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.” He felt ...
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 asked ...
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 - 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