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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It would be as well to let the General have the number of his room so that he could come up if necessary without enquiring of the porter, and at the next stopping-place Ashenden got an envelope from the station-buffet and made him address it in his own writing to himself at the post-office in Brindisi.

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Ashenden was well aware that he would never know what happened then. His reasons for coming to Switzerland for a few days were plausible and there could apparently be no difficulty in his crossing the frontier on his return. Ashenden has the calm confident aloofness of the English gentleman who has had it drummed into him at public school, Oxbridge ashenddn then in the professions, that an English gentleman is the most superior being in the world.

It is basically a series of vignettes, with Ashenden involved in a number of incidents for the Secret Service. A Domiciliary Visit 19 pages Ashenden, now in Switzerland, hears the Germans are going to burgle the left luggage room at Zurich station to seize the trunk of an Indian diplomat.


He did not know whether he would be treated as a political prisoner or as a common criminal and he had a mind to ask Bernard whether in the latter case the only one Bernard was likely to know anything about he would be allowed writing materials. In Paris I was driven to earn a pittance by giving Spanish lessons or showing Americans— Americanos del NorteI mean—the night life of the city. District judge’s ruling that the National Security Agency went too far in its high-tech snooping, the Obama administration announced that it is reviewing the NSA’s activities.

This was certainly a disappointment. Aug 20, Wanda rated it liked it Shelves: He’s to deliver his dispatches at the German embassy and impart what he has to say personally to the ambassador. Even though it differs greatly from what you would expect of an Espionage novel I enjoyed it. I always think that a fine set of teeth are an adornment to a man. It was intensely hot. But if they were under the impression that they would get any information out of him that they had not already seen in the Swiss papers he had a notion that they were mistaken.

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Ashenden, of course, is effortlessly at ease. When the time drew near for the arrival of the train from Paris that was to take them direct to Rome and the Hairless Mexican did not appear Ashenden, beginning to grow a trifle anxious, went out on the platform to look for him.

Ashenden consists of a series of short stories, each one or two chapters long. When Ashenden refused he put the bottle once more to his lips and poured a considerable quantity of liquor down his throat.


We follow him through France, Switzerland, Italy and Russia, as he uncovers spy networks, accompanies agents to intercept certain documents, tries to trap Indian nationalists and is bored to death by an American businessman on the Trans-Siberian express. Just like Bond, he is a connoisseur of the high life, living in a de luxe hotel whose other guests are top diplomats, princes in exile etc, probably all spies.

I thought at the time it would make a damned good mzugham. In what manner you get them is no business of his. Dec 16, Tim Pendry rated it really liked it Shelves: He was capoted and rubiconed. He ought to have sent her back to her own country.


Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham (1928)

Phone tapping, searching records and general intrigue — these have been popular topics in literature and film for well nigh a century. I do not expect that we shall meet again so soon. You can help by adding to it. Spmerset mio primo incontro con W.

He intrigues the reader or makes one laugh. Some of them are more captivating than others and part of the fun for me was trying to guess which aspects were based on true events and which parts were the fabrication. Mr Maugham’s spy Ashenden is a asshenden human, with all the English prejudices and civilities of his time, the s, and class, upper middle.