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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“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 ...
“I want you to write another letter to Chandra.” “My head is in a whirl. I could not
put two phrases together. You must give me time.” But Ashenden felt that it was
better to get her to write a letter while she was under the effect of her terror. He
“You English, you cannot paint, you cannot model, you cannot write music.” “
Some of us can at times write pleasing verses,” said Ashenden, with good
humour, for it was not his business to be put out, and, he did not know why, two
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kristykay22 - LibraryThing
This is a compelling, although rather chilly, collection of loosely connected short stories following the intelligence work of Ashenden, a writer turned spy for the British government during World War ... Read full review
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This is volume three of Maugham's collected short stories. In this volume he has placed his stories that have the same protagonist, Ashendan, who is recruited to move to Switzerland where he will be a ... Read full review