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Not necessarily wrong, just takes quite a long time to say something maugjam is unexceptional, not particularly interesting. All were very good – he’s now one of my favourite writers. It appears that in Mexico it’s somersrt insult to get between a man and his drink and he told me himself that once when a Dutchman who didn’t know passed between him and the bar he whipped out his revolver and shot him dead.

I offer no explanation. I don’t believe the Hairless Mexican has a great respect for human life. It was hail now that blew in Ashenden’s face and the pavement was wet and slippery so that he had to walk with caution.

Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham

It was a hundred to one that if Miss King recovered her speech she would tell him something that could be of no use to anybody.

Meanwhile British spies were square-jawed patriots of unblemished character. The protagonist, Ashenden, engages in morally dubious activities, such as assassination and blackmailing a woman into betraying her lover. Maugham Born in in the British Embassy in Paris where his father worked and where he lived for the first ten years of his life, Maugham was 54 when this book came out.

The last words that R. Maugham—both in this book and in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of his short stories—was a great influence on spy novelists in general a Somerset Maugnam Ashenden: You shall ride my best horses, we will go to bull-fights together, and if there are girls you fancy you have only to say the word and you shall have them.

While Ashenden is truly the protagonist, one whom we root for wherever rooting is appropriate, he also has flaws and unwanted virtues such as his compassion for enemy agents that he has been assigned to trap.

Ashensen colleague, who had hitherto preserved a silence that was positively sphinx-like, now broke it.

Ashnden thrill to the idea of action — but in the end, the gathering of intelligence is not a rip-roaring yarn. Once you start reading him, you cant put him down. My conscience is at ease. Oct 21, DoctorM rated it really liked it Shelves: He got another bottle out of his bag, somrrset a spray attached to it, and squeezing a bulb covered his shirt and coat with a fine cloud of scent, did the same to his handkerchief, and then with a beaming face, like a man who has done his duty by somersef world and is well pleased, turned to Ashenden and said:.


Presently she came back with the answer that the girl would come on the condition that I allowed her to go home immediately after dinner.

Now a plot has certain characteristics that you cannot get away from. The score against him mounted up and up till he had lost something like a thousand francs, which at that time was a tidy sum.

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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 somerzet.

When he awoke it was morning and turning round lazily he saw that the Mexican was awake too. For the most part, Ashenden is remarkable only in his willingness to show unlimited tolerance for trying personalities. Their uniforms were torn and stained. But when Miss King passed him on her way out of the dining-room it seemed to Ashenden that her mask of a face scowled.

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

I told mzugham to have her there next evening and not to let her go till I came. 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.

He had taken care to get on friendly terms with the porter and his tips for trifling services had been generous. I do not expect that we shall meet again so soon.

Did she on a sudden hate them? He did not inspire confidence, and but that Ashenden knew by experience how hard it was to find men willing to go into Germany he would have been surprised that his predecessor had engaged him. I’m rather pleased I found it as an audiobook so I could complete my mission. I went to Petrograd from Vladivostock. There were as usual two police officers on the quay to watch the passengers disembark and Ashenden, walking past them with as unconcerned an air as he could assume, was relieved when he had got safely by.

He does not use a weapon. They are mad about dancing. They are the only ones I read. She wore a large white cotton night-cap on entering Ashenden had noticed the brown wig on a stand on the dressing-table tied under the chin and a white, voluminous nightdress that came high up in the neck. She mentioned not infrequently the xomerset that her grandfather had been an ambassador, but never that he had been a stable-boy and Ashenden had learned this interesting detail from Vienna; for as he grew friendly with her he had thought it necessary to get a few particulars about her past, and he knew among other things that her private income did not permit her to live on the somewhat lavish scale on which she was living in Geneva.


Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham (1928)

Maugham presents Ashenden’s adventures in chapters much like short stories, which have the benefit of encompassing one plot as a comprehensible whole rather than allowing the various missions to become tangled, as they might have been in real life.

Four-part drama about a writer recruited into espionage work by British intelligence during the First World War. But he answered the question with gravity. Two sailors tramped past him heavily, their heads bent down to save themselves from the sleet that blew in their faces, and one of them shouted someerset him: There was a slight smile on his thin lips, but the pale eyes too closely set together, remained cold and steely.

Ashenden walked up to the second floor and knocked at the baroness’s door. Gustav – Is Gustav the “perfect spy”? Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Ashendeh explained that he had the greatest sympathy for the national aspirations of Egypt and that he looked upon Vienna as the most pleasing capital in Europe. Mzugham longed more than ever for a hot bath and a pleasant dinner by his fireside.

There was a train to Berne that he could just catch and he put on his hat and coat as he ran downstairs. Ashenden was sick of the people who saw spies in every inoffensive passer-by and plots in the most innocent combination of circumstances. The week in Paris is a disaster mainly because of her addiction to scrambled eggs for breakfast! He turned on the water for his bath, as hot as he thought he could possibly bear it, and as he undressed reflected ashfnden over his escape.

Somerville, who’s going to Naples with you, General Carmona.