Mata Hari's Last Dance

Mata Hari's Last Dance

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2016.
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476716398
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 259 pages ; 21 cm


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Aug 06, 2020

Very quick read, interesting woman who had to live off of her wits. Felt like I was reading a summary rather than the whole story.

Sep 26, 2016

Michelle Moran is becoming one of my favorite historical fiction writers. In this outing, she explores the life of Margaretha Zelle, better known to history as Mata Hari. The novel opens as Mata Hari begins her rise to fame in 1904 Paris. As she dances her way into infamy, the world begins to collapse into World War I chaos. During her much-photographed career, Mata Hari comes into contact with powerful men in France and Germany. When war arrives and her entertainment world dissolves, Mata Hari tries to find financial stability with her former conquests. The results are disastrous and end with her death by firing squad in 1917. Although written in the first person, the author uses Edouard Clunet, her lawyer, as a confidante who learns about the dancer's past history, insecurities, and hopes over many years. To him, she is M'greet, the little girl abandoned by her father at age 6, who spends her entire life trying to find that special time and place again.

multcolib_susannel Sep 12, 2016

Exotic dancer? Courtesan of Royalty and Wealthy? Spy?

Or all three?


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