was mixed up in some revolution in
Mexico and had to get out with nothing but the clothes he stood up in. They were
“I want you to go down to Naples with the Hairless Mexican. He's very keen on
getting back to Cuba. It appears that his friends are organizing a show and he
wants to be as near at hand as possible so that he can hop over to Mexico when
R. ordered brandy and soda and when it came, whereas he and Ashenden
helped themselves to both, the Hairless Mexican poured himself out three parts
of a tumbler of neat brandy and swallowed it in two noisy gulps. He rose to his
feet and ...
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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