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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... were at the ticketoffice getting tickets for other trains than his and they counted
their change with exasperating care; his luggage took an interminable time to
register; and then if he was travelling with friends they would go to buy
If Chandra came and showed his passport, and it was very likely that he was
travelling with a false one, issued probably by a neutral nation, he was to be
asked to wait and Ashenden was to identify him. Then he would be arrested. It
was with ...
“For three months they travelled together from one dull provincial town to another,
sharing a filthy little bedroom in frousy hotels; Alix would not let him take her to
good hotels, she said she had not the clothes for them and she was more ...
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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