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    I could not put it down

    Great story telling i love everything about this book, although l knew she died in the beginning of The star of the novel I was still very much interested in learnig her story i read it in one sitting I recommen it to everyone
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    I loved Mr. Coelho's portrayal of this woman!

    Mata Hari...was 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 squad. As Mata Hari waited for execution, one of her last requests was for a pen and paper to write letters. Over the past two decades, Germany, Holland, and the U.K.’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 more. 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 yourself...and consider checking out The Spy!
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    Wasted time

    This book was so short and lacking an actual story. the information was interesting but just barely. if you want to read an historical account of Mata Hari, there are better sources. If youre looking for Story that is fact based this is just a sketch of what you desire.
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    History rewrites itself.

    I found this book inspiring and endearing because she was true and selfless in a time like all times where men fall weak at the feet of love.
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