Ashenden

Ashenden

Or, The British Agent

Book - 1984
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Publisher: Salem, N.H. : Ayer, c1984.
ISBN: 9780405078057
0405078056
Branch Call Number: 07/21/87 T
Characteristics: xiii, 304 p. ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: The British agent.

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greatwar100reads
Dec 15, 2014

Ashenden is said to be the first book about espionage written by someone who was actually a spy. This is not an action-packed thriller à la James Bond. Ashenden is more an observer of human character than an adventurer. The hairless (and careless) Mexican, Americans, young Egyptian princesses, Indians, dancers, Russians, the intelligentsia … are all the subject of his scrutiny, badinage and scepticism. (On occasion, attitudes reflect stereotypes and prejudices of the time that we no longer tolerate.) Ashenden is dispassionate, yet acutely aware of the morality of his work. Maugham’s writing is smart and witty. He would be an entertaining dining companion.

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pspice
Apr 04, 2013

Dry British humour. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would for an "older" spy novel. Maugham certainly captures human nature with his sketches in these several stories by the agent Asheden.

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lisangus
Nov 30, 2012

old fashioned in style and content - but interesting to read nevertheless. Quite different from modern spy novels.

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