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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Ashenden in reaction from his previous perturbation was feeling exceedingly
debonair and he answered with good humour. ... than before, since this was a
question for which he had long been prepared, and it was a relief to give the
The pre-arranged answer was given, and sitting down beside him, Ashenden
ordered himself a Dubonnet. The spy was a stocky little fellow, shabbily dressed,
with a bullet-shaped head, close-cropped, fair, with shifty blue eyes and a sallow
What is to happen to me if he does not answer? I cannot force him to come if he
does not want to.” “He has answered,” said Ashenden. “I have the answer with
me.” She gave a gasp and her voice broke. “Oh, show I23 GIULIA LAZZARI.
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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