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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In the course of his manipulations he had thrown out all the cards in the pack but
four and these now lay in front of him face downwards and side by side . He
touched them one by one but did not turn them up . “ There is fate , ” he said , "
And how could such unreconcilable elements exist side by side and in harmony
within the same heart ? For one thing was clear , Caypor was disturbed by no
gnawing of conscience ; he did his mean and despicable work with gusto . He
... but they walked side by side . Ashenden made acquaintance with some of his
fellowtravellers and sometimes they came into the compartment to have a chat ,
but if they only spoke French or German Mr . Harrington would watch them with ...
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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