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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“I don't know that I'd go quite so far as that. He hasn't had the advantages of a
public-school education. His ideas of playing the game are not quite the same as
yours or mine. I don't know that I'd leave a gold cigarette-case about when he
I tried to enlist the day war broke out, but they wouldn't have me on account of my
age, but I don't mind telling you, if the war goes on much longer, wife or no wife, I'
m going to do something. With my knowledge of languages I ought to be of ...
“Don't you think that's rather inconsiderate? Do you think it's fair to give the cook
unnecessary work? You English, you're all the same, you look upon servants as
machines. Does it occur to you that they have hearts like yours, the same feelings
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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