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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There is in fact a second theory that is just as plausible, and this is that fiction
should use life merely as raw material which it arranges in ingenious patterns.
You have a very good analogy in painting. The landscape painters of the
His mind, however, wandered back to his play, and telling himself jokes and
repartees that he knew by bitter experience would never look so neat on paper
nor sound so well on the stage as they did then, he abstracted his mind from the
was doing nothing, and though in fact, as it turned out, Caypor was going to
England it was due to no cleverness of his. He could take to himself no credit for
the result. And now he saw that he had been put in Lucerne, told how to describe
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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