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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That frank, jovial red face bore then a look of shifty cunning. Ashenden strolled
along till he found a tavern where he could have his coffee in the open and to
compensate himself for the bottle of beer that his sense of duty had urged him to
there was always the chance that Caypor had made the slip on purpose to see by
Ashenden's face whether he noticed anything. Caypor got up. “There is my wife.
We go for a walk up one of the mountains every afternoon. I can tell you some ...
In his cold and uninteresting way he was really a very handsome fellow. His neat
grey hair was parted on one side, his pale face was clean-shaven, he had a
delicate, straight nose and grey eyes under grey eyebrows, his mouth in youth
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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