Aline Countess of Romanones Message Board
Anita posts on 6/19/2011 3:43:32 PM
To October Mist:So happy you are joining in on our chats on this site.Frankly,you are correct in saying that calling Aline's books non-fiction is in error.
So,a hardy "welcome" to you!
October Mist posts on 6/19/2011 12:49:19 AM
I like the books and would love to see a movie or movies made, but it would be incorrect to call her books non fiction. While, they are fascinating and there is no doubt that she was connected to the OSS, anytime u have to embellish that much, there is no way a critical thinker can call her books factual. It is more correct to say it is based upon actual events, but if u have to change names, dates, make composite characters and invent dialogue, then if u use common sense or critical thinking mechanisms, then u cant realistically call her books non fiction!! But that is not to say I dont enjoy them and have learned an awful lot about Spain, spying and ppl in general.
Anita posts on 6/12/2011 2:46:20 PM
In the book "A covert Affair" by Jennet Conant, the author lists Aline, The Countess of Romanones in the back under bibliograpies,books. I found it interesting. This book is really about Jane Foster, and Julia & Paul Child when in the OSS, but over half of the book is about Jane Foster.
Now, who is Pierre really? I have some thoughts about it but am not positive.Aline was a cypher clerk and did run a small network of spies, as it was mentioned in this book.
Angela posts on 6/8/2011 9:37:18 PM
Oooh, that's a good one, Edgar! I would love to know what became of Casilda. I hope she married a nice man and didn't regret losing Luis.
Edgar posts on 6/6/2011 8:58:29 PM
I would love to know who Casilda was? The girl that Luis broke off the engagement with to marry Aline!!!!
Angela posts on 6/6/2011 7:57:48 PM
Good question, Sarah. I think we would all like to know that answer. Since we're on the who is who line of thinking, do you wonder who Pierre is? I would die to know!
Sarah posts on 6/1/2011 2:13:43 AM
Wow Anita, that would be great, thanks so much.
Anita posts on 5/31/2011 8:25:00 PM
Sarah, if you give me a few days, I have the actual name of the family you are referring to, but need to locate my paperwork. Very prominent Moroccan family. Just hope I find it.
Sarah posts on 5/31/2011 6:21:55 PM
Countess' secretary wrote to me as I was finishing my thesis (about the OSS). Finding those letters prompted me to re-read all of the books.
I just finished Spy Wore Silk and I have always wondered -- who are Salima and Fatima...? I know she tried to disguise them, and I've tried a little sleuthing but haven't really come up with anything. Does anyone know?
Anita posts on 5/17/2011 1:04:48 PM
Roseanne H.,knows more about the family than any of us, I do believe, as she has had the most contact with the Countess, and can certainly read the Spanish as she is fluent. Unfortunately,my reading the language isn't that good and I, too, am kicking myself for not studying better,when I was living in Spain. I was in my 3rd year of Spanish then, but have forgotten so much.
Angela, the photo you refer to of the boys with their father, is wonderful. They were so young, but handsome. They are really handsome men today.
I think the Countess is doing well,and I hope she will be with us longer because at this age anything can happen. Ceertainly hope that longevity runs in the Griffith family!
Roseanne, I will do that search and hopefully can filter through and read a bit of it. Thanks for sharing.
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