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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We've had information that a man called Constantine Andreadi is on his way from
Constantinople with certain documents that we want to get hold of. He's a Greek.
He's an agent of Enver Pasha and Enver has great confidence in him.
She called herself Rose Auburn, but what her real name was few knew. She had
gone to Paris originally as one of a troupe of dancers, called the Glad Girls, who
performed at the Moulin Rouge, but her astonishing beauty had soon caused ...
He called it a whisky voice. He told her what—Brown said about it and she gave
him a smile of her wide mouth and said it wasn't due to drink, it was due to
standing so much on her head. That was one of the inconveniences of her
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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