- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (December 24, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060005777
- ISBN-13: 978-0060005771
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 528 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Captain von Trapp was a sweet, kind hearted man and father. Maria, on the other hand would have these volatile blow ups and then quickly get over it. From all the info I have been able to get, there was a lot of good that truly happened in that family. But Maria was domineering and driven. They created incredible music together and it seems they all loved doing that. They had their summer music camp for years......just amazing and wonderful.
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.
The plot of the movie takes up only the first few chapters of the book and is, honestly, quite different in many respects. Maria, who is a teacher, is sent to tutor one of the Von Trapp children before taking her vows and becoming a full-fledged nun. The children all have different names in real life, by the way. Not sure why. Anyway, Maria goes to the Von Trapp home, meets the children and their father, who does have a whistle to call his children but is otherwise a very nice man and father who only avoids his kids because they remind him too much of his dead wife. The Captain is engaged to a princess (not baroness) who quickly leaves the picture after telling Maria that the Captain is in love with her. The family begins to make music together, Georg proposes, and the Mother Superior forces Maria to marry him even though she doesn't really want to. Hitler takes over Austria and the Von Trapps leave Europe in a very legal way without being chased by armed Nazis.
Then the real bulk of the story begins, when Maria tells of their journey to and life in America. It was all interesting, albeit a little too focused on religion for my liking...but to each his own. There were some things that I found odd as I read about the lives of the Von Trapps and their ten children (yes, Maria and Georg had three more on top of the original seven) and all the honorary family members they met along the way. Most noticeably, I thought the kids were TOO nice. They never disobeyed their parents, they went to mass every morning, they prayed every day, they were not the least bit distracted or corrupted by life on the road in America, they never complained about wearing those traditional Austrian costumes everywhere they went. Those kids seemed like robots, honestly, especially when you stop and realize that they are now full grown adults and their parents still treat them like the children they were back in Austria. Overall, glad I read this. It satisfied my curiosity, but doesn't compare with the awesomeness that is the movie
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