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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When the night-porter fetched me and I went into her room I asked where his
highness was and she cried with all her strength: no, no.” “She could talk then?” “
Yes, after a fashion, but the thing that surprised me was that she spoke in English
He stuffed huge pieces of bread into his mouth. He ordered another bottle of wine
. “Wine?” he cried scornfully. “Wine is not a drink, only champagne; it does not
even quench your thirst. Well, amigo, are you feeling better?” “I'm bound to say I ...
“Rather roughl” cried Mr. Harrington. “There was an old ... She burst out
screaming and crying, I don't know what she was saying, but I can guess, and the
other soldier took his gun and with the butt-end of it hit her over the head. Isn't
that right, ...
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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