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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Dinner was at seven, and, wishing to be in the diningroom before anyone else so
that he could take stock of his fellow-guests as they entered, he went down as
soon as he heard the bell. It was a very plain, stiff, whitewashed room, with chairs
He wore his dinner-jacket, the most difficult costume for a man to look well in, with
incredible distinction. “My wife has gone to a concert, but she'll come in later. She
wants to make your acquaintance. I haven't asked anybody else. I thought I ...
For Mr. Harrington was an after-dinner speaker and had read all the best books
on speaking in public. He knew exactly how to get on good terms with his
audience, just where to put in the serious words that touched their hearts, how to
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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