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 shall give the night-porter orders to wake me when everything is over.
Fortunately the nights are long now and if everything goes well we may be able
to get the body away before it is light.” Ashenden went back into the room and
implored her to do everything in the world to smooth the difficulties that prevented
her from crossing the frontier. He said that it was impossible for him to come,
impossible, there was a price on his head, and it would be madness for him to
I have told him to do what he likes so long as he comes and tells me everything
that is of importance.” “Are you sure you can trust him?” asked Ashenden. “Oh,
quite. He knows nothing, of course, but that she is under surveillance. You need ...
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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