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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Ashenden was told that Miss King had not been to England since she was first
engaged as governess of the prince's mother and he could not but be amazed to
think of all she must have seen during those long years in the harems of Cairo.
“Well, Miss King, I'm sorry to see you like this,” he said with forced cheerfulness. “
She cannot speak,” said the doctor. “She had another little stroke when the maid
went to fetch you. I have just given her an injection. She may partly recover the ...
“I'm afraid you're feeling very ill, Miss King.” It seemed to him that a flash of anger
crossed her eyes and Ashenden could not but imagine that she was exasperated
by his futile words. “You do not mind waiting?” asked the doctor. “Of course not.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kristykay22 - LibraryThing
This is a compelling, although rather chilly, collection of loosely connected short stories following the intelligence work of Ashenden, a writer turned spy for the British government during World War ... Read full review
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This is volume three of Maugham's collected short stories. In this volume he has placed his stories that have the same protagonist, Ashendan, who is recruited to move to Switzerland where he will be a ... Read full review