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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He asked her to marry him and was accepted. Her family was delighted. The
marriage was to take place in the autumn, since her father had to go on some
political errand to South America and was taking his wife and daughter with him.
In a little while he was going to be married. It was now or never. He went down to
Marseilles and met her as she stepped off the boat that had brought her from
Tunis. His heart leaped at the pleasure she showed on seeing him. He knew he ...
Until I came here I'd not been separated from her for more than three days since
we were married.” Anastasia Alexandrovna came back and told them that she
had found the address. “It's about forty minutes' walk from here and if you'll come
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - lamour - LibraryThing
This is volume three of Maugham's collected short stories. In this volume he has put his stories that have the same protagonist, Ashendan who is recruited to move to Switzerland where he will be a ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jimgysin - LibraryThing
It's easy to see why this one is considered an archetype of espionage fiction. The fact that the book was first published back in the late 1920s means that some of the dialogue and narrative will ... Read full review