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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On the house at which Ashenden had been asked to call there was a board up to
announce that it was for sale, the shutters were closed and there was no sign that
anyone lived in it. He rang the bell and the door was opened by a ...
But she did not look stupid; she looked on the contrary a woman of character and
Ashenden, who had lived enough in Germany to recognize the type, was ready to
believe that though capable of doing the housework, cooking the dinner and ...
... to tell us where she lived we drove her home. She was bleeding dreadfully and
we had some difficulty in staunching the blood.” Anastasia Alexandrovna gave Mr
. Harrington an odd look and to his surprise Ashenden saw him turn scarlet.
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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