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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But if Chandra came he could easily be detained; there was no great hurry since
the train in which he was to be taken to Paris did not start till shortly after eight.
When Ashenden had finished his business he strolled leisurely down to the lake.
... the watermark, (he had no reason for doing this except that the sleuths of
detective novels, always did it,) then struck a match and watched it burn. He
scrunched up the charred fragments in his hand. He got up, for he had taken
advantage of ...
“How can I talk when your attention is taken up by whether you are going to get a
black seven to put on a red eight? Conversation calls forth the highest powers of
the intellect and if you have made a study of it you have the right to expect that ...
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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