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 had not been to Lucerne since he was a boy and but vaguely remembered a
covered bridge, a great stone lion and a church in which he had sat, bored yet im.
pressed, while they played an organ; and now wandering along a shady quay ...
He told her that he had recently recovered from an attack of typhoid and had
come to Lucerne to get back his strength. He was employed in the Censorship
Department and was taking the opportunity to brush up his rusty German. He
Ashenden knew in Lucerne a Swiss who was willing on emergency to do odd
jobs and, looking him up, asked him to take a letter to Berne. It might be possible
to pick up Caypor and trace his movements. Next day Caypor appeared once
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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