Book Review: The Spy by Paulo Coelho

Well, I realized that today, 23rd April, is a World Book Day. I finished reading ‘The Spy‘ by Paulo Coelho this morning.

I love to read. But with so many tasks at hand, taking time out to read is so hard. Which is why I started (again) reading routine from January 2018. I try to make some time in the morning to read but haven’t been 100% successful at maintaining the routine.

The Spy is the fourth book I have read this year after ‘The Blue Notebook‘, ‘The Bookseller of Kabul‘ and ‘The Vegetarian‘.

I am not really into Paulo Coelho’s books. Among his so many books, I have only read ‘The Alchemist‘. ‘The Spy’ is the second book by Paulo Coelho that I read.

the spy paulo coelho book review

As much as I love reading, I don’t like writing long reviews. I give star ratings on Goodreads and leave 2 liners on the rare occasion.

Since this book was based on the real events and I was curious to read about the life of Mata Hari, I found this pretty interesting. Reading about the life of famous people is always fascinating.

Title: The Spy
Author: Paulo Coelho
Published: 2016
ISBN: 978067008956
Pages: 186
Language: English (Original – Portuguese)

This is the story of an exotic dancer who was accused of being a spy, a double agent during World War I and was executed despite being innocent.

Below is my review of ‘The Spy’ on Goodreads.


The SpyThe Spy by Paulo Coelho
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In a world full of men who think they are the only superior beings and think women as a mere commodity, a woman lived her life in her way, fought her uphill battle of life, and treated men as men treated women. The so-called powerful men could not accept it and the innocent woman had to die.

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Favorite Quotes from The Spy

  1. “Love is an act of faith & its face should always be covered in mystery. Every moment should be lived with feeling & emotion because if we try to decipher it & understand it, the magic disappears.”
  2. “When we don’t know where life is taking us, we are never lost.”
  3. “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.”
  4. “Even the tallest trees are able to grow from tiny seeds like these. Remember this, and try not to rush time.”
  5. “In a war, the first casualty is human dignity.”
  6. “I was an exotic bird traversing an earth ravaged by humanity’s poverty of spirit.”
  7. “Memories bring with them a devil called melancholy—oh, cruel demon that I cannot escape.”
  8. “men love to explain things, and they have opinions on everything.”
  9. “That’s what my life was. I’m the nightingale who gave everything and died.”
  10.  “We are bound to our lives, to our pasts, to the laws of what we consider right or wrong, and suddenly, everything changes.”


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