The Spy

The Spy

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"A novel of Mata Hari's final days, as written by the woman herself while accused of espionage" -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781524732189
9781524732066
1524732060
Branch Call Number: FICTION Coe
Characteristics: 190 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Perry, Zoë

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NormaBeethoven
Feb 18, 2017

I am a big fan of Paulo. his first book, the Alchemist had taken me to a new level of my life. I was inspired. however, the spy book lacks his wisdom and inspiration. I felt that it was a documentary of a woman who had lost herself to own everything else! this was the massage. i was not inspired by her story. Because this story continues in our times with lots of women out there. I couldn't feel the power of love in this book. Apologies Paulo. I am longing to read your next inspiring book.

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spiderfelt_0
Jan 29, 2017

I had no idea who Mata Hari was before beginning The Spy. To say she was unapologetic is an understatement. She was a driven woman determined to live life on her terms, no matter the cost. It seems she did little to justify the charges of treason. There never was a more incompetent spy. That said, the writing was flat, who is perhaps a fault of the translator. Ultimately I finished the book uninspired.

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judybrowni
Jan 02, 2017

I was interested in the character and the period, but this novelette was disappointing on both counts.

First of all, Coelho can't manage to write in a convincing woman's voice.

And Mata Hari never becomes convincingly alive as a human, either.

A courtesan/spy should at the very least be interesting -- this Mata Hari is a repetitive bore.

Although Spy is short I've put it down several times, and can't be bothered to finish.

AL_LESLEY Dec 22, 2016

A tiny, super quick historical fiction account of Mata Hari's last goodbyes before her execution as a spy in 1917. Through a letter from her to her lawyer and then another from her lawyer to her, we learn snippets of who Mata Hari was and how she lived her life. Despite the insistence of many reviewers that this is a dedication to a great feminist, born before her time, I got much more of a 'beware the follies of fame' feel out of it.

A surface intro to Mata Hari with a bit of Coelho wisdom thrown in.

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