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 was warm in the saloon and there were good lights to read by, but he thought it
better not to sit there in case some habitual traveller, recognizing him, wondered
why he made these constant journeys between Geneva in Switzerland and ...
William Somerset Maugham. in the direction of Geneva, but could see no lights,
and the sleet, turning into snow, prevented him from recognizing the landmarks.
Lake Leman, on fine days so trim and pretty, artificial like a piece of water in a ...
Then, putting out the light, he slowly opened the door and looked out. . He
beckoned to Ashenden and slipped into the passage. When Ashenden had
followed him he stopped and locked the door, put the key in his pocket and
walked with ...
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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