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 pretext that he was writing a book he could without attracting attention
visit any neutral country. It was while they were discussing this point that R. said: “
You know you ought to get material that would be very useful to you in your work.
She was a German and they were obliged on that account to live in a neutral
country. Ashenden took care to show little curiosity about them—he recognized in
the description Grantley Caypor—but of her own accord she told him that they ...
... I was connected with some very important papers, and my editors weren't quite
comfortable about it. Well, to cut a long story short I thought the most dignified
course was to resign and come to a neutral country till the storm blew over. My
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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