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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“Have you your passport on you?” “Yes. In these war-times I think a foreigner is
wise always to keep his passport on him.” “Very wise.” Ashenden handed the
man the nice new passport gave no information about his movements other than
“Of course she hadn't a passport, so permission to embark was denied her.” “How
did she explain that she had no passport?” “She said she'd forgotten it. She said
she had an appointment to see friends in Evian and tried to persuade the ...
“Let me look at your passport a minute,” said Ashenden. “What do you want with
my passport?” “I want to see when you went into Germany and when you came
out.” “But you do not imagine that my comings and goings are marked on my ...
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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