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 game played now was contract, with which he was not very familiar, and the
stakes were high; but the game was obviously but a pretext and Ashenden had
no notion what other game was being played under the rose. It might be that ...
... for someone to give him conversation-lessons in German so that he might rub
up his rusty knowledge of the language; and as he spoke a notion flashed across
his mind: he gave Caypor a look and saw that the same notion had come to him.
He knew they said it more in jest than in earnest, but the notion vaguely tickled
him. But these were only dreams and he knew that nothing would come of them.
He never really chaffered with the thought that when the three months came to an
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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