Fact is a poor story-teller as Maugham reminds us. Fact starts a story at random, rambles on inconsequently and tails off, leaving loose ends, without a. Ashenden or: the British Agent [W. Somerset Maugham] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. From dust jacket flap: First published in When war broke out in , Somerset Maugham was dispatched by the British Secret Service to Switzerland under the guise of completing a.

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I suppose you came from Geneva on your Ashenden passport.

It gives you a picture of a different world with refugees and revolutionaries. The language is quite something. This is a moment that ever fills me with apprehension wshenden I have to steel myself to turn over the cards that may tell me that disaster awaits me. 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.

Why did I not take their warning?

Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham, from Project Gutenberg Canada

Harrington is truly the naive American who thinks he is above all danger and problems merely because he is an American. I was ready ashendeen wait. It is not hard to follow.

His closed eyes gave him a strangely vacant look. 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.


Ashenden did not reply. Ashenden waited for the detective to proceed. 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.

I will leave my things for you, you need not be afraid of the eau-de-Cologne, it is the best you can get in Paris. Maugham’s wonderful prose is a joy to read as usual. It is unknown whether they were rewritten slightly from original publication. A little way off two fat citizens of Geneva, with black beards, were playing dominoes, and on the other side a young man with spectacles was with great rapidity writing sheet after sheet of an immensely long letter.

Maugham presents Ashenden’s adventures in chapters much like short stories, which have the benefit of encomp Mr Maugham’s spy Ashenden is a complete human, with all the English prejudices and civilities of his time, the s, and class, upper middle.

Book Review Where Eagles Dare: Ostensibly a story of a world which has lost its moral compass in a struggle for survival, the book returns us time and time again to the fact that even a world of duty and obligation contains human foibles and emotions that need to be recognised as part of that world. The hotel faced the lake.

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. Dec 09, Junaid Taj rated it it was ok. I wouldn’t tell him more about yourself than you find absolutely necessary. Maughma 15, Sketchbook rated it it was amazing.


Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham (1928)

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.

Tapping phones, searching records, international intrigue — these acts are not new events unfolding with the NSA. He had often heard people tell him that he possessed character and he reflected that people judge hastily in the affairs of life because they judge on insufficient evidence: She was magnificently gowned, but scantily bejewelled, so that Ashenden, who knew something of these matters, concluded that the superior authority had given her carte blanche at a dressmaker’s mxugham had not thought it prudent or necessary to provide her with rings or pearls.

They are the only ones I read. It was as plain as the nose on your face. Ashenden looked at them for the faint smile that he thought his remark deserved, but their countenances remained stolid. Maugham tells a good tale full of emotion, character and atmosphere. Maugahm was a distinct movement. Ashenden returns by boat across the lake giving scope for nature description and his mild anxiety at being collared by Swiss police.