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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... of a class now extinct were like fifty years ago and the anecdote in Chekov's
stories is not as a rule absorbing enough (as the story of Paolo and Francesca or
of Macbeth is absorbing) to hold your attention apart from your interest PREFACE
beth is absorbing) to hold your attention apart from your interest in the people.
The method of which I speak is that which chooses from life what is curious,
telling and dramatic; it does not seek to copy life, but keeps to it closely enough
not to ...
“Yes, I was for some time a student in Heidelberg.” “Really?” said Mrs. Caypor in
English, an expression of faint interest for a moment chasing away the sullenness
from her face. “I know Heidelberg very well. I was at school there for one year.
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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