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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It starts a story at haphazard, generally long before the beginning, rambles on
inconsequently and tails off, leaving loose ends hanging about, without a
conclusion. It works up to an interesting situation, and then leaves it in the air to
follow an ...
Now this is one way like another of writing stories and some very good stories
have been written on it. Chekov used it with mastery. It is more suitable for the
very short story than for the longer one. The description of a mood can hold your
He leaned back and rolled himself a cigarette. He inhaled a long breathful of
smoke. He shrugged his shoulders. “The Colonel said you were a writer. What do
you write?” “Stories,” replied Ashenden. “Detective stories?” “No.” “Why not?
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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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jimgysin - LibraryThing
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