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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Ashenden gave him one and on this the Colonel scribbled in pencil the name of
a street and the number of a house. When Ashenden walked along next morning
to keep his appointment he found himself in a street of rather vulgar red-brick ...
At the end of dinner (and they sat over their coffee and brandy till late) they went
out into the street and Yvonne proposed that he should take Alix home. He said
he would be delighted. Alix said it was not far and they walked. She told him that
... that was Russia and Mr. Harrington said he preferred coloured people. I'd led
him by side streets because I thought it was better, and we started to come back
again. We passed at the top of a street and at the bottom of it I saw a little crowd.
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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