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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asked R. It was possible that a frown for an instant darkened the Mexican's brow
at the abrupt question that seemed a little contemptuously to brush to one side
his eloquent statement, but he gave no other sign of displeasure. Ashenden ...
“I can't go to prison,” she cried out suddenly, “I can't, I can't; I have such a short
time before me; he said ten years. Is it possible I could be sentenced to ten years
?” “If the Colonel told you so it is very possible.” “Oh, I know him. That cruel face.
... to him as casually as possible, “I've got a sportsman who's willing to
assassinate King B. for five thousand pounds.” King B. was the ruler of a Balkan
state which was on the verge through his influence of declaring war against the
Allies and it ...
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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