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'm afraid I can't give it to you.” A scowl made the man's face even more
unpleasant to look at than it was before. “You've got to.” “What makes you think
that?” The spy leaned forward and, not raising his voice, but speaking so that
to, ammunition to get, orders to give; I was so besotted over this woman that I
could attend to nothing. “You would have thought that I should be angry with her
for making such a fool of me, me who had never known what it was not to gratify
“I shall be very pleased to give Mr. Somerville conversation lessons.” “I
congratulate you, Mr. Somerville,” said Caypor noisily. “You're in for a treat. When
will you start, to-morrow at eleven?” “That would suit me very well if it suits Mrs.
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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