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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Will you just see that there's nobody in the passage.” Ashenden opened the door
and looked out. He saw no one. The hotel in point of fact at that season was
nearly empty. There were few foreigners in Naples and trade was bad. “It's all
letters addressed there too. He went up to her. h ... is very amiable of you.” When
a little later he went there himself he found her standing in the middle of the office
. ... I am sure there is a letter for me, but these stupid people say there's nothing.
“There's no bread.” “I can't eat without bread,” said Mr. Harrington. “I'm afraid you'
ll have to. There's no bread, no butter, no sugar, no eggs, no potatoes. There's
fish and meat and green vegetables, and that's all.” Mr. Harrington's jaw dropped.
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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
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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