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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A day or two before, about five in the afternoon, an Indian agent of his had come
to see him in his rooms; it was only by a lucky chance that he was in, for he had
no appointment with him, and the agent's instructions were to come to the hotel ...
agent in the service of the Austrian Government and he looked forward to a
certain entertainment in the duel he foresaw. It would be amusing to set his wits
against hers. He was quite aware that she would lay snares for him and to avoid
“This afternoon she walked up to the station just as a train was about to start for
Lyons. She was looking up and down uncertainly so I went to her and asked if
there was anything I could do. I introduced myself as an agent of the Sureté. If
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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