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Story of the Trapp Family Singers Hardcover – June, 1981
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In her own, beautiful, simple words, the Baroness Maria Augusta Trapp tells the dramatic story that inspired the classic American musical The Sound Of Music. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In her own, beautiful, simple words, the Baroness Maria Augusta Trapp tells the dramatic story that inspired the classic American musical The Sound of Music. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The beginning chapter follows pretty much the beginning of The Sound of Music..... after that, it was a delightful and captivating story of making a new life in the United States in the 1940s and 1950s. As a child of German immigrants, i do so remember the experiences of my parents and their friends and how they adapted and made a good life for themselves in a new world with a new language and new ways.
In 1976 I had the opportunity to see the Trapp family property in Stowe, Vermont.
This book is worthwhile even if "old fashioned."
Thus, most disappointing to me was the almost complete lack of information surrounding the family's flight from Austria after the European phase of their singing career had begun. Similarly, Maria tells next to nothing about her romance with the Baron except for one little whimsical anecdote, and, then, suddenly they were married! Nor was there a shred of information about Maria's childhood or life prior to entering the Trapp household.
The highlight of the book for me was Maria von Trapp's deep devotion to her Catholic faith which I found really very inspiring. Her faith permeated everything she did. This is especially apparent in her touching account of her husband's untimely death, one of the few incidents that she reflects upon with the reader, exposing her thoughts and sharing her fears.
Maria must have certainly been a force to be reckoned with, a woman of action. You know, "how do you keep a wave upon the sand" and all the rest of those lyrics. In fact, there are times when I had almost had enough of her can-do, Climb-Every-Mountain attitude. How much can one person do anyway! At first glance, she might seem to be a carefree, light-hearted spirit, but she was an extremely capable, talented woman with an entrepreneurial streak who usually triumphed over adversity through common sense and persistence-- --and perhaps a large ego?
Hers was an extraordinary life that might be better told by someone other than herself. However, I felt edified and enriched for having read the book and recommend it happily. I think this book might find its best audience among parents who would like their kids, especially their girls, ages 11 and up, to read about a strong-willed woman of deep faith and traditional values who was successful and influential in pretty much everything she did.