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 she was so beautiful, I turned my face away when I drew the knife with all my
strength across her lovely throat. Without awaking she passed from sleep to
death.” He stopped and stared frowning at the four cards that still lay, their backs
Then he turned to the orderly. “I don't want to be disturbed.” The secretary, a sub-
lieutenant in the thirties, obviously a civilian with a temporary commission,
gathered up a mass of papers and left the room. As the orderly was following R.
She turned her face away and Ashenden saw that the heavy tears were coursing
down her cheeks. He was much moved. For he had a soft heart and it was
dreadful to think of poor Vladimir lying there with a bullet in his brain. These
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kristykay22 - LibraryThing
This is a compelling, although rather chilly, collection of loosely connected short stories following the intelligence work of Ashenden, a writer turned spy for the British government during World War ... Read full review
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This is volume three of Maugham's collected short stories. In this volume he has placed his stories that have the same protagonist, Ashendan, who is recruited to move to Switzerland where he will be a ... Read full review