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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The night-porter will tell them when they arrive and then they can please
themselves. She does not want them. When the night-porter fetched me and I
went into her room I asked where his highness was and she cried with all her
strength: no, ...
I shall give the night-porter orders to wake me when everything is over.
Fortunately the nights are long now and if everything goes well we may be able
to get the body away before it is light.” Ashenden went back into the room and
Of course there was the Villa, the great leafy garden facing the bay in which stood
the aquarium; that was deserted at night and very dark; things happened there
that did not bear the light of day and prudent persons after dusk avoided its ...
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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