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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“Is Mr. Somerville a military man?” “No,” said R., “he's an author.” “It takes all sorts
to make a world, as you say. I am happy to make your acquaintance, Mr.
Somerville. I can tell you many stories that will interest you; I am sure that we
shall get ...
“Mr. Somerville knows practically nothing of the errand on which you are going
and I do not desire you to tell him anything. I think you had much better keep your
own counsel. He is instructed to give you the funds you need for your work, but ...
“Mr. Somerville has a diplomatic passport so that he can get it through with his
own things at the frontier without examination if you like.” “I have very little, a few
suits and some linen, but perhaps it would be as well if Mr. Somerville would take
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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