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 thought again how he had had the impression that something of real
consequence was being prepared round about him. It was curious that
Holzminden should have come to the hotel that day; and why had Prince Ali and
the Pasha ...
Since there were not enough men to go round some of the women danced
together. The General ordered two plates of spaghetti and a bottle of Capri wine.
When the wine was brought he drank a glassful greedily and then waiting for the
They walked down the road, Fritzi bounding round them, and Ashenden saw that
Caypor immediately began to speak with volubility. He was evidently telling his
wife the results of his interview with Ashenden. Ashenden looked at the sun ...
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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