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 since you ask me, Colonel, I don't mind telling you that I got into conversation
on the train with a little woman who was coming to Lyons to see ... I can tell you
many stories that will interest you; I am sure that we shall get on well together.
I tried to enlist the day war broke out, but they wouldn't have me on account of my
age, but I don't mind telling you, if the war goes on much ... “I'm sure you wouldn't
tell me anything that anyone shouldn't know, but after all these Swiss are ...
viously of an excitable turn broke in and explained in voluble English that these
seats had been booked by the Consuls of Great Britian and the United States
respectively, and though he didn't know about the King of England, he could tell ...
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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