Title: The Eye of The Lion
Author: Lael Tucker Wertenbaker
Wertenbaker, Lael Tucker (1964).The Eye of The Lion. Boston, Little, Brown
Date Posted: February 13, 2013
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Of Margaretha Geertruida Zelle McLeod—Mata Hari—three facts are known and not disputed: she was born, she danced, she died. Otherwise truth is obscured by fancy to make her heroine of a twentieth-century legend, her name accepted as a synonym for the glamorous spy and femme fetale.
Today it takes a skilled novelist with a deep knowledge of the times to recreate Mata Hari and justify her elusive immortality. Lael Tucker Wertenbaker gives back her reality and human meaning. To weave the threads of passion, betrayal, obloquy, and terror into a full-bodied, sweeping story, compassionately told and tragic, she uses three narrators.
The first, Gerschy Zelle, was born in Leeuwarden, Holland, and grows up there. She might have been as prosy as her neighbors, but fate involves the artless girl in drama, high doom, and, often, savage farce.
The second narrator is Louis Lasbogue, Parisian dilettante, fascinated by Gerschy, whose radiance has survived all that life as done to her. Together they create Mata Hari, who dances to the Hindu god of war, delighting audiences in Paris, Monte Carlo, Vienna, and Berlin.
Franz van Weel, the third narrator, is a Dutch officer and diplomat who entangles Mata Hari in a web of intrigue. The insouciant years end in the inferno of the great war and she is its victim. Louis and Franz must stand by as witnesses on October 15, 1917, when Mata Hari, their “creation,” is shot at dawn.