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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The spy shrugged his shoulders, and Ashenden, though not knowing in the least
what was the result of their conversation, felt that it behoved him to walk out with
dignity. He did so. And now as he carefully put one foot into the bath, wondering ...
He shrugged his shoulders. “The Colonel said you were a writer. What do you
write?” “Stories,” replied Ashenden. “Detective stories?” “No.” “Why not? They are
the only ones I read. If I were a writer I should write detective stories.” “They are ...
It is war.” “What a stupid war!” “It will give my country freedom.” “What will your
country do with it when it gets it?” Herbartus did not answer. He shrugged his
shoulders. “I warn you that if you do not take this 247 THE FLIP OF A COIN.
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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
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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