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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He beckoned to Ashenden and slipped into the passage. When Ashenden had
followed him he stopped and locked the door, put the key in his pocket and
walked with Ashenden to his room. When they were inside it 9I THE GREEK.
Caypor stopped and Ashenden felt that his eyes were turned in his direction. Mrs.
Caypor had noticed the arrival of a stranger and had drawn her husband's
attention to it. Ashenden turned the page of the book he was pretending to read,
“An old fat woman was lying right on top of me and when I wriggled to get out
Delilah caught me a clip on the side of the head and said, stop still, you fool. I don
't like your Russian ways, Delilah.” “Anyhow you stopped still,” she giggled.
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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