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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IX WHEN Ashenden, given charge of a number Gustav of spies working from
Switzerland, was first sent there, R., wishing him to see the sort of reports that he
would be required to obtain, handed him the communications, a sheaf of
Gustav kept his eyes, smiling behind the glasses, fixed watchfully on Ashenden
and it was possible that they held a trace of nervousness. “You must have
travelled quickly to get here only a few hours after your letter, sent here and then
sent on ...
He was kept waiting for hours in antechambers and then sent away without
ceremony. When at last he saw the great men he found they had nothing to give
him but idle words. They made him promises and in a day or two he discovered
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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