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 looked through the cards, set some of them on one side on a system
Ashenden did not understand, shuffled the remainder and once more put them in
little piles. “The cards warned me, I will never deny that, their warning was clear
I devised a murder story once, but the murder was so ingenious that I could never
find a way of bringing it home to the murderer, and after all, one of the
conventions of the detective story is that the mystery should in the end be solved
and the ...
Once he went out of the way to pick one he saw a little distance from the path and
brought it back to his wife. He looked at it tenderly. “Isn't it lovely?” he cried, and
his shifty grey-green eyes for a moment were as candid as a child's. “It's like a ...
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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