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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“Not at all, Delilah,” said Mr. Harrington, with asperity. “I'm perfectly capable of
taking care of myself and I wasn't in the smallest danger.” “What is it all about?”
asked Ashenden. “I'd taken Mr. Harrington to the Lavra of Alexander Nevsky to
“Don't be stupid, Mr. Harrington,” cried Anastasia, in a sudden fury, stamping her
foot. “Don't you know that those soldiers might very easily have killed you and me
too, and not one of the bystanders would have raised a finger to help us?” “Me?
William Somerset Maugham. But before she could finish Mr. Harrington
interrupted her. “You need not tell Mr. Ashenden what you took off. I'm a married
man and I know ladies wear them, but I see no need to refer to them in general
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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