Thursday, January 19, 2017

Review: The Spy by Paulo Coelho

The SpyThe Spy by Paulo Coelho
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Short but good historical book. This is the story of Mata Hari and her lawyer, Maitre Clunet, delivered in two letters written to each other. What a fascinating woman! I have read bits and pieces about her over the years, but this account is enthralling. If you want to know more about this Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy and executed by firing squad in France under charges of espionage for Germany during World War I... this is the book.

Here's an interesting fact... according to Wikipedia, Mata Hari's sealed trial and related other documents are scheduled to be declassified by the French Army in 2017, exactly one hundred years after her execution. I will keep an eye for this.

Mata Hari

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