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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She was of course of a different class from the baroness and hunted much easier
game. But Ashenden was surprised to catch sight of Count von Holzminden and
wondered what on earth he was doing there. This was the German agent in ...
“Of course. He's declared war and he must take his chance. I shall carry out your
instructions, that's what I'm here for, but I see no harm in realizing that there's
something to be admired and respected in him.” R. was once more the cool and ...
In that case of course we'll have scrambled eggs.” But the following morning he
could not face them. h “Will you have scrambled eggs as usual?” he asked er. “Of
course,” she smiled affectionately, showing him two rows of large square teeth.
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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