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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... be pleased to come and proceeded slowly to don his evening clothes. The
Baroness von Higgins was an Austrian, who on settling in Geneva during the first
winter of the war, had found it convenient to make her name look as 25 MISS
The baroness, his only descendant, after an unhappy marriage, the particulars of
which she was fond of relating to her acquaintance, had resumed her maiden
name. She mentioned not infrequently the fact that her grandfather had been an ...
“Allow me to introduce Mr. Ashenden to your Highness,” said the baroness,
speaking in her fluent French. Ashenden bowed and took the proffered hand. The
Prince gave him a quick look, but did not speak. Madame de Higgins went on: “I
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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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jimgysin - LibraryThing
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