Title: Ashenden: or, The British Agent Author: Maugham, W. Somerset [William Somerset] () Date of first publication: Buy Ashenden, or, The British Agent New Ed by William Somerset Maugham ( ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free . Ashenden was written by Somerset Maugham and published in It was loosely based on Somerset Maugham’s experiences as an MI6 agent during World.

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Ashenden, or The British Agent is not a novel: He’s very keen on getting back to Cuba. He entered with his pass-key and found Miss King lying on the floor.

Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham

His desire for a more interesting life than he’s had leads him to accept spymaster Somersey. If we were going to be together longer I would teach you how to win at cards.

Slower and more reflective. The train started and soon Ashenden again fell somrset. Or the British Agent is the first spy novel written by someone who actually worked for an intelligence agency. John Ashendon is on the mend from a bout of TB tuberculosis and has been refused employment by the armed services. But when the doctor came he insisted. He took pains to be extremely civil to Ashenden. I am much obliged to you. I always think that a fine set of teeth are somerseet adornment to somersdt man.

Soon after midnight, a rubber having been finished, the Prince rose from the table. Although this world is the polar opposite of James Bond, the stakes are still high imprisonment or death a real possibilityand on a couple of memorable occasions he witnesses first hand the outcome of his work. Short story collections by W. You will give the Hairless Mexican the notes in return for the documents that Andreadi is bringing.

Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham (1928)

He wondered if she ever read. What do you think about the roots of spy novels, in this and The Riddle of the Sands, Madonna of the Sleeping cars, Mask of Demetrious? The book is certainly not ‘exciting’ in the way that we have come to expect ashensen the thriller genre. When he meets his boss, R.


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But nothing is so foolish as to ascribe profundity to what on the surface is merely inept; it is a pitfall into maygham many an ingenuous reviewer has fallen headlong. This story is all about the companion fate throws him in with on the train journey, an insufferable American named Harrington.

Ashenden: Or the British Agent – Wikipedia

You know, she hated the English. I like Keats and Wordsworth and Verlaine and Goethe. The spy shrugged his shoulders, and Ashenden, though not knowing in the least what was the result of their conversation, felt that it behoved him to walk out with dignity.

Anyhow I cannot send all over Geneva to find him. A page-boy was waiting with a note. I asked her why she had treated me so casually and she laughed in my face. It is evident that as your rooms look on the lake and the revellers pass your windows, if ashencen noise is serious, you must have heard it. This is a list of the novels, short story collections, and the five plays in the Pan Selected Plays volume. He had begged Ashenden not to insist on opening a window, for he said the night air was dangerous.

Retrieved from ” https: Was that one of your men? Overall, an interesting delve into the life of a spy and the effect that maigham work had on the literary world. After meals she went straight upstairs and was never seen in the public sitting-rooms. The material it offers for stories is scrappy and pointless; the author has himself to make it coherent, dramatic and probable.


It is dated, but still the eloquence is lovely to hear audiobook again. He rang the bell and the door was opened by a non-commissioned officer so promptly that he was startled. I will treat you like a king. Jan 03, Val rated it it was amazing Shelves: After the book’s publication, Maugham never again made his home in England.

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Ashenden is a thinly disguised memoire of Maugham’s own period in wartime secret service work. Knowing that Ashenden inspired the creation of fictional spies such ashfnden James Bond is an added bonus, even though Ashenden and Bond could not be more different as What a gem this is!

He talked a little too loud in order to show that he was at his ease and made himself somewhat unnecessarily at home. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This involves an Indian nationalist, Chandra Lal, who is trying to foment revolution in India. She was a tiny old woman, just a few little bones in somersst bag of wrinkled skin, and her face was deeply furrowed.

Maugham also wrote countless articles and reviews, quite a few travel books, two books of reminiscence, as well as some 25 successful stage plays and editing numerous anthologies. He was a tall, thin fellow, in well-cut clothes, with a close-cropped Prussian head, and that peculiar bend of the body as though he were just about to bow to a royalty that you feel, rather than see, in those who have spent their lives about a court.