I was trying to find another good book to read when I heard Spotify’s advertisement of The Spy. I heard it several times before I decided to purchase one.
The cover was very impressive. The texture and color were different than the books I already own. I was never fascinated about a book cover until I saw this.
The story is about a girl named Margaretha Geertruida “Margreet” Zelle MacLeod, known best for her stage name Mata Hari. She was accused of being a German spy and was assassinated by firing squad.
Her life was far from ideal. I can’t imagine how difficult it is to live in that era as an exotic dancer and courtesan. But she strived and became famous because of her dancing and charisma.
Those same attributes became her drawback when she was accused of passing information to her Germans clients.
The story was short – I finished it in one sitting, approximately 2-3 hours – but it was very powerful. I was teary-eyed when I finished the book. Paulo Coelho did very well in outlining Mata Hari’s struggles.
It shows that even from the early years, politics and the politicians are corrupt. They work for power and can easily do whatever they want because they are in the position to do so.
But Mata Hari was a brave woman. She faced her detractors and she even blew a kiss to her firing squad before they pulled the trigger. As one of the nuns stated, it looked like she had a good night sleep before her execution.
There were a few inspirational quotes from the book, but my favorite was this:
‘Flowers teach us that nothing is permanent: not their beauty, not even the fact that they will inevitably wilt, because they will still give new seeds. Remember this when you feel joy, pain, or sadness. Everything passes, grows old, dies, and is reborn.’
This reminds me that everything changes, even change. Nothing is permanent. Whatever we are feeling right now will pass. So let it be and it will be gone soon.
Pages: 208 pp.
Publisher: Knopf; First Edition/First Printing edition (November 22, 2016)
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