14. The Spy (Paolo Cohelo)

Screen Shot 2020-07-03 at 1.16.14 PMThe life of Mata Hari continues to be surrounded by mystery and intrigue.  The Spy was an interesting account of her life, known as a double agent and accused of sharing secrets between the German and the French during the war.  She was a dancer and an admitted prostitute who supported herself through the men she spent time with.

Was she a spy? or was she an independent women who used the means available to a woman in those days? This book shares that she was sent to the firing squad with little evidence to prove her guilt.

It was interesting to learn that after the firing squad, her head was removed and given to “the government”.   In the year 2000 it was discovered that her head was missing from the museum where it was kept.  The secrets, intrigue and mystery continues!

Coelho, most famously know for The Alchemist, has sold over 650 million copies of this (The Alchemist) fable as well as more than 200 billion books in 81 languages. Based on the jacket cover, it would be interesting to learn more about this author who is said to have “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

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