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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Any fool would have known what it meant and I have been using the cards all my
life . There is hardly an action that I make without consulting them . There are no
excuses . I was besotted . Ah , you of the Northern races do not know what love ...
You will think I was a fool , I was the happiest man alive ; for seven days I paid
her a thousand silver duros to dine with me . Every evening I waited for her with
my heart in my mouth , as nervous as a novillero at his first bull - fight , and every
Did you think I was such a fool as to risk my life for fifty pounds a month ? I love
my wife . ” Ashenden laughed outright . " I congratulate you . It is not everyone
who can flatter himself that he has made a fool of our secret service for a year .
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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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jimgysin - LibraryThing
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