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 lives of all of us were in her hands and I knew that if she left that room in
twenty-four hours we should be dead men. 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 ...
Ashenden knew in Lucerne a Swiss who was willing on emergency to do odd
jobs and, looking him up, asked him to take a letter to Berne. It might be possible
to pick up Caypor and trace his movements. Next day Caypor appeared once
He knew they said it more in jest than in earnest, but the notion vaguely tickled
him. But these were only dreams and he knew that nothing would come of them.
He never really chaffered with the thought that when the three months came to an
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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