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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And I loved her, I loved her; oh, words cannot tell you the agony of desire that
burned my heart; love like that is no pleasure, it is pain, pain, but the exquisite
pain that transcends all pleasure. It is that heavenly anguish that the saints speak
It was the letter of a person not much used to expressing herself by means of pen
and ink, but it was well enough, and when towards the end, starting to say how
much she loved the man, she had been carried away and wrote with all her heart,
cold, logical mind of his, he knew it would be absurd to sacrifice everything for a
woman like Alix; he was ambitious, he wanted power; and besides, he could not
break the heart of that poor child who loved and trusted him. She wrote to him ...
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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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jimgysin - LibraryThing
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