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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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. Giulia Lazzari huddled back into her corner. Ashenden gave the
Next morning she looked dreadful; she could not have closed her eyes all night;
and in the middle of the lesson she started up from her chair. “You must excuse
me, Herr Somerville, I cannot give you a lesson to-day. I am not feeling well.
“Is it possible that your sense of humour is a little deficient this morning?” she
asked. “I eat scrambled eggs every day. It's the only way I like them.” “Oh, very
well. In that case of course we'll have scrambled eggs.” But the following morning
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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
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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