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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Once Ashenden had seen him in the old quarter of the city, with its silent houses
and deserted streets, talking at a corner to a man whose appearance very much
suggested the spy and he would have given a great deal to hear what they said ...
He asked Ashenden whether he played cartó and when Ashenden told him that
he did not suggested piquet. This was a game that Ashenden was not unfamiliar
with so they settled the stakes and began. Since both were in favour of quick ...
It was soon clear that he was pleased with Dr. Egon Orth and so without further to
do he suggested that here was the perfect interpreter for him. “He talks Russian
like a Russian. But he's an American citizen so that he won't do you down.
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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