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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Staying at Hotel Lotti, Paris. If possible please go and see her. Raymond.
Raymond was one of R.'s facetious noms de guerre, and since Ashenden was
not so fortunate as to possess an Aunt Maggie he concluded that this was an
order to go ...
At eleven he had an appointment with Herbartus at the Hotel de Paris. The dinner
came to an end and coffee was brought in. Sir Herbert knew good food and good
wine and Ashenden was obliged to admit that he had fared excellently.
He slipped out very quietly, with his bag in his hand, and took the train to Paris.”
Ashenden turned away his head for he saw two tears form themselves in
Witherspoon's eyes and roll down his cheeks. He did not even try to hide them.
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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