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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All I could induce her to do was to consent to dine with me the following night on
the same terms. “You will think I was a fool, I was the happiest man alive; for
seven days I paid her a thousand silver duros to dine with me. Every evening I
“I've asked the lady if she will dine in the restaurantcar, but she prefers to have
dinner in the carriage, so I've ordered a basket. Is that quite correct?” “Quite,” said
Ashenden. “My companion and I will go into the diner in turn so that she will not ...
“'Then won't you come and dine with me to-morrow night?'. “'Justement, I have an
engagement to-morrow night. I'm sorry.' “There was nothing more to say. He had
not the nerve to ask her to anything else and so bade her goodnight and went.
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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