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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In the course of his manipulations he had thrown out all the cards in the pack but
four and these now lay in front of him face downwards and side by side. He
touched them one by one but did not turn them up. “There is fate,” he said, “and
The Hairless Mexican walked as though he knew his way through the deserted
streets and Ashenden walked by his side. At last they came to a tavern in a blind
alley, noisome and evil, and this the Mexican entered. “It's not the Ritz,” he said, ...
And how could such unreconcilable elements exist side by side and in harmony
within the same heart? For one thing was clear, Caypor was disturbed by no
gnawing of conscience; he did his mean and despicable work with gusto. He was
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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