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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He was at the heart of plots to embarrass the British in India and so prevent them
from transferring troops to the seat of war and with the help of immense sums
given to him by German agents he was able to cause a great deal of trouble.
Ashenden had always thought botany a tedious science, but Caypor, talking
exuberantly as they walked along, was able to impart to it life and interest. He
must have given it a good deal of study. “I've never written a book,” he said. “
There are ...
But by chance he was able to do Sir Herbert Witherspoon a good turn and so was
thrown again into contact with him. It has been suggested that Mr. Schäfer was
more of a politician than a diplomat, and it was his position rather than his ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kristykay22 - LibraryThing
This is a compelling, although rather chilly, collection of loosely connected short stories following the intelligence work of Ashenden, a writer turned spy for the British government during World War ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - lamour - LibraryThing
This is volume three of Maugham's collected short stories. In this volume he has placed his stories that have the same protagonist, Ashendan, who is recruited to move to Switzerland where he will be a ... Read full review