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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly engaging and enjoyable, 15 May 2014
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This review is from: The Story of the Trapp Family Singers (Paperback)
I bought this book for my wife at her request: it's not really my thing at all. In fact, the sort of book that ordinarily I'd run from - a worse prospect for a dreary afternoon than sweeping wet leaves. But I picked it up out of mild, cynical curiosity, expecting just to confirm my prejudices about how awful, saccharine and predictable (after all, I saw the film...) it would be. But to my surprise, the book engaged and entertained me from the first couple of pages on. The story of the family is well told, and - of course - goes far beyond the Hollywood-ised version that we remember from years ago. It's a genuinely interesting story and one that can hold the attention even of an old cynic like me. The characters are almost too good and perfect to be true, and one has to accept that this is probably a sanitised version of the true life of the Trapps. But so long as one accepts that, the underlying tale is enjoyable. The author is a deeply religious Catholic and the book is unashamedly preachy about religion, but the sincerity and simplicity with which the preachy passages are written makes them quite tolerable and actually helps contextualise the tale by giving insight into the the character and world-view (or, I suppose, weltanschauung in this context) of the author. Worth reading.
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