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The Spy (udgave 2016)

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In his new novel, Paulo Coelho, bestselling 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.… (mere)
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Titel:The Spy
Forfattere:Paulo Coelho (Forfatter)
Info:Hamish Hamilton (2016)
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A fictionalized look at the life of Mata Hari, told in her own words. It was well-paced and believable. Knowing how her life ended, makes the 1st person narrative all the more poignant. "The Last Day of a Condemned Man" by Victor Hugo came to mind as I was reading it. This is the second book by Coehlo that I've read. The first, "The Alchemist", made little impression on me. This book kept my interest because Coehlo kept close to the known facts about Mata Hari, but offered plausible reasons for her actions. Her voice fit the character that would become the phenomenon known as Mata Hari. ( )
  Marse | Sep 6, 2019 |
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  QuietWinters | Jul 22, 2019 |
This is a fictional account of the life of Mata Hari, the famous exotic dancer in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1917, she was executed by the French government for espionage. Mata Hari was a larger than life figure who fashioned any number of lies about herself and her history to achieve the life she wanted. Those lies came back to bite her in the ass during her farce of a trial.

I really like the structure of this novel. It's told through news articles and confessional letters from a variety of sources, though the bulk of the book is written by Mata Hari, with another significant section written by her lawyer following her conviction.

I'm not totally enamored with this book, though, because I just feel like something's missing. I'm not even sure what is missing exactly, I just feel like I would have wanted to see more of actual experiences during the war. Despite the espionage being the reason for her death and the source of the title, there didn't actually seem to be a lot from her about how she dealt with the counterespionage shenanigans she got caught up in. And I suppose part of that is because even as she's writing her final letter, she doesn't want to lose her front, but it just felt lacking to me. ( )
  irasobrietate | Jun 4, 2019 |
Ich habe natürlich schon von Mata Hari gehört und war interessiert, mehr über die Spionin zu erfahren, die für zwei Seiten aktiv war. Dies ist mein erstes Buch des Autors Paulo Coelho, über den ich so viel Positives gehört habe. Das Buch ist gut zu lesen, aber ich kann dennoch nicht in Begeisterungsstürme ausbrechen. Die eingestreuten Lebensweisheiten sind gut, aber sie müssen nicht ständig wiederholt werden, das nervte mich ein wenig.
Coelho beginnt mit dem Ende und das ist gut und richtig so, denn die meisten Menschen wissen, wie die Geschichte ausgegangen ist. Mich interessiert vor allem, wer diese Frau wirklich war. Aber ich habe nicht so sehr viel Neues erfahren.
Kurz vor ihrer Hinrichtung schreibt Mata Hari einen letzten Brief an ihren Anwalt, in dem sie von ihrem Leben erzählt. Sie hofft zu diesem Zeitpunkt immer noch, dass sie begnadigt wird. Vergeblich, wie wir wissen.
Sie wächst als Margarethe Zelle in der holländischen Provinz auf und geht später mit ihrem Mann nach Niederländisch-Ostindien. Doch es geht ihr nicht gut in dieser Ehe. Sie flieht nach Paris und beginnt ihr Leben als Tänzerin unter dem Namen Mata Hari. Die Männer feiern sie, und sie genießt die Aufmerksamkeiten. Dabei gerät sie nicht immer an die, welche es mit ihr gut meinen. Doch mit dem ersten Weltkrieg läuft ihre Karriere nicht mehr so recht. Ihr Selbstwertgefühl schwindet und dann gerät sie zwischen die politischen Fronten und wird zum Opfer.
Mata Hari war eine ungewöhnlich Frau, die aus der Provinz heraus und ihr Leben selbstbestimmt leben wollte. Auf dem Höhepunkt ihrer Karriere war sie gefeiert und umschwärmt, doch dann, als sie Unterstützung gebraucht hätte, will man sie nicht mehr kennen. Kann ich mit ihr fühlen? Ja und nein. Natürlich ist es schlimm, wie sie für die Interessen geopfert wurde. Aber ihr Verhalten und ihre Lebensweise haben mir nicht gefallen. Sie wollte ein selbstbestimmtes Leben und wurde doch immer nur benutzt. Daher kann ich sie nicht als Feministin und Kämpferin betrachten.
Mir hat das Buch gefallen, auch wenn es nicht wirklich Neues lieferte. ( )
  buecherwurm1310 | Mar 17, 2019 |
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 quickly 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.

Mata Hari was a woman who did anything to pull her life out of poverty and failure. She was used by men, but also manipulated them to become famous and live lavishly. But I don’t believe she choose this life, she reacted to a string of horrific events; rapes, beatings, betrayals the only way she could, with seduction and deceit. While she temporarily found fame and notoriety, she never found requited love. Her extraordinary life was retold many times in many ways through films, plays, musicals, books and even an Opera. Some works focus on her archetype as a femme fetale and others as a victim and scapegoat. While I think Coelho gets her portrayal largely correct, and I valued the retelling of her life, his book falls short of my sky high expectations in terms of exposing the lessons of her tragic life. ( )
  Kevin_A_Kuhn | Feb 22, 2019 |
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In his new novel, Paulo Coelho, bestselling 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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