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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They've arranged to meet at Lausanne.” “Yes.” “When he reaches Lausanne he'll
get a letter from her to say that the French authorities won't let her cross the
frontier and that she's going to Thonon, which is just on the other side of the lake
Address it to the hotel at Lausanne.” She gave him a glance, but without
answering took it and wrote as he directed. “Now on the other side write: 'delayed
at frontier but everything all right. Wait at Lausanne.' Then add whatever you like,
I have a letter for you; I promised to take it to Lausanne by the first boat tomorrow.
” Ashenden gave the man a brief glance, but did not ask what had passed
between him and Giulia Lazzari. He took the letter and by the light of Felix's
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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