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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... accent: “I don't wish to make acquaintance with strangers.” She turned her back
on him and next time he saw her, cut him dead. She was a tiny old woman, just a
few little bones in a bag of wrinkled skin, and her face was deeply furrowed.
There is only one thing I wish to make quite plain; Mr. Somerville understands of
course that I have not accepted the mission with which you have entrusted me on
account of the money?” 58 ASHENDEN OR THE BRITISH AGENT.
She was longing to get back, the time seemed endless to her and he, he had a
secret wish that something would happen to delay her arrival. If he could only
have a little more time ! Perhaps if he had six months he would have got over his
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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