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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At that time the Central Powers were doing their best to foment such an agitation in India as would make it necessary for Great Britain to keep their troops in the country and perhaps send others from France. However, having said this, the chapter where Ashenden recalls a past love affair of his own ‘Love and Russian Literature’ is probably the weakest section of the book. Another great thing about this book is that it does not contain many of the content issues that people have with James Bond and many of the other action stories.

He saw that the two persons who were to make the four had already arrived.

The flipside of the story. His self-satisfaction was enormous but so ingenuous that you could not resent it; his conceit was so childlike that you could only smile at it. The detective looked at it carefully and passed it on to his colleague.

When Ashenden, having warmly shaken their hands, closed the door behind the pair he heaved a great sigh of relief. Maugham tells a good tale full of emotion, character and atmosphere. He wore a ashneden with a large diamond in his shirt-front and the tarboosh of his country. Then he saw the Hairless Mexican, followed by two porters with his luggage and accompanied by a man in a bowler-hat, walk leisurely on to the platform.

Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham, from Project Gutenberg Canada

You’d better carry it on your person. He was a little fat man with a heavy black moustache.

Ashenden asked himself whether this event had anything to do with the unusual presence in the dining-room of Prince Ali. The blind soldier, a big, vigorous fellow, was quite young. He sipped his brandy and R. It behoved him to be prudent only a fortnight ago his colleague at Lausanne had been sentenced to a term of imprisonmentbut it would be foolish to be alarmed: When the night-porter fetched me and I went into her room I asked where his highness was and she cried with all her strength: It is very well to have the element of surprise, and this punch, this unexpected twist, which the imitators of Chekov despise, is only bad when it is badly done; when it is an integral part of the story and its logical issue it is excellent.

It is a very disagreeable thing to have anyone die in a hotel. Two sailors tramped past him heavily, their heads bent down to save themselves from the sleet that blew in their faces, and one of them shouted to him: He went out with his secretary.

She had sent for him knowing who he was because he could make use of it. Ashenden does not revel in the successful ones; the way the stories are told always recognises that there is a cost.

Ashenden: Or the British Agent – Wikipedia

Multilingual and knowledgeable about many European countries, he was dispatched by the Secret Service to Lucerne – under the guise of completing a play. Yes, I’ve seen multiple mentions online of there originally being ashdnden stories, but Churchill insisted 14 be burned as they breached the Official Secrets Act.

It was while they were discussing this point that R. He entered with his pass-key ghe found Miss King lying on the floor. Peters This book consists of a handful of interconnected short stories about a British intelligence officer, Ashenden. In two or three minutes the steamer was made fast and Ashenden, muffled to the eyes, joined himself to the little knot of passengers that waited to step ashore.

Ashenden heard his bedroom-door open and getting out of the bath flung a towel round him and went in. As he walked past Count Holzminden, Ashenden feeling very gay hazarded the shadow of a wink. And the way Maugham tye his characters — each so bizarre or revolting and yet so warm-blooded — will fascinate you. He bbritish be very harsh and sexist at times this b Ashenden is a collection of short stories inspired by Maugham’s work as a spy during WWI.

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The different tales take you on a journey of the playwright only known as Ashenden Somerville it is insinuated that this is not his real name w This is a collection of short stories can be treated as a collection of short stories, except there are some repeated characters, so you can’t read them out of order relaying the fictionalised conquests of W.

He’s very keen on getting back to Cuba. When I get back to Mexico and am in possession of my estates again you must come and stay with me. No one was quite himself just then and patriotism in peace-time an attitude best left to politicians, publicists and fools, but in the dark days of war an emotion that can wring the heart-stringspatriotism made one do odd things.

Action, when it comes, is unexpected and feels as though taken from life. Il mio primo incontro con W.

The darkness swallowed him up and he stepped out briskly for his hotel. His spirits went up and he determined to brazen the thing out.

As Ashenden remarks, although his travel companion is a bore, it is impossible to not end up ashennden him. Does that suit you?

Do you know what a Swiss prison is like?