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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I am a good-natured fellow and I do not mind if women are capricious and
teasing, that is part of their charm, so with a laugh I ... I took off the diamond ring I
was wearing and told the old woman to give her that and see whether it would
to, ammunition to get, orders to give; I was so besotted over this woman that I
could attend to nothing. “You would have thought that I should be angry with her
for making such a fool of me, me who had never known what it was not to gratify
His infatuation had not blinded him to the fact that she was an extremely
intelligent woman. After dinner he told Mr. Harrington that he wished to talk
business with Anastasia Alexandrovna and took her to a retired corner of the
lounge. He told ...
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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