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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Stopping after a hundred yards or so under a lamp-post Ashenden took the letter
out of his pocket and read it; it came from the Consulate and said: The enclosed
telegram arrived to-night and in case it is urgent I am sending it round to your ...
It arrived at Thonon every morning twenty minutes after the steamer going in the
opposite direction had left. Ashenden had an inspiration. “Where is the man who
brought it?” “He's in the ticket-office.” “Give him the letter and tell him to return to ...
Now that Ashenden had arrived at terms of some familiarity with Caypor he found
that he regarded him less with repulsion than with curiosity. He did not think that
he had become a spy merely for the money; he was a man of modest tastes and ...
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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