Book Review: The Spy by Paulo Coelho

379916Realistic. Opportunistic. Euphoric. I was so immersed reading this book that I don’t even know that I was nearly at the end. I even almost ended up going pass through our house while on the bus getting a small vacation over the holiday. Anyway, I really am attracted to new release book especially when it comes to Mitch Albom and Paulo Coelho. I was once read Adultery by Paulo Coelho and remember that it was so mesmerizing that keeps me indulge and finished reading it over in a day on the New Year’s. Back to The Spy, I will never ever think that I will feel this way — to be fully immersed and read the book in one sitting. It is one of the best that I ever read this 2016. There is so much confidence in hope, satisfaction on wealth, diversity of fame and even finding love. Paulo Coelho discusses the life of Mata Hari in her perspective. You will feel what the author would like you to feel if you put yourself on her shoes. It looks like intoxicated, suffocated — struggling to survive through artistic passion and rising determination.

“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.”

I see a woman.  A strong woman who is independent and lovable but also someone who live a life full of lies. Strange as it is but I think Mata Hari just wanted her own freedom, someone who will love her unconditionally. Personally, it looks like to me that she has everything but this book will teach you that people are not contented with the things they have and we seek love with other people when in fact there is someone who is loving you in front of your eyes.

“My first piece of advice is the hardest, and it has nothing to do with your performance. Never fall in love. Love is a poison. Once you fall in love, you lose control over your life – your heart and mind belong to someone else. Your existence is threatened. You start to do everything to hold on to your loved one and lose all sense of danger. Love, that inexplicable and dangerous thing, sweeps everything you are from the face of the earth and, in its place, leaves only what your beloved wants you to be.”

She set standards to her own premise and it backfires on her. This outstanding book will keep you on reading and be informed of who Mata Hari is. You will love her. You will hate her. But above all, I know, you will take an interest in her. Like everyone else. 

“Sin was not created by God; it was created by us when we tried to transform what was inevitable into something subjective. We ceased to see the whole and came to see just one part; and that part is loaded with guilt, rules, good versus evil, and each side thinking it’s right.”

And this is where I realize the comparison between Paulo Coelho and Mitch Albom — Mitch Albom write inspirational novels in a positive approach that make his works as a masterpiece and Paulo Coelho write in negative approach that makes his works as a masterpiece.

“Love does not obey anyone and will betray those who try to decipher its mystery.”


The book is available on The Book Depository!


566The Brazilian author PAULO COELHO was born in 1947 in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Before dedicating his life completely to literature, he worked as theatre director and actor, lyricist and journalist. In 1986, PAULO COELHO did the pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella, an experience later to be documented in his book The Pilgrimage. In the following year, COELHO published The Alchemist. Slow initial sales convinced his first publisher to drop the novel, but it went on to become one of the best selling Brazilian books of all time. Other titles include Brida (1990), The Valkyries (1992), By the river Piedra I sat Down and Wept (1994), the collection of his best columns published in the Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo entitle Maktub (1994), the compilation of texts Phrases (1995), The Fifth Mountain (1996), Manual of a Warrior of Light (1997), Veronika decides to die (1998), The Devil and Miss Prym (2000), the compilation of traditional tales in Stories for parents, children and grandchildren (2001), Eleven Minutes (2003), The Zahir (2005), The Witch of Portobello (2006) and Winner Stands Alone (to be released in 2009). During the months of March, April, May and June 2006, Paulo Coelho traveled to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella in 1986. He also held surprise book signings – announced one day in advance – in some cities along the way, to have a chance to meet his readers. In ninety days of pilgrimage the author traveled around the globe and took the famous Transiberrian train that took him to Vladivostok. During this experience Paulo Coelho launched his blog Walking the Path – The Pilgrimage in order to share with his readers his impressions. Since this first blog Paulo Coelho has expanded his presence in the internet with his daily blogs in WordPress, Myspace & Facebook. He is equally present in media sharing sites such as Youtube and Flickr, offering on a regular basis not only texts but also videos and pictures to his readers. From this intensive interest and use of the Internet sprang his bold new project: The Experimental Witch where he invites his readers to adapt to the screen his book The Witch of Portobello. Indeed Paulo Coelho is a firm believer of Internet as a new media and is the first Best-selling author to actively support online free distribution of his work.


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