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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There was nothing on his passport to show that he had been in France; the
steamer went round the lake touching French soil at two places, but going from
Switzerland to Switzerland, so that his journey might have been to Vevey or to ...
His reasons for coming to Switzerland for a few days were plausible and there
could apparently be no difficulty in his crossing the frontier on his return.
Ashenden expressed his satisfaction with his behaviour, gave him his orders and
Here he remained till Italy entered the war, but then gave notice and with his
papers in perfect order crossed the border and took up his residence in
Switzerland. All this indicated a man of doubtful honesty and unsettled
disposition, with no ...
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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