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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gown and slipped a dress over her head. She forced her feet into shoes
obviously too small for her. She arranged her hair. Every now and then she gave
the detectives a hurried, sullen glance. Ashenden wondered if she would have
the nerve ...
But things were coming to a head. Riots broke out and the streets were growing
dangerous. Now and then armoured cars filled with discontented reservists
careered wildly along the Nevsky Prospekt and in order to show that they were
They wouldn't dare touch a hair of my head.” “They'd have difficulty in finding one,
” said Anastasia Alexandrovna, who when she was in a temper had no manners.
“But if you think Russian soldiers are going to hesitate to kill you because ...
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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