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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As they passed the desk, walking softly in order not to wake him, Ashenden
noticed in the pigeon-hole belonging to ... The Hairless Mexican walked as
though he knew his way through the deserted streets and Ashenden walked by
Ashenden, having given his bags to a porter, walked along the platform to where
Giulia Lazzari and the two detectives were standing. Ashenden nodded to them. “
Well, good morning. You need not trouble to wait.” They touched their hats, ...
“There was an old woman walking along the side-walk with a basket of
provisions on her arm. Two soldiers came up behind her and one of them
snatched the basket from her and walked off with it. She burst out screaming and
crying, I don't ...
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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