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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If the person asks him to take another letter he is to say that it is not much good as
she is packing her trunk and leaving Thonon.” He saw the letter handed over and
the instructions given and then walked back to his little house in the country.
But he had to get in touch with influential persons in all classes. ... But there was
another person on whom Ashenden had fixed as possibly useful to him and now
he said: “Have you ever heard of a woman called Anastasia Alexandrovna ...
tasia Alexandrovna, it was too much of a mouthful; so he called her Delilah. And
now she placed her inexhaustible energy at his service and they went together to
the persons who might be useful to him. But things were coming to a head.
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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