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 ...
“You do not mind waiting?” asked the doctor. “Of course not.” It appeared that the
night-porter had been roused by the ringing of the telephone from Miss King's
room, but on listening could get no one to speak. The bell continued to ...
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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