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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What balderdash was this the detective was talking to him (boom, boom, he
heard the big drum as the giant lumbered on the scene), and why on earth
should the chief of police send to him to find out if his beauty sleep had been
disturbed by ...
He had often heard people tell him that he possessed character and he reflected
that people judge hastily in the affairs of life because they judge on insufficient
evidence: they had never seen him in a hot, but diminishingly hot, bath. His mind
abstracted his mind from the fact that his bath was growing almost tepid, when he
heard a knock at the door. Since he did not want anyone to enter, he had the
presence of mind not to say come in, but the knocking was repeated. “Who is it?
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kristykay22 - LibraryThing
This is a compelling, although rather chilly, collection of loosely connected short stories following the intelligence work of Ashenden, a writer turned spy for the British government during World War ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - lamour - LibraryThing
This is volume three of Maugham's collected short stories. In this volume he has placed his stories that have the same protagonist, Ashendan, who is recruited to move to Switzerland where he will be a ... Read full review