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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“Good God, man, hurry up or we shall miss the train.” “I never miss a train. Have
you got good seats? The chef de gare has gone for the night; this is his assistant.”
The man in the bowler-hat took it off when Ashenden nodded to him. “But this is ...
Ashenden did not much look forward to ten days on a Russian train and in
Yokohama he had heard rumours that in one or two places bridges had been
blown up and the line cut. He was told that the soldiers, completely out of hand,
would rob ...
At one point of the journey it was announced that an attempt had been made to
blow up a bridge and that there were disturbances at the next station over the
river; it might be that the train would be stopped and the passengers turned adrift
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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