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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Ashenden opened the door and stepped out. The passage was dimly lit. It
exasperated him to feel so nervous when he could not but be aware that his
companion was perfectly at ease. When they reached the door the Hairless
Pay no attention to my letters. Danger. I love you. Sweetheart. Don't come.” He
put it in his pocket, gave the boatman fifty francs, and went home to bed. But the
next day when he went to see Giulia Lazzari he found her door locked. He
Suddenly his door was burst open and Anastasia Alexandrovna flung into the
room. She had lost her hat and was dishevelled. She was panting. Her eyes were
starting out of her head and she was obviously in a state of great excitement.
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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