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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He sat by the bedside and again his eyes met Miss King's . It was embarrassing
to encounter that unshrinking stare . “ Don't worry yourself , Miss King . You've
had a slight stroke . I'm sure your speech will come back to you in a minute .
Once more his eyes were held by those other eyes in which was all that
remained alive of that old , old woman . He felt certain that she had something
that she wanted urgently to say to him . But what was it ? What was it ? Perhaps
she had ...
Sir Herbert maintained his steady gaze , but Ashenden was surprised to see on a
sudden in the steely eyes a little smile . The bleak , supercilious face became for
an instant quite attractive . “ There is another little bit of information that perhaps ...
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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
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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