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Mata Hari's Last Dance: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2016; vuoden 2016 painos)

– tekijä: Michelle Moran (Tekijä)

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"From the international bestselling author of Rebel Queen and Nefertiti comes a captivating novel about the infamous Mata Hari, exotic dancer, adored courtesan, and, possibly, relentless spy. Paris, 1917. The notorious dancer Mata Hari sits in a cold cell awaiting freedom...or death. Alone and despondent, Mata Hari is as confused as the rest of the world about the charges she's been arrested on: treason leading to the deaths of thousands of French soldiers. As Mata Hari waits for her fate to be decided, she relays the story of her life to a reporter who is allowed to visit her in prison. Beginning with her carefree childhood, Mata Hari recounts her father's cruel abandonment of her family as well her calamitous marriage to a military officer. Taken to the island of Java, Mata Hari refuses to be ruled by her abusive husband and instead learns to dance, paving the way to her stardom as Europe's most infamous dancer. From exotic Indian temples and glamorous Parisian theatres to stark German barracks in war-torn Europe, international bestselling author Michelle Moran who "expertly balances fact and fiction" (Associated Press) brings to vibrant life the famed world of Mata Hari: dancer, courtesan, and possibly, spy"--… (lisätietoja)
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This book was a very rare full price purchase for me, because -Hello!!- it's the latest Michelle Moran!! And I was excited to learn about Mata Hari, who I knew little about. Unfortunately, I don't know much more now than when I started.

This book felt rushed, especially the last third. I got little sense of Mata Hari as a person, other than her being incredibly selfish, cold, and morally bankrupt. I had zero sympathy for her and got the feeling that MM felt the same. Several times I found myself suspecting that MM got partway through the manuscript, discovered just how soulless her subject really was, and scribbled some stuff to fulfill the publishing contract. If that's not how she felt, she did an uncharacteristicly poor job of writing.
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  tiasreads | Dec 11, 2019 |
3.5 stars

Mata Hari was a well-known dancer/stripper (very high class, I suppose – she danced naked, anyway) in Europe in the early 20th century. She slept with men who could pay her way in life. She was later arrested, imprisoned, and put to death in France – the country she called home – via firing squad for being a spy for the Germans. This is Moran’s historical version of her life – at least from the time she started dancing, with flashbacks to the rest of her life.

I knew nothing of Mata Hari except for her name – not a thing. I read the book because I like the author, but this one wasn’t nearly as good as her others, I didn’t think. At least now I have an idea of who she was, though I can’t say I particularly liked her. I wonder if I would have been more sympathetic toward her if her life had been told chronologically, rather than in flashbacks? Either way, I’m rating the book good, although I feel a bit like that might be generous. ( )
  LibraryCin | Oct 14, 2018 |
Michelle Moran's latest historical novel gives us the story of exotic dancer Mata Hari. Most people have heard of the famous femme fatale and WWI spy, but other than her public reputation, most of her life was a mystery. As she narrates her own story we discover a woman who, after escaping from a brutal husband, reinvents herself through exotic dance. After moving to France in 1904, Margaretha Zelle becomes “the Star of the East,” Mata Hari, and quickly rises to stardom.

The novel follows Mata Hari's life as she travels the world. She finds much success along the way as a dancer and performer but can never seem to find true happiness. She becomes intimate with many men as she constantly tries to reinvent herself from city to city. Was Mata Hari a sex symbol, a courtesan, a spy, a pawn or just a woman seeking happiness?

Michelle Moran always does a wonderful job of weaving fact and fiction together. From the beginning, readers know she is awaiting trial for espionage, and the story unfolds as an exploration of her guilt or innocence. The narrative, filled with flashbacks, can become confusing because much of her trial was classified at the time. I did find myself sympathetic to the woman behind the legend. This fast paced novel might not give readers an in-depth portrait of Mata Hari, but they will still be fascinated by the woman and the era. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Dec 14, 2016 |
While I do not believe Mata Hari's Last Dance is Michelle Moran's best work of historical fiction, it is not one to be dismissed. Due to Moran's previous works, I may have gone into this book with really high expectations. I found the writing style to be slightly disappointing in relations to her other works, yet I still would recommend Mata Hari's Last Dance. ( )
  knittingmomof3 | Nov 22, 2016 |
What do you think when you hear Mata Hari?

I chose to read this book for just that reason – I don’t know that much about the woman behind the myth. I hear the name and I think spy. I’m sure the same happens for many of you. This novel starts with Mata Hari awaiting her fate but that fate is pretty much a foregone conclusion because the powers that be need someone blame the war situation on and a notorious woman of questionable morals proves to be a perfect option.

Then her story is told – well she tells her story but is it the truth or is it what she wants it to be? She was born in the Netherlands into a marriage that was not good. Margaretha Zelle leaves her childhood home and goes to live with her godfather but that doesn’t bring her what she is looking for. Next she marries – from an ad in the paper – and this gives her an upgrade in social status but also a husband that beats her. She leaves the marriage and soon evolves into the femme fatale known as Mata Hari.

I found the book to be very interesting. It’s not a big book but Ms. Moran gives a thoroughly researched view of her subject. As with any fictional depiction there is license taken but the tale hews to the facts. Was she a spy? You’ll have to read the book to find out – actually I’m not sure that it’s a question that was truly ever effectively answered. I found this bit of information somehow very sad; Mata Hari couldn’t even read most of the evidence against her because it was classified. How does one even defend against that? She was certainly a woman who went against the mores of her time. I’m not sure I would have liked her at all but I am not sure she deserved her fate. ( )
  BooksCooksLooks | Sep 29, 2016 |
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A very heartfelt thank you to everyone who worked with me on this book. Sally Kim, Etinosa Agbonlahor, Dan Lazar, Susan Moldow,Brian Belfiglio, David Falk, Laura Flavin, Maria Whelan, and, most of all, Allison McCabe.
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"From the international bestselling author of Rebel Queen and Nefertiti comes a captivating novel about the infamous Mata Hari, exotic dancer, adored courtesan, and, possibly, relentless spy. Paris, 1917. The notorious dancer Mata Hari sits in a cold cell awaiting freedom...or death. Alone and despondent, Mata Hari is as confused as the rest of the world about the charges she's been arrested on: treason leading to the deaths of thousands of French soldiers. As Mata Hari waits for her fate to be decided, she relays the story of her life to a reporter who is allowed to visit her in prison. Beginning with her carefree childhood, Mata Hari recounts her father's cruel abandonment of her family as well her calamitous marriage to a military officer. Taken to the island of Java, Mata Hari refuses to be ruled by her abusive husband and instead learns to dance, paving the way to her stardom as Europe's most infamous dancer. From exotic Indian temples and glamorous Parisian theatres to stark German barracks in war-torn Europe, international bestselling author Michelle Moran who "expertly balances fact and fiction" (Associated Press) brings to vibrant life the famed world of Mata Hari: dancer, courtesan, and possibly, spy"--

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