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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She went out and Ashenden was left alone. He sat by the bedside and again his
eyes met Miss King's. It was embarrassing to encounter that unshrinking stare. “
Don't worry yourself, Miss King. You've had a slight stroke. I'm sure your speech ...
I'm sure you want to go down to Cook's,” he said. “Thank you. That is very
amiable of you.” When a little later he went there himself he found her standing in
the middle of the office. Her face was distraught. She addressed him wildly.
“We must be quite sure that we're doing the right thing,” she said. “I should never
forgive myself if I'd allowed Vladimir to commit suicide and then found I'd made a
mistake. I think we ought to make sure that we really love one another.
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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