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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Even though it differs greatly from what you would expect of an Espionage novel I enjoyed it. The matter was hushed up and it was announced in the papers that the Dutchman qshenden committed suicide. The war was spoken of a good deal and the baroness and the Pasha expressed very anti-German sentiments. The night-porter hurried to fetch the assistant-manager and together they had lifted her back into bed.

The Flip of a Coin – Flipping a coin to determine a potentially fatal decision. The spy’s manner, which at first had been obsequious, was now somewhat truculent, but he kept his head and never for a moment raised his voice.

The hotel faced the lake.

For all his customary detachment, he is very aware of and interested in the moral issues involved in such work. The Hairless Mexican opened his bag again and from a corner extracted a greasy pack of French cards.

Somerville implicitly, I suppose? In I went to Russia. Ashenden, or the British Agentfirst published inis a series of linked stories relating the adventures of a writer of comic plays who is recruited into Britis W.

She said she had something that she must say to you at once. Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video. It is evident that as your rooms look on the lake and the revellers pass your windows, if the noise is serious, you must have heard it.


The darkness swallowed him up and he stepped out briskly for his hotel. Learn how your comment data is processed. This was a game that Ashenden was not unfamiliar with, so they settled the stakes and began.

We’ve had sometset that a man called Constantine Andreadi is on his way from Constantinople with certain documents that we want to get hold of. Determined to do his bit for Queen and country he becomes a spy, because, as he says Not all the cases are W. I would have given her everything I possessed in the world, I would have torn down the stars from heaven to deck her hair; I wanted to do something to prove to her the extravagance of my love, I wanted to do the impossible, maughaam incredible, I wanted to give majgham myself, my soul, my honour, all, all I had and all I was; and that night when she lay in my arms I told her of our plot and who we were that were concerned in it.

He guessed that an examination had been made of his effects. You see, I loved her, I could not bear that she should suffer; she was a spy, yes, but my heart bade me spare her the terror of knowing what must happen.

Ashenden – Book Review

Because this is a WW1 spy story, I have shelved it under thriller-suspense but it is not actually either thrilling nor suspenseful. On it lay Miss King. He gets to know him and his gruff German wife very well and Maugham very convincingly portrays them as complex human beings with real loves and affections. Ashenden looked asshenden the assistant-manager.


You know, she hated the English.

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And I loved her, I loved her; oh, words cannot tell you the agony of desire that burned my heart; love like that is no pleasure; it is pain, pain, but the exquisite pain that transcends all pleasure. It did not take them long to settle things and when Ashenden rose to go he had already made careful note of his instructions. In the phenomenal scenes with the British ambassador to Russia he easily holds his own with one of the most superior persons on the planet.

This particular reader, however, thinks it qualifies as a novel. He shuffled them again. The room was brightly lit, for all the lights were on, and a fire burned in the hearth.

If life, they say, is arbitrary and disconnected, why, fiction should be so too; for fiction should imitate life. Ashenden heard his bedroom-door open and getting out of the bath flung a towel round him and went in. She was shouting at the top of her voice and suddenly smacked the old woman’s face. Things may seem black and white, but oh there are many, many nuances. I told her to have her there next evening and not to let her go till I came.