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Agathe Von Trapp: Memories Before and After the Sound of Music Hardcover – June, 2003

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In this compelling autobiography, Agathe von Trapp shares the true story behind the film legend and highlights the deep faith and abiding love that have sustained her family throughout their lives. The book signing tour begins in July—including Maryland, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Tennessee.

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Whenever I meet people and it dawns on them that I am a member of the actual von Trapp family whose story inspired The Sound of Music, I am confronted with questions: "Who are you in the movie?" "Are the play and the movie authentic?" "Did you really escape from the Nazis over the mountains?" Then people want to know all about my family and our lives before and after the era depicted in The Sound of Music (the stage play and the film). Few people know much about our lives before and after The Sound of Music became one of the most popular musicals of all times. My family lived through some of the twentieth century's most trying times without compromising deeply held beliefs. Often when the problems we faced seemed insurmountable and overwhelming, circumstances would suddenly change for the better to smooth our way into the next step of our journey. Some people would call these positively changed circumstances "coincidences." I, however, do not think of them as such. Throughout the turbulent years of war and other difficulties, God's guidance and protection kept us safe in the palm of His hand.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Providence House Publishers; First Edition edition (June 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577362861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577362869
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,042,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a delightful book and is essential reading for anyone who enjoyed "The Sound of Music" play or movie. There are apparently substantial differences between the real von Trapp family and that portrayed in the fictionalized version of their story, and it was fascinating to discover the true story. It was particularly interesting to learn more about the mother and father of seven of the ten children who eventually became part of the singing family. The many photographs in the book bring the story to life, and the author's drawings -- completed as the author was growing up and inserted in sections of the story that correspond to the time at which the drawings were made -- were absolutely charming. This book is both meaningful and entertaining.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I was delighted with this well written autobiography by the oldest daughter of the von Trapp family of "Sound of Music" fame. She tells the story of her life before and after "The Sound of Music" became so popular. She also brings us up to date on all of her sisters and brothers. I loved her sketches that are in the book and the beautiful photographs. I am giving this book to all my friends. I would highly recommend this lovely book to other readers because it tells the true story of this famous family. Knowing what their life was really like was more exciting to me than any movie.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
OK, I have to confess I checked my local library first, but they didn't have it, so I got out my credit card.
I have read as much as possible about the von Trapp family from many sources but still gleaned much new information from this book.
I don't believe many people realize how old the children were before they finally quit after years of touring.
And I thought the best part was at the end when she told what happened to each of the children. They have lived diverse and meaningful lives and both Maria and the Captain would be proud of them.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on December 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
Thank you, Agathe! To me your book is somewhat beyond critique. It's your life, your memories, your family story to tell. Thank you for sharing it with the rest of us.

Agathe aims to improve our understanding of the Von Trapp story as she lived it. She relays a family history that she didn't want to be lost to the illusion put forward by a popular movie. We particularly learn a lot about what went on before and after the time frame the movie centers around.

The beginning of the book goes a little slow as we learn of the impressive family tree. But that background of castles and wealth and close knit family do add to the total picture of this family that went from wealth to a hand-to-mouth existence. They wound up touring the globe singing to put food on the table and clothes on their backs. Not making the millions that rock stars do today! The book picks up in speed as it goes along and by the end one is tempted to say: "No, stop the movement of time! Don't let this family age and split up!"

In all the hearts of those that love "The Sound of Music" there is this illusionary Von Trapp family out there even now...still singing, touring, fleeing from a gathering Nazi storm, and building a new life. A close knit family overcoming all the obstacle's that a global depression and evil tyrant can toss their way. Always a tight family unit, always in their prime, never aging, never changing.

On our recent first-visit to the Von Trapp Inn (in Stowe Vermont) we almost expected to see the Von Trapp "Children" prancing about and singing down the halls of the inn. We knew those children were not going to be there to entertain us. But the heart can dream.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Isabelle on September 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed reading this book, the Trapp family's story is simply incredible and inspiring, but I can't help feeling a little annoyed. It seems like either Agathe wasn't always informed on the cause of many things that happened in her life or she just thought we wouldn't care knowing. But I think we do !
I suggest to everyone interested in reading this book to read "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers" by Maria Augusta Trapp, Agathe's second mother, in the first place, and then read Agathe's book, so to know what happened before and after the story Maria Augusta Trapp tells in her book.
It still is a good book, but so well writened in my point of view. I wish there were more details and that events were always told chronologically. Soetimes, Agathe tells an anecdote, sometime long ones !, and then comes back in time. On other occasions, she talks about something that would happen eventually, sometimes very interesting events which distracts us from the current event described.
Good, but could have been written in a better way. Like Maria Augusta'S book for an example !
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cindi on September 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The von Trapp family as remembered by Agathe, the oldest von Trapp child. Agathe was in her mid 80s when she wrote this book. If you are looking for definitive details, this may not be the book for you. If you are a fan of the movie, The Sound of Music, and/or are interested in the real von Trapp family, I believe this is a must read. Maybe not a literary work of art, but fond memories and treasured pictures to be shared with those of us who want to learn more about this inspirational and musical family.
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