- File Size: 316 KB
- Print Length: 74 pages
- Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides (February 19, 2013)
- Publication Date: February 19, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BISR4FW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,811 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Real Life Mary Poppins: The Life and Times of P.L. Travers Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Brody's book is an expanded Wikipedia entry. There are dates and facts but very little background. For example, suddenly she has an adopted son. Suddenly she's written a book about Mary Poppins. There's nothing about how these major events happened.
The book was not edited - not even proofread. Brody confuses "woman" and "women" several times. He jumps back and forth between present and past tense. For example, here's a clumsy attempt at describing Travers' reaction to the Mary Poppins movie:
"As the movie began, she cried at the enormity of seeing her Edwardian nanny come to life on the screen."
Here's one of dozens of examples of the jump from present to past: "Travers spends much of her time in the Widener Library, studying mythology and fairy tales. She found she liked the modest college library much better than the stuffy British Museum Library." (The Widener Library is "modest"? I just read a New Yorker article likening it to the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library.)
Take a look at this whopper about the "Parabola" journal: "Travers quickly agreed, contributing to most issues while she was alive." [Really? Did other authors contribute after their deaths?]
"She said she didn't want the author of 'Mary Poppins' to be identifiable as a man or women."
"She was becoming the wise old women, the 'crone' of her feminine myth structure."
"Cloths, dolls, jewelry and books were all produced to tie in with the film." [If you don't know how to spell "clothes," you have no business writing a book.]
"Travers always claimed that she didn't writer for children."
And note this inaccuracy: "It launched the career of Julie Andrews...." [No. "My Fair Lady" on Broadway launched her career years earlier.]
Don't waste your money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an informative but brief description of PL Travers life. It does not have nearly the detail of Saving Mr. Banks, but is nonetheless entertaining.Published 11 months ago by Kathy
I bought this by accident (stupid one-click!) and read it just because I paid for it. Now I resent the wasted money AND the wasted time! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Maggie Brewer
The charming cover was the best part about this book.
Paul Brody shouldn't have passed sixth grade with his writing skills, let alone become an author. Read more
Very good . I never new Mary Poppins was wrote by someone else.Published 16 months ago by FRANCYNE J BOWLSBY
I choose to read this book to find out the background of the real Mary Poppins it was and still is one of my favorite movies. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kindle Customer
I thought that the book was quite thin, but perhaps there just isn't that much information about Travers.Published 20 months ago by cprkwy8
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