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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The Mexican proposed that they should walk and in that quarter, at that hour,
there would have been little chance of finding a cab; but the sky was starry. It was
a summer night and the air was still. The silence walked beside them like the
Ashenden waited in the hall for a quarter of an hour so that there should appear
in him no sign of hurry. Then he went upstairs and prepared various
communications. In one he informed R. that Caypor was going to England; in
another he ...
Ashenden thought of her sitting there hour after hour with that hideous fear
gnawing at her heart. Who could help feeling sorry for her? The time hung heavy
on his hands too. He read a good deal and wrote a little, he hired a canoe and
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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