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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I told her to have her there next evening and not to let her go till I came. But I was
delayed and when I arrived La Marqueza told me that the girl had said she was
not used to being kept waiting and had gone. I am a good-natured fellow and I do
Caypor addressing her in English told her in his jovial way, as though she did not
know it already, what Ashenden had told him about himself. She listened grimly. “
I think you told me you understood German,” said Caypor, his big red face ...
Mr. Harrington thought her a very remarkable and deeply wronged woman; he
told her all about his wife and his two sons, he told her all about the Constitution
of the United States; she on her side told him all about Vladimir Semenovich, and
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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