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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... friend noticed that she had one feature that oddly enough he found very
attractive: she had a deep and husky voice as though she were just recovering
from a bad cold and, he didn't know why, it seemed to him exceedingly pleasant
to listen ...
Oh, he was so bored with the life he'd led hitherto, and this one seemed to him
amazing and romantic. This was reality. And that frousy, ugly woman with the
whisky voice, she had such a splendid vitality, such a zest for life that she
seemed to ...
She was longing to get back, the time seemed endless to her and he, he had a
secret wish that something would happen to delay her arrival. If he could only
have a little more time ! Perhaps if he had six months he would have got over his
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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