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The Real Life Mary Poppins: The Life and Times of P.L. Travers by [Brody, Paul]
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  • 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
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If you're interested in P.L. Travers, you can learn much more about her - free - by reading Caitlin Flanagan's article in the December 19, 2005 New Yorker (you can Google it to read online).
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?]
And:
"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.
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This was exactly the information I was looking for. I had heard rumours of how difficult Mrs. TRAVERS could be and this book helped confirm a few things for me. This is an easy read and can be finished in a day or two.
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I recently saw the movie "Saving Mr. Banks" which was wonderful. It also peaked my interest in finding out more about the real P.L. Travers so I bought a couple of biographies from Amazon. I received this one first. It was a very fast and easy read. However, when I got to the bibliography I was extremely disappointed to see Wikipedia listed among the sources. As a librarian, this calls into question the accuracy of the book for me. I am awaiting the second book I ordered and certainly hope the author of that book used more reliable sources.
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I guess I expected something more from this book. It read like a long research paper - no real depth, very few interesting facts. You won't really 'get' Ms. Travers from reading this.
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I purchased this book to answer the questions that lingered after seeing the movie, Saving Mr. Banks" about the making of Walt Disney's movie, "Mary Poppins". It did.
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So much of the Mary Poppins we know lifts you up with laughter and hope. How sad to hear so much of P L Tracers' life was an unsatisfied searching, and never finding, peace. She produced works of joy for so many others, yet it didn't't sound as if there was even much joy in the writing process for her.
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Shame on me for not reading carefully before I purchased this. It felt like I was reading a Wikipedia entry; a mere recitation of Travers' life events that might have contributed to how she wrote this series. It is brief and not particularly engaging. I was hoping for a well written and thoughtful biography. If you want that too, don't get this. If you are looking for a brief history - then this might be for you.
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By ollientn on February 18, 2014
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got this after seeing the Disney Saving Mr Banks movie. Had never really gotten into Mary Poppins--I was a little older than that generation and didn't go to movies at that time. Interesting to know about Travers and how her story ties into the Mary Poppins stuff.
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