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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Love and a dark woman, danger, betrayal and death. It was as plain as the nose
on your face. Any fool would have known what it meant and I have been using
the cards all my life. There is hardly an action that I make without consulting them.
But he was intrigued to discover, what he had not known before, that there was
someone in Geneva part of whose duties at all events was to keep an eye on him
. There was evidently someone who had orders to see that he did not neglect his
He is not known to have anything to do with women. He neither drinks nor
smokes. He is said to be honest. Considerable sums of money have passed
through his hands and there has never been any question as to his not having
made a ...
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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