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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How many of those short Eastern lives must have run their course under her eyes
and what dark secrets must she have known Ashenden wondered where she
came from; an exile from her own country for so long, she must possess in it ...
Ashenden was wondering where the truth in all this lay and R. wondered how
much of it he could advantageously tell him. “How did you get on to her?” “I
thought it odd that the Germans should allow her to dance quite quietly in Berlin
Ashenden wondered whether Caypor had felt a qualm when he delivered him up
to destruction. “I suppose you know a little German?” asked Caypor, interested in
the stranger. “Oh, yes, I was a student in Germany, and I used to talk it fluently, ...
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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