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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 conclusion. It works up to an interesting situation, has no sense of climax and whittles away its dramatic effects in irrelevance. While some novelists believe this is a proper model for fiction, Maugham believes that fiction should not seek to copy life, but instead choose from life what is curious, telling, and dramatic, but keep to it closely enough not to shock the reader into disbelief. In short, fiction should excite, interest, and absorb the reader.
Ashenden: The British Agent is founded on Maugham's experiences in the English Intelligence Department during World War I, but rearranged for the purposes of fiction. This fascinating book contains the most expert stories of espionage ever written. For a period of time after it was first published the book became official required reading for persons entering the secret service.
The plot follows the imaginary John Ashenden who during World War I is a spy for British Intelligence. He is sent first to Geneva and later to Russia. Instead of one story from start to finish, the chapters contain individual stories involving many different characters. All of the people whom Ashenden meet during his travels have their own reason for being involved in the spy game, and each are more complex than they first look.
A collection of stories rooted in Maugham's own experiences as an agent, reflecting the ruthlessness and brutality of espionage, its intrigue and treachery, as well as its absurdity.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Title: Ashenden: The British Agent
Publisher: Penguin Books
Book Condition: Fair
Book Description Pan Books, London, 1952. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Mass Market Paperback, covers minor shelf wear, edges lightly tannedf, signature and address on inner front cover otherwise this is a clean and tight copy with no other defects or blemishes etc. Bookseller Inventory # 013397
Book Description Doubleday & Co, 1941. Book Condition: Fair. Reprint. N/A. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP86889944
Book Description Avon, New York, 1943. Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. First Paperback Edition. A fair copy. Avon #24. First printing. Bookseller Inventory # 008832
Book Description Doubleday & Company, Inc. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Dust Cover Missing. Bookseller Inventory # GB000YNZ0XUI5N01
Book Description Doubleday & Company, Inc. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust jacket in good condition. Shelf and handling wear to cover and binding, with general signs of previous use. Dust jacket is lightly chipped at all edges, few small closed tears, now in protective mylar sleeve. Bookseller Inventory # 1309068930
Book Description Doubleday & Company, Inc. Book Condition: Acceptable. Heavy wear. Light interior markings. Bookseller Inventory # BOOK-0467-00967
Book Description AVON BOOKS. Mass Market. Book Condition: Fair. MASS MARKET Legendary independent bookstore online since 1994. Reliable customer service and no-hassle return policy. Fiction and Poetry>Literature>A to Z. Book: USED, Fair. Bookseller Inventory # 07111000000427801. Bookseller Inventory # 07111000000427801
Book Description Pan Books, London, 1952. Brochado / Paperback / Broché. Book Condition: Bom / Good / Bon. 1 Vol. de 221-[3} pp. Size: In-12º (180x115). Book. Bookseller Inventory # 023740
Book Description Pan, 1952. 226. Book Condition: vg++. 1st Pan 226 1952 edition paperback, vg++ In stock shipped from our UK warehouse. Bookseller Inventory # 55241
Book Description Pan, 1952. 226. Book Condition: vg. 1st Pan 226 1952 edition paperback, vg In stock shipped from our UK warehouse. Bookseller Inventory # 55242