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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Her appearance was so grotesque that it created consternation rather than
amusement. People turned in the street and stared at her with open mouths.
Ashenden was told that Miss King had not been to England since she was first
He wanted to change his appearance. Oh, he's cunning. I admire the Germans,
they leave nothing to chance, he's got his whole story pat, but I'll tell you that in a
minute.” “By the way, you've changed your appearance too.” “Ah yes, this is a wig
Ashenden skimmed the report and then read it a second time more attentively. It
appeared that Chandra Lal was a dangerous agitator. He was a lawyer by
profession, but had taken up politics and was bitterly hostile to the British rule in
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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