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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His Excellency – A continuation and conclusion of “Behind the Scenes”.

Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham

You need an incredible amount aehenden invention. I would not do that for the world. Did she on a sudden hate them? A blind soldier was sitting on a bench.

It might be that some new plan was in question, it might be that the very greatest affairs were afoot, and perhaps what the old woman had to say might make all the difference in the world. Maugham used his real life experiences to write a series of short interconnecting stories, that make up Ashenden.

I consider it the first true spy novel.

The notion was mysterious, but diverting, and as Ashenden played one rubber after another, joining in the incessant conversation, he watched what was said by himself no less closely than what was said by the others.

He was a man somewhat above the middle height, lean, with a yellow, deeply-lined face, thin grey hair and a toothbrush moustache. Novel Review The Great Impersonation: Once you start reading him, maubham cant put him down.


He was now persuaded that he owed that visit of the Swiss police to the kindly intervention of the baroness and it looked as though the bridge-party had been arranged when it was discovered that the detectives had been able to do nothing.

It is partly based on the author’s experience as a member of British Intelligence in Europe during the First World War. The stories are secondary: Somerville,” said the Hairless Mexican, and with a flourish left them.

It was with a genuine smile on his lips that he turned the handle and entering the room faced his visitors. The moment he realizes he’s been used to get a man he likes sent to a firing squad was probably the most memorable for me. This was a great start to a completely new author to me and though I don’t think it gives me a real taste of his fictional writing style, it has left me wanting to read more.

Middle-brows like to put MOM down. It might mean anything. 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, the incredible, I wanted to give her 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.

Ashenden was among the last to finish and when he left the dining-room it was almost empty. Some had fled their country, some doubtless represented it.

This British Spy Thriller Shows How Thrill-Less Spying Can Be

He ought to have sent her back to her own country. Nothing offends these people more than the punch or the unexpected twist with which mahgham writers seek to surprise their readers, and when the circumstances they relate seem to tend towards a dramatic effect they do their best to avoid it. A framing device at the start of each episode shows progressively more of an aged Ashenden muagham in France in the mids, reacting adversely to a piece of music on the radio.


Man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward, but misfortune cannot last for ever. One becomes downright qshenden. The prospect of spending an evening by himself with his pipe and a book was so agreeable that it made the misery of that journey across the lake positively worth while.

She said it was for me to make her love me. Other soldiers sat beside him and more stood behind. It all looked poor and mean in that trim hotel room, with its suite in highly varnished rose-wood. I also found many of the characters that Ashenden meets ashwnden unconvincing.

Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham (1928)

There were from twenty to thirty. He was of great family and indeed related to the Hohenzollerns. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Hitchcock or TV espionage.

Lovely characterizations, good eye for settings. There is absolutely no risk. He listened for a moment.