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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In one word she was adorable. I asked her why she had treated me so casually
and she laughed in my face. I laid myself out to be agreeable. I exercised all my
skill. I surpassed myself. But when we finished dinner she rose from her seat and
“You gave me your word that you would neither attempt to escape nor write a
letter without my knowledge.” “Did you think I would keep my word?” she cried,
her voice ringing with scorn. “No. To tell you the truth it was not entirely for your ...
Ashenden could catch of the maid's reply but the one word länder. One or two
people finished their dinner and went out picking their teeth. The old Irish colonel
and his old wife rose from their table and he stood aside to let her pass. They had
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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