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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She slipped the note into his hand when he was given change for ten francs and
he sauntered away. His only moment of risk was when he walked back to his
hotel with the paper in his pocket, and after this scare he made up his mind to ...
It appears that his friends are organizing a show and he wants to be as near at
hand as possible so that he can hop over to Mexico when things are ripe. He
needs cash. I've brought money down with me, in American dollars, and I shall
give it ...
They were walking hand in hand. “So this is what has kept you so quiet,” said
Caypor as his eyes fell on the view. “What a spot!” Mrs. Caypor clasped her
hands. “Ach Gott, wie schön!” she cried. “Wie schön. When I look at that blue lake
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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