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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It starts a story at haphazard, generally long before the beginning, rambles on
inconsequently and tails off, leaving loose ends hanging about, without a
conclusion. It works up to an interesting situation, and then leaves it in the air to
follow an ...
“Well, I shall leave you now, I hope you will have a sleep. I will fetch you in the
morning when we arrive at Thonon.” The second detective had now returned
from his dinner and as Ashenden came out of the carriage the two men went in.
... as though you were in your own house and you are free to go out and come in
when you choose. I should like an assurance from you that you will not write any
letters without my knowledge or attempt to leave Thonon without my permission.
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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