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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I think you had much better keep your own counsel. He is instructed to give you
the funds you need for your work, but your actions are your own affair. If you need
his advice of course you can ask for it.” “I seldom ask other people's advice and ...
“I shall not keep you long. Would you like to see a doctor?” “What good can a
doctor do me?” He took out of his pocket the letter she had given the boatman
and handed it to her. “What is the meaning of this?” he asked. She gave a gasp at
pointment that he was now hurrying to keep. “You will not be late, will you?”
Herbartus had said. “I shall not be able to catch the messenger after midnight.”
Ashenden had qualms and he was conscious that it would be a relief if on
reaching the ...
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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