- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Knopf (22 November 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1524732060
- ISBN-13: 978-1524732066
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 200 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,43,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Spy: A novel Hardcover – 22 Nov 2016
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“[The Spy is a] masterful new novel.” --Bookpage
“Coelho, whose books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide, has taken the Mata Hara story and fashioned it into a short dynamo of a novel.” --Los Angeles Times
“A striking novel. . . . By the end, readers will believe they’ve read [Mata Hari’s] actual letters.” --Publisher’s Weekly
“Coelho has created a portrait of an anachronistic woman, who was destroyed by her times and became a legend.” --Paste Magazine
“A novelist who writes in a universal language.” --The New York Times
“Spiritualists and wanderlusts will eagerly devour . . . [Coelho’s] search for all things meaningful.” --The Washington Post
About the Author
PAULO COELHO’s life remains the primary source of inspiration for his books. He has flirted with death, escaped madness, dallied with drugs, withstood torture, experimented with magic and alchemy, studied philosophy and religion, read voraciously, lost and recovered his faith, and experienced the pain and pleasure of love. In searching for his own place in the world, he has discovered answers for the challenges that everyone faces. He believes that, within ourselves, we have the necessary strength to find our own destiny. His most recent novel Adultery was a worldwide bestseller. His 1988 novel The Alchemist has sold more than 65 million copies and has been cited as an inspiration by people as diverse as Malala Yousafzai and Pharrell Williams. Paulo Coelho has sold more than 200 million books worldwide. His work is published in 81 languages, and he is the most translated living author in the world.See all Product description
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This book is equally captivating as any other book by Paulo Coelho and I’m a huge fan of his works, and I must say he did not let down my expectations. And I would recommend this book to any Paulo Coelho fan to go and read this.
But if you want to start reading Paulo Coelho this book might not be suitable. And because of the presence of few mature contents, I would suggest this book to the readers above the age of 17-18years old.
Written By- Paulo Coelho
Published by- Penguin Books
Ratings- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(✨💫💫)/5 (4.7/5)
Penned down by the famous author of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho, The Spy is the story of the famous Margaretha Zelle popularly known as Mata Hari. Her lifestyle, her friend circle everything came to scrutiny during the First world war, where France labelled her as A Spy and a double agent for both France & Germany. Was she really a spy? or just a free thinking independent woman who was made a scapegoat during the most dreaded war? (Read the book to find out)
●The author divide the book in 3 parts. The first 2 parts were in Mata Hari's own voice through her letters to her lawyer Mr. Clunet & the 3rd was in Mr. Clunet's own letters written for Mata Hari, a tricky concept which worked for this book.
●The story portrays brilliantly all the stages of Mata Hari's entire life from her childhood days in Holland to her first days in France when she was at the height of her succes and then also her last days when her name was demolished publicly.
● It captures her love towards France, the very country which denied her very innocence, her so-called friends who deserted her in her need.
●The conception of love that Mata Hari coveted was so different yet honest but ultimately she couldn't understand the love of Mr. Clunet whom she accused of fighting her case half heartedly was heartbreaking.
◆The only one I could find was the story felt rushed sometimes, there were some gaps which if filled would have resulted in something as a perfect creation.
I would urge every to read this book. The story is not just Mata Hari's but all the strong willed women feared by a society which is dominated by men.
The spy is one of such Novel , It is based on the story of Margaretha Geertruida better known by the stage name Mata Hari and The whole story is told in Her voice through her final letters , She arrived in Paris she was penniless. Within a months she was the most celebrated women in the city.
During 1917 when the whole country was consumed in Paranoia, Mata Hari's lifestyle brought her under suspicion, She was arrested and charged of espionage and finally executed by firing squad in the France.
The spy is the unforgettable story of woman who dared to defy convention and paid the ultimate price.
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