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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... closed and Ashenden passed only an occasional pedestrian who sidled along
, scrunched up , as though he fled from the blind wrath of the unknown . You had
a feeling in that black and bitter night that civilization , ashamed of its artificiality ...
In a minute the colonel with his old , old gait came to the door and opened it ; she
passed out and he followed . The little incident offered a key to their whole lives ,
and from it Ashenden began to reconstruct their histories , circumstances and ...
He mentioned in passing a character in one of Ashenden ' s novels , but did not
make any other reference to the fact that his guest was a writer . Ashenden
admired his urbanity . He disliked people to talk to him of his books , in which
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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