Ashenden: The British Agent

W. Somerset Maugham

Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 0140044930 / ISBN 13: 9780140044935
Used / Paperback / Quantity Available: 0
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book

About the Book

We're sorry; this specific copy is no longer available. AbeBooks has millions of books. We've listed similar copies below.

Description:

Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Bookseller Inventory #

About this title:

Book ratings provided by GoodReads:
3.79 avg rating
(1,480 ratings)

Synopsis:

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.

Product Description: 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.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bibliographic Details

Title: Ashenden: The British Agent
Publisher: Penguin Books

Binding: Paperback
Book Condition: Fair

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

W. Somerset Maugham
Published by Penguin Books (1977)
ISBN 10: 0140044930 ISBN 13: 9780140044935
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Books Express
(Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books, 1977. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. We ship International with Tracking Number! May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! L. Bookseller Inventory # 0140044930D

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 91.06
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds