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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Once Ashenden had seen him in the old quarter of the city, with its silent houses
and deserted streets, talking at a corner to a man whose appearance very much
suggested the spy and he would have given a great deal to hear what they said ...
Ashenden was told that Miss King had not been to England since she was first
engaged as governess of the prince's mother and he could not but be amazed to
think of all she must have seen during those long years in the harems of Cairo.
“Have you ever seen the woman?” he asked. “I dined with her and Byring at
Larue's.” “How very interesting. What is she like?” “Charming.” Ashenden tried to
describe her to his host, but meanwhile with another part of his mind he
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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