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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meet the leering eyes, just ready to break into a smile, that sought his
insinuatingly. The wizened pianist strummed a tune and several couples got up
and began to dance. Since there were not enough men to go round some of the
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 gave Anastasia Alexandrovna a little smile and for the first time Ashenden
noticed how attractive and kindly his smile was. There was something peculiarly
disarming about it. “If the Bolsheviks are after you, Delilah, don't you think you'd ...
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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