Aline Countess of Romanones Message Board
Anita posts on 6/24/2011 7:07:02 PM
I too, read the Preface in her book, and now I think, we can put this minor "dispute" to rest and move on. Let's face it, Aline's books are nothing short of wonderful. Marvelous characters,fully of mystery and espionage. That is what is so appealing not to mention her references to Spain's Peerage and Social community. The balls the parties, The hunts,and all the rest of it. Frankly I am saddened that she won't be writing any more since this last book published in Spain. Truly, the "End Of An Era".
Edgar posts on 6/23/2011 9:31:34 PM
Thank you Roseanne! I'm so glad that other people take the time to read the Preface of a book.
Roseanne H posts on 6/22/2011 1:44:17 PM
The Spy Wore Red was published as an autobiography. While there is no disputing the fact that the Countess embellished her escapades, I would not go so far as to say that her first book was a fictional memoir. Suffice to say, however, that we all knew, and know, that her purpose was to entertain, as she states in her foreward, and she has succeeded in doing so.
Robert Huddleston posts on 6/20/2011 9:53:44 PM
My hat's off to October Mist. This is what I've been preaching for years. The Edmundo Lassalle as Top Hat that Aline created is a man that never was. He was a lover but never a model for 007. The proper category ought to be FICTIONAL MEMOIR.
Anita: Thanks! If I had your address I'd send a bouquet of roses.
PS I'm now working on a spy novel set in Barcelona
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!
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