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 Hairless Mexican opened the drawers and the cupboard. There was no
carpet on the floor. He looked under the bed, in it, and under the mattress. His
dark eyes shot up and down the room, looking for a hiding-place, and Ashenden
He went over to the big table and opened a dispatch-case that lay upon it. He
took out a photograph and handed it to Ashenden. “That's him.” To Ashenden,
unused to Oriental faces, it looked like any of a hundred Indians that he had seen
In a minute the colonel with his old, old gait came to the door and opened it; she
passed out and he followed. The little incident offered a key to their whole lives,
and from it Ashenden began to reconstruct their histories, circumstances and ...
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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