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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When Ashenden on his arrivel at X paid an official call on Sir Herbert
Witherspoon, the British ambassador, he was received with a politeness to which
no exception could be taken, but with a frigidity that would have sent a little shiver
down the ...
Sir Herbert maintained his steady gaze, but Ashenden was surprised to see on a
sudden in the steely eyes a little smile. The bleak, supercilious face became for
an instant quite attractive. “There is another little bit of information that perhaps ...
Sir Herbert knew good food and good wine and Ashenden was obliged to admit
that he had fared excellently. Liqueurs were served with the coffee, and
Ashenden took a glass of brandy. “I have some very old Benedictine,' bassador. “
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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