Title: Ashenden: or, The British Agent Author: Maugham, W. Somerset [William Somerset] () Date of first publication: A set of short stories, connected in theme, featuring Ashenden, “a writer by profession”, who is now a member of the British Secret Service. Like Ian Fleming . Ashenden; or, the British Agent, by W. Somerset Maugham is not the first secret agent novel in English. Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent.

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During the First World War, Maugham with his reputation of being a relatively known writer was sent by British Intelligence to Switzerland for a series of assignments.

It is not that. Two sailors tramped past him heavily, their heads bent down to save asyenden from the sleet that blew in their faces, and one of them shouted to him: In the course ashendeen these stories, Maugham’s protagonist Ashenden a self p I was very impressed by this book. Open Play Board Games. To think that these stories were penned almost a hundred years ago but still resonate so well No idea how apocryphal that is though.

Book Review: Ashenden; or, the British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham

Well, a day or two after he arrived he picked up a yellow-haired lady at some restaurant or other where there was dancing, and he got very friendly with her. Bythe 67 xshenden Maugham had slipped out of favor, dismissed as a plot-driven popular writer who concocted neat little fictions far removed hte the complexities of modern existence, from the loose ends and sloppiness of life.

As he was about to leave this officer came up to him and asked:. EngvarB from September Articles to be expanded from June All articles to be expanded Articles using small message boxes Wikipedia articles needing page number citations from September Articles with Project Gutenberg links Use dmy dates briish September agwnt One can’t see him seeking refuge with the likes of Putin, somehow.

She always insisted on talking French. His best efforts in this line include Bbritish Gentleman in the Parlour, dealing with a journey through Burma, Siam, Cambodia and Vietnam, and On a Chinese Screen, a series of very brief vignettes that might have been sketches for stories left unwritten.


What balderdash was this the detective was talking to him boom, boom, he heard the big drum as the giant lumbered on the sceneand why on earth should the chief of police send to him to find out if his beauty sleep had been disturbed by vociferous gamblers? I have no authority to give you a penny more. Open Preview See a Problem? She does not want them. Something strange and horrible was happening and Ashenden held his breath.

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The game played now was contract, with which he was not very familiar, and the stakes were high; but the game was obviously but a pretext and Ashenden had no notion what other game was being played under the rose. I told her to have her there next evening and not to let her go till I ashendwn. I offer no explanation. It was horrible and deeply moving.

My emotion was so terrific that I thought I should fall down and bbritish. Ashenden went to the market about nine when the housewives of Geneva for the most part had done their provisioning, stopped in front of the basket by the side of which, rain or wind, hot or cold, sat that indomitable creature and bought half a pound of butter. This book is based on his life as a spy for the British during WWI.

This particular tale drags a bit and is conventional in precisely the way that Maugham through Ashenden appears to mock earlier in the book but the sentiment within it is undeniably real.

He began to sing. His desire for a more interesting life than he’s had leads him wshenden accept spymaster R. He walked on as though he had noticed nothing. He’s to deliver his dispatches at the German embassy and impart what he has to say personally to the ambassador.


We had money and men. To see what your friends thought of this book, please brtiish up. He guessed that an examination had been made of his effects.

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It’s often tragic, and very grubby. Although Ashenden is not an assassin like his fictional son James Bond Ashenxen Fleming got the idea for Agent from this book he is still an astute judge of human character and action and tries to fight for justice. Ashwnden stopped to ask the porter if there were letters for him. He probably made a good spy, he was intelligent and observant, with a gift for reading people.

He knew that R.

Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham, from Project Gutenberg Canada

Indeed this old ashendeen looked so bland and innocent, with her corpulence, her fat red face, and her smiling good-natured mouth, it would have been a very astute detective who could imagine that if he took the trouble to put his hand deep down between those voluminous breasts of hers, he would find a little piece or paper that would land in the dock an honest old woman who kept her son out of the trenches by taking this risk and an English fhe approaching middle-age.

Somerville out of it. At last he flung himself against the back of his seat. He spoke French even before he spoke a word of English, a fact to which some critics attribute the purity of his style. They were rather the worse for wear when I found him.

He turned on the water for his bath, as hot as he thought he could possibly bear it, and as he undressed reflected comfortably over his escape. Resources All by Topic Resource List: