Ashenden; Or, The British Agent
Based on the author's experience in the Intelligence Department during the First World War. All stories feature Ashenden, a writer by profession, drawn into the events of war through the undercover intelligence.
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... gestures brought before the mind ' s eye tawny distances and vast green
plantations , great herds of cattle and in the moonlit night the song of the blind
singers that melted in the air and the twanging of guitars . " Everything I lost ,
I daresay she ' s better when she ' s made up and that kind of thing . I talked to her
like a Dutch uncle . I put the fear of God into her . I told her she ' d get ten years . I
think I scared her , I know I tried to . Of course she denied everything , but the ...
I have told him to do what he likes so long as he comes and tells me everything
that is of importance . " " Are you sure you can trust him ? " asked Ashenden . " Oh
, quite . He knows nothing , of course , but that she is under surveillance .
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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