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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Of course there was the Villa, the great leafy garden facing the bay in which stood
the aquarium; that was deserted at night and very dark; things happened there
that did not bear the light of day and prudent persons after dusk avoided its ...
It was one of his notions that only such persons were as had no resources in
themselves and it was but the stupid that depended on the outside world for their
amusement. Ashenden had no illusions about himself and such success in
But he had to get in touch with influential persons in all classes. Mr. Harrington
with his business proposition and his letters to Ministers of State would be thrown
in contact with members of the Government and Mr. Harrington wanted an ...
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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