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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But Ashenden was surprised to catch sight of Count von Holzminden and
wondered what on earth he was doing there. This was the German agent in
Vevey and he came over to Geneva only on occasion. Once Ashenden had seen
him in the ...
As he walked past Count Holzminden, Ashenden feeling very gay hazarded the
shadow of a wink. The German agent could not be quite sure of it and if he
suspected it might rack his brains to discover what mystery it portended.
It was curious that Holzminden should have come to the hotel that day; and why
had Prince Ali and the Pasha, those wild gamblers, wasted an evening in playing
contract-bridge with him? It might be that some new plan was in question, ...
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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