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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Ashenden, thinking it would be affectation to protest, let the gesture pass, but felt
bound to remonstrate with his chief on the unseemly manner in which he held the
bottle. “In my youth I was always taught that you should take a woman by the ...
Considerable sums of money have passed through his hands and there has
never been any question as to his not having made a proper (!) use of them. He
has undoubted courage and is a hard worker. He is said to pride himself on
The old Irish colonel and his old wife rose from their table and he stood aside to
let her pass. They had eaten ... 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 ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kristykay22 - LibraryThing
This is a compelling, although rather chilly, collection of loosely connected short stories following the intelligence work of Ashenden, a writer turned spy for the British government during World War ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - lamour - LibraryThing
This is volume three of Maugham's collected short stories. In this volume he has placed his stories that have the same protagonist, Ashendan, who is recruited to move to Switzerland where he will be a ... Read full review