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In his new novel Paulo Coelho best selling author of The Alchemist and Adultery brings to life one of history's most enigmatic women Mata Hari HER ONLY CRIME WAS TO BE AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless Within months she was the most celebrated woman in the city As a dancer she shocked and delighted audiences; as a courtesan she bewitched the era’s richest and most powerful men But as paranoia consumed a country at war Mata Hari’s lifestyle brought her under suspicion In 1917 she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs Elysees and accused of espionage Told in Mata Hari’s voice through her final letter The Spy is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to defy convention and who paid the ultimate price


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  1. says:

    Mata Hari really deserves better than she has been getting in the literary department First there was Mata Hari’s Last Dance by Michelle Moran that made her inexplicably obtuse and naive considering her accomplishments Now Paulo Coelho gives us The Spy which seems to be nothing than a contrivance for some New Age aphorisms He sees her as someone who was an emancipated woman that freedom was her crime but ignores the reality that made her “free”The real Mata Hari is interesting Margaretha Zelle MacLeod was a brave woman who fled sexual abuse and rape by a school headmaster by marrying a man she met by answering an ad She moved with her husband to Indonesia and discovered that she went from the frying pan to the fireHe was an abusive man whose gave her syphilis and nearly killed her on than one occasion His syphilis likely infected their two children Their son died and their daughter Non survived They alleged that a nanny poisoned the children but historians think it was a cover story as no one was charged They divorced and she got custody but he refused to pay child support and she eventually gave her daughter back to her ex husband because he could afford to care for her Coelho reveals the abuse and the cheating but ignores that she tried many “respectable” careers for women trying to support herself and her daughter before becoming Mata Hari She did not leave her daughter lightly or ever forget her She wrote to his cousin confessing that she slept with men for money “Don’t think that I’m bad at heart I have done it only out of poverty”From this desperation she forged a career as a dancer and as woman who slept with men for money and favors Coelho presents her as a libertine a free love free spirit emancipated She was not In reality she wrote “My own husband has given me a distaste for matters sexual such as I cannot forget” That of course is not in this book because it contradicts his story of a free woman Reality was complicated a woman who did not so much choose her profession as accept it and once accepting it pursued it to the heights of fame and celebrity To me it seems that using men for fame wealth and power came from rage at how they had used her not vanity and greed If greed were her motivation she would not have tried many other occupations firstIt’s been ninety nine years since Mata Hari was executed As confidential documents have been declassified the evidence make clear she was innocent convicted as a scapegoat for military failures World War I was a bloodbath a war of attrition that slaughtered 60% of the men of a generation Those who made the decisions could not pay but a foreigner a prostitute a nude dancer she could pay and pay with her life Her story is dramatic and oh so very moral A woman transgresses and climbs high but then is brought low punished for her transgressions punished for being independent and greedy and vain and for sleeping around The story of Mata Hari is pure slut shamingUnless the story is real and tells the truth about where she came from what her motivations were and how determinedly she dragged herself up from poverty and desperation Coelho does not do that at all He makes it sound like she did it easily she goes to Paris meets the right people and she’s rich She never misses her daughter or agonizes over her loss She’s shallow and stupid meeting Freud and Stravinsky and others and forgetting their first names a name dropper who can’t remember the namepatheticWith her recently released letters that reveal her own thoughts about her career and her daughter it seems inexcusable to me that she is still presented as a sexual libertine seeking fame and money rather than the far nuanced and complicated woman she really was Worse to have her struggle exploited as a vehicle for pabulum like “when we don’t know where life is taking us we are never lost” or “an artist who desires very little and achieves it has failed in life”Part One of the book is a letter written by Mata Hari to her lawyer and it does not feel authentic but it is tolerable next to the histrionic letter written by her lawyer that makes up Part Two It was only because the book is short closer to a novella than a novel and I was so close to finishing that I kept reading through Part Two Consider this gem when speaking of the injustice of her fate “it will continue to happen until the end of time or until man finds out he is not only what he thinks but mostly what he feels The body tires easily but the spirit is always free and will help us get out one day from this infernal cycle of repeating the same mistakes every generation”I don’t recommend this book It’s an inauthentic story by a writer who prefers to push his own philosophy rather than seek the real woman hiding behind the myth It seems unjust that this woman who was abused her school her husband many men and her adopted country used and betrayed and executed as a scapegoat continues to be exploited and abused by writers who deny her complexity 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    “I am a woman who was born at the wrong time and nothing can be done to fix this I don’t know if the future will remember me but if it does may it never see me as a victim but as someone who moved forward with courage fearlessly paying the price she had to pay”I picked this one up randomly at the library at the very last second after spending over half an hour looking for the perfect read And I’m pleased to say that Paulo Coelho impressed me and then some The Spy has brilliant starting point with the first chapter starting on Mata Hari's execution by firing suad I was nearly impossible to put it down after; it set just the right tone for the rest of taleWhen Mata Hari born Margaretha Zelle arrived in Paris she was penniless Within months she was the most celebrated woman in the cityAs a dancer she shocked and delighted audiences; as a courtesan she bewitched the era’s richest and most powerful menBut as paranoia consumed a country at war Mata Hari’s lifestyle brought her under suspicion In 1917 she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs Elysees and accused of espionageTold in Mata Hari’s voice through her final letter The Spy is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to defy convention and who paid the ultimate priceAlso these next uotes are all I've thinking about since reaching the last page “Flowers teach us that nothing is permanent not their beauty not even the fact that they will inevitably wilt because they will still give new seeds Remember this when you feel joy pain or sadness Everything passes grows old dies and is reborn”“But women are able to understand one another without exchanging a word”“When we don’t know where life is taking us we are never lost”I'm still in limbo after finishing this bookThe writing truly made me feel Mata Hari's passions enthusiasm loneliness shame pride betrayal and sadness A short but impactful read the narrative structure of The Spy shifts among the perspectives of Mata Hari her attorney and factual source documents But I do have to say that ending the story from the point of view of her attorney was uite a disappointment to me I mean we left Mata Hari at such a crucial point she had just recited Oscar Wilde's The Nightingale and the Rose in such beautifully tragic way and I was starting to feel that attached to her “That was my life; I am the nightingale who gave everything and died while doing so”But then we move on to her lawyer and all my love was gradually forgotten I'm still contemplating as to why this phenomenal book was ended with his point of view However I am eternally grateful that The Spy introduced me both to Paulo Coelho's fast paced writing and the history behind Mata Hari who I'll be researching for the next few hoursTo put it simply this was an educating insightful and unputdownable read that puts everything in perspective I started and finished this in the same day SO GOODAlso I really appreciated the pictures scattered throughout this novel This part of the history is something that I’m sure will haunt me for the rest of my life I can't wait to explore of Paulo Coelho's works and novels next Note I'm an Affiliate If you're interested in buying The Spy just click on the image below to go through my link I'll make a small commission  Support creators you love Buy a Coffee for nat bookspoils with Ko ficombookspoils This review and can be found on my blog


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    A Espiã The Spy Paulo CoelhoMargaretha Geertruida Margreet MacLeod 7 August 1876 – 15 October 1917 better known by the stage name Mata Hari was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy for Germany during World War I and executed by firing suad in France When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless Within months she was the most celebrated woman in the city As a dancer she shocked and delighted audiences; as a courtesan she bewitched the era’s richest and most powerful men But as paranoia consumed a country at war Mata Hari’s lifestyle brought her under suspicion In 1917 she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs Elysees and accused of espionage Told in Mata Hari’s voice through her final letter The Spy is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to defy convention and who paid the ultimate priceعنوانها «جاسوس»؛ «جاسوس سرگذشت یک رقصنده؛ جاسوس ماتاهاری»؛ «ماتاهاری»؛ نویسنده پائولو کوئیلو؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز هفتم ماه جولای سال 2016میلادیعنوان جاسوس؛ نویسنده پائولو کوئیلو؛ مترجم منیره ژیان طبسی؛ قزوین، آزرمیدخت، 1395، در 192ص؛ شابک 9786007241592؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان برزیلی سده 21معنوان جاسوس؛ نویسنده پائولو کوئیلو؛ مترجم پرتو شریعتمداری؛ تهران، دنیای کتاب، 1395، در 188ص؛ شابک 9786009732770؛ عنوان جاسوس؛ نویسنده پائولو کوئیلو؛ مترجم منیره ژیان؛ قزوین، آذرمیدخت، 1395؛ در 178ص؛ چاپ دوم 1396؛ شابک 9786007241592؛ عنوان جاسوس؛ نویسنده پائولو کوئیلو؛ مترجم شهرزاد ضیائی؛ ویراستار خلیل حسینی عطار، ساره حسینی عطار؛ مشهد، شمشاد، چاپ سوم 1395، در 160ص؛ شابک 9786008392248؛ عنوان جاسوس؛ نویسنده پائولو کوئیلو؛ مترجم بهناز سلطانیه؛ تهران، مجید، نشر به سخن، 1396، در 168ص؛ مصور، شابک 9789644530661؛ عنوان جاسوس؛ نویسنده پائولو کوئیلو؛ مترجم مرجانه مسعودی؛ مشهد، بوتیمار، 1396، در 189ص؛ شابک 9786004044127؛ عنوان جاسوس؛ نویسنده پائولو کوئیلو؛ مترجم شاهین سبحانی؛ تهران، آراسپ‏‏‏، 1396، در 200ص؛ شابک 9786008696087؛ عنوان جاسوس؛ نویسنده پائولو کوئیلو؛ مترجم سونیا سینگ؛ تهران، منوچهری، 1396، در 180ص؛ شابک 9786005994315؛ عنوان جاسوس سرگذشت یک رقصنده؛ نویسنده پائولو کوئیلو؛ مترجم اعظم خرام؛ تهران، ترجمه و نشر پارسه، چاپ اول تا چاپ هفتم 1396، در 142ص و 13ص؛ شابک 9786002532671؛ چاپ هشتم 1397؛عنوان ماتاهاری؛ نویسنده پائولو کوئیلو؛ مترجم پروانه طاهری؛ تهران، کتاب نغمه، 1396، در 199ص؛ شابک 9786005873290؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، عطر کاج، 1397؛ در 199 ص؛ شابک 9786229983324؛عنوان جاسوس؛ نویسنده پائولو کوئیلو؛ مترجم مریم درکی؛ تهران، پویا، 1397؛ در 250ص؛ شابک 9786226329118؛ عنوان جاسوس؛ نویسنده پائولو کوئیلو؛ مترجم بهجت قاسم زاده، تهران نشر تیسا، 1397؛ در 138ص؛ شابک 9786008942511؛ عنوان جاسوس؛ نویسنده پائولو کوئیلو؛ مترجم رفیع رفیعی، تهران نشر ثالث، چاپ سوم 1397؛ در 180ص؛ شابک 9786004052672؛عنوان جاسوس؛ نویسنده پائولو کوئیلو؛ مترجم چکامه چاوشی، تهران آوای چکامه، 1397؛ در 120ص؛ شابک 9786008173533؛عنوان جاسوس؛ نویسنده پائولو کوئیلو؛ مترجم نادره موسوی؛ قم، دارالفنون بوریا، 1398، در 140ص؛ شابک 9786229566114؛ عنوان جاسوس ماتاهاری؛ نویسنده پائولو کوئیلو؛ مترجم نازنین غیوری؛ تهران، یونگ، 1398، در 159ص؛ شابک 9786229956236؛سرگذشت پرفراز و نشیب این زن، که به اتهام جاسوسی برعلیه کشور «فرانسه»، در برابر جوخه‌ ی اعدام ایستاد، چه در چند پاراگراف و صفحه‌ ای از ویکیپدیا بخوانید، و یا در زندگینامه‌ ای چند صد صفحه‌ ای، تکان‌ دهنده، شگفت‌ انگیز، انگیزه‌ بخش، و فراموش‌ نشدنی است؛ افسونگر، قربانی خشونت جنسی، قربانی بازی‌های سیاسی کشورهای متخاصم، مادر بی‌بهره از حق سرپرستی فرزند، قربانی خشونت خانگی، رامشگر، جاسوس، هنرمند تابوشکن، انسان جهان‌ وطن، انسان جنگ‌زده، روسپیِ اعیان و اشراف و؛ زندگی «ماتا هاری»، شهرفرنگی ست از همه‌ ی این نقش‌ها، و با این‌حال او همه‌ ی این‌ها بود، و هیچ کدام او نبود؛ «گرترود مارگارت زله» معروف به «ماتا هاری» روز هفتم ماه آگوست سال 1876میلادی روز پانزدهم ماه اکتبر سال 1917میلادی رقاص هلندی آلمانی، و متهم به جاسوسی در جریان جنگ جهانی اول در خاک فرانسه برای آلمانیها بود؛ «ماتاهاری»، نام هنری او یک واژه «مالایائی» و به معنی «آفتاب» استتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 20041399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی


  4. says:

    The Spy is the story of Mata Hari told first in her voice and then from the point of view of one of her male admirersPaulo Coelho isn't at his best in this novelHe prefers and excels at metaphorical stories For example in this tale Coelho has Mata Hari comparing herself to the nightingale that impaled itself on a thorn to grow a bright red rose for a young man in loveI get what he was reaching for but I think this tale would have been told better through details rather than metaphorsAlso it's so short The audiobook was only a couple hours longIt wasn't nearly long enough to do Mata Hari's life justiceI first learned about the fascinating life of Mata Hari in Inspired True Stories Behind Famous Art Literature Music and Film by Maria Bukhoninia There were enough unbelievable things that happened in Mata Hari's life to make a compelling historical fictionSadly this didn't uite fit the bill for meIf you're going to read a Coelho novel may I recommend The Alchemist Which is also a novel people love or hate I fell on the side of love


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    Believe it or not I might be one of the few people on the planet who have not yet read “The Alchemist” It is certainly on my list and I’ve heard many people list it as their favorite book and has changed their life Due to this and a little knowledge of Mata Hari just recalling she was an exotic dancer found to be a spy during World War I when I saw “The Spy” at the bookstore I picked it up Besides the cover is captivating with an old black and white head shot of Mata Hari overlaid on a sparkly background of blue fading to green then pink It caught my eye and between the author and the subject matter I couldn’t pass it up I think this is another case of my having too high of expectations I wasn’t disappointed by the story of Mata Hari Unlikely tragic and intriguing there is a great deal to take away from the story But honestly it was the facts and the true events that fascinated me not Coelho’s writing or approach There were aspects that didn’t feel right with Mata Hari as the storyteller for example she loses a child It gets one or two lines then is dismissed Based on the rest of the sympathetic portrayal this seem out of character Which events get detailed verses which are summarized and uickly passed seems random or maybe based on the detail of historical information Anyways big picture I was disappointed with Coelho storytelling As a pure story it never pulled me in and as a historical account it felt lacking and spotty Still the lady her life and cultural impacts were fascinating so let’s focus on that for a moment This review will explore her life in some detail so spoiler warning stop here if you don’t want view spoiler Born Margaretha Geertuida MacLeod Mata was of Dutch descent and despite all appearances had no middle eastern or Asian ancestry While this seems like the central deception of which underscores a whole life of lies it was not uncommon for dancers in this era to invent exotic backstories for their characters Margreet as she was known in her childhood began life privileged Her father invested in oil and made small fortune She went to private schools and lived well until she was around thirteen when her father went bankrupt Her parents divorced and her family fell into ruin Her father’s failure was only the first of a long list of men failing Margreet her entire life Her high school principle reportedly raped her Her first husband beat her raped her and kept a mistress And then late in her life the one man she truly fell in love with completely abandoned her during her trial as a spy It’s this continuous failure of men that really highlights her heartbreaking life She tries to pull herself out of poverty first by marriage then by becoming an exotic dancer In order to become successful she finds herself sleeping with many powerful and influential men High society first adores her using the guise of artistry and modern dance based on authentic sacred Hindu dances to cover the real appeal – a carefree provocative strip tease Eventually as her novelty wears thin and she ages critics turn on her As World War I breaks out she is pulled somewhat willingly into an inept attempt by both the Germans and the French to become a spy and double agent While men are dying by the thousands both sides attempt to use Mata Hari as a seductress and she falls into to it somewhat from fear but also herself seduced by the desire to be viewed as mysterious and intriguing The French Government desperate to deflect the attention from their military fiascos use Mata Hara as the ultimate scapegoat In a moment that really defines her life Mata seductively blows the firing suad a kiss as they kill her hide spoiler


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    Mata Hariwas she a spy or wasn't she? Did she serve as a double agent for Germany and France throughout World War I or did a malicious allegation with zero evidence destroy her life? In this re imagining based on nonfiction accounts author Paulo Coelho says no Her only crime was her choice to be an independent woman exposing the world to feminism for the very first time and for that she lost her life by firing suad As Mata Hari waited for execution one of her last reuests was for a pen and paper to write letters Over the past two decades Germany Holland and the UK’s MI5 released their files on Mata Hari which provided tons of insight and information into her life Mr Coelho combined information from these letters a researched timeline along with creative liberties to write a first person account of Mata Hari's life starting from about age sixteen I loved Mr Coelho's summarized portrayal of this amazing woman I wish this novel was longer because I wanted to know her much However I highly respect that Mr Coelho didn't just make stuff up to fill the pages I'd like to think that The Spy is as fact based as possible and if the book feels too short it's because you can't write what you don't know Fairly recently I read another re imagining about nonfiction characters where the opposite was done and I have lost all respect for that particular author The Spy is the first book I have ever read by Paulo Coelho and I look forward to exploring his other work But most importantly I look forward to doing my own research about the amazing Mata Hari If you enjoy stories about strong women who push the boundaries for our gender then do some research for yourselfand consider checking out The SpyMy favorite uote The Greeks have a word full of contradictory meanings metanoia Sometimes it means repentance contrition confession of sins the promise not to repeat what we did wrong At other times it means going beyond what we know to stand face to face with the unknown without recollection or memory without understanding how it will be to take the next step We are bound to our lives to our pasts to the laws of what we consider right or wrong and suddenly everything changes We walk the street without fear and greet out neighbors But moments later they are no longer our neighbors They put up fences and barbed wire so we can no longer see things as they were before So it will be with me With the Germans With men who decided to find it easier to let an innocent woman die than to recognize their own mistakes It is a shame that what happens today already happened yesterday and will happen again tomorrow It will continue to happen until the end of time or until man finds out he is not only what he things but mostly what he feels The body tires easily but the spirit is always free and will help us get out one day from this infernal cycle of repeating the same mistakes every generation Although thoughts always remain the same there is something stronger and this is called love


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    This book reminds me that I shouldn't read historical fiction novels that are based on specific people rather than a general time period I'm too critical and no doubt I expect too much from authors who are brave enough to take on the daunting task of getting inside another person's mindI'm of the belief that if you dare to feel that you have the insight into someone else's inner workings and what makes them tick you better make damn sure that your instinct of human nature is sharp and on point Otherwise you have exactly what happened with this storyCoelho allowed his personal political feelings of feminism to cast a shadow over the book which undermines the integrity of Mata Hari's true story Regardless of how he feels a modicum of extra research would have enlightened him to the fact that Mata Hari was a prostitute out of sheer necessity; it was either that or starve to death It was NOT to explore some raging undercurrent of sexual desire that she felt entitled to explore at the expense of her daughter's safety How Coelho fails to see how this would actually make MH seem less sympathetic truly boggles the mind She also didn't leave her daughter with a violently abusive man so easily especially to chase some pipe dream at the time of female liberation and euality These very specific frame of thoughts were not actively investigated with such gusto until decades later when women had the emotional support of other women just so they could avoid the exact situation MH was in prostitution because there were precious few other choices for a woman To think otherwise is nothing than a slap in the face to all of the women and children who have been adversely effected by the lack of options for women to leave an abusive husband and earn the income it takes to provide for their children well enough to escape severe povertyAnd that's why I gave it 2 stars even though it was painful for me to do so His heart might have been in the right place but his agenda should've been left out of this story This is the wrong platform to use for it especially as it does not apply here However I do love Paulo Coelho and I look forward to reading of his books


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    “Death is nothing nor life either for that matter To die to sleep to pass into nothingness what does it matter? Everything is an illusion” Mata HariPaulo Coelho the international bestselling author pens a gripping and part fictional tale on the life of a legendary dancer cum falsely accused as a spy Mata Hari in his new novel The Spy that opens with the execution of this exotic and talented dancer by the French but then the author spins a riveting autobiographical account of the dancer's life through a fictional letter penned by the dancer herself addressing to her lawyer She is an epitome of grace individuality extravagant lifestyle exuisite and uniue fashion style independence and her erotic dance moves in the early 20th century in ParisSynopsis In his new novel Paulo Coelho best selling author of The Alchemist and Adultery brings to life one of history's most enigmatic women Mata HariHER ONLY CRIME WAS TO BE AN INDEPENDENT WOMANWhen Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless Within months she was the most celebrated woman in the cityAs a dancer she shocked and delighted audiences; as a courtesan she bewitched the era’s richest and most powerful menBut as paranoia consumed a country at war Mata Hari’s lifestyle brought her under suspicion In 1917 she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs Elysees and accused of espionageTold in Mata Hari’s voice through her final letter The Spy is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to defy convention and who paid the ultimate price Margaretha Zelle a Dutch girl born into a middle class family in Holland but in her high school she gets raped by the school principal and after her parents' divorce she moves with an uncle to get teacher's training in order to work as a teacher in a kindergarten One fine day she replies to a matrimonial ad in the newspaper for an army man looking for a wife and within three months of meeting the man she gets married to that army personnel and moves to Indonesia but sadly her life turns tragic as she soon becomes victim to sexual and physical abuse by her husband But her painful ordeal with marital life soon comes to an end when the suicide of another army's wife irks her up and fills her with promise and strength to leave her husband She makes her way to Paris where her talent of dancing is spotted by a wealthy man who gives her the opportunity to showcase her talent in the opening of his museum And within few months she reaches the top as she performs in one lavish party to another posh hotel auditorium until she becomes a household name in all of Paris Her exuisite taste for fashion earned her the hearts of many wealthy men from bankers to industrialists who only provided extravagance lifestyle for her but she had little idea about the approaching war in the background Soon she gets caught up in the crossfire of the war as she is asked to work as a German spy but after traveling back to Paris from Berlin she works as a double agent from the France government and within months she is arrested by the French officials who threw her up in the prison finally meeting her inevitable end of execution by the French in Paris the city where she became Mata HariThe author has resurrected this remarkarble and legendary dancer and spy through this book although he fails to explore into the depth of the great persona of Mata Hari thereby leaving her an incomplete portrait of her The historical facts accurately syncs with the story line and it proves that the author has done his research thoroughly Not only that the readers will be carried away to that world before the Great War in Paris where glitters extravaganza and exuisite artistic ualities gave a definition to the then Paris The author strikingly captures the backdrop and the readers will be bound to time travel top that era when everything shimmered golden and people were defined by their rich tastes in art music and dance From the clothes to the food to the streets to the hotels to everything depicted that French flair that the author has managed to portray through the tale of Mata HariThe author's writing is okay and not that great unlike his previous books although the writing is laced with way too historical facts and less emotions that will be difficult for the readers to contemplate with the story line The narrative is lucid laced with the aristocratic flair that sync well with the demeanor of the central character The pacing is really fast but that does not support a biographical book like this one as it lacked depth thoroughly The character development is not that good although the readers will get a thorough and vivid look into the life and style of Mata Hari the woman who was accused as a spy based on meager evidence In one word Mata Hari's life is painful and sad even though she drowned herself in an exorbitant means of life always found in the arms of her wealthy married men and her indifference to the war became her enemy Mata Hari was a daughter lover wife and a hopeless mother who could not save her children from the wrath of the her husband's enemies Her beauty and grace is the only thing that comes first into the minds when people remember her name and not to mention her boldness from stripping her clothes while dancing Java nese dance style In a nutshell this accurate autobiographical story penned by Coelho is highly compelling and enlightening enough to give the readers a taste of the notorious dancer and spy of the twentieth century Mata HariVerdict Vivid bright and colorful account of Mata Hari's life but alas it lacks depth


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    HER ONLY CRIME WAS TO BE AN INDEPENDENT WOMANMargaretha Zelle aka Mata Hari was a famous exotic dancer who shocked and dazzled audiences; as a prostitute she entertained the most richest and powerful men But unfortunately this lifestyle also brought her under suspicion In 1917 Mata Hari was arrested in Paris and accused of espionage She then was put on trial and executed for treason and in all likelihood was innocentMata Hari would be considered a feminist hero in today's world a woman who overcame a difficult childhood raped at 16 by her headmaster at school escaped an abusive marriage and suffered the loss of her infant son who was poisoned to revamp herself as an artist who clearly made a name for herself This short novel left me wanting to learn about Mata Hari a woman who lived outside the box even if it ultimately cost her her life Innocent? Perhaps that is not the right word I was never innocent not since I first set foot in this city I love so dearly I thought I could manipulate those who wanted state secrets I thought the Germans French English Spanish would never be able to resist me—and yet in the end I was the one manipulated The crimes I did commit I escaped the greatest of which was being an emancipated and independent woman in a world ruled by men


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    Finally a solid read This one was short enough where I started this morning and was able to finish it this afternoon Fascinating story of Mata Hari Basically the woman was executed for being considered a double agent but on such flimsy evidence that her execution was seemingly to save the asses and protect the reputation of the powerful men she slept with A woman that once again rang that tired old bell I was born at the wrong time When will it ever be the right time for women to be born? Mata Hari was persecuted for having the gall to want to live a free and independent life This was an interesting story told in letters ones by Mata Hari and her lawyer that failed to get clemency for her Did you know the custom was to cut the head off and hand it over to government representatives? Her head was kept in the Anatomy Museum in Paris until one day in 2000 they discovered it had been stolen