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Maria: The True Story of the Beloved Heroine of The Sound of Music Edition: Sixth Mass Market Paperback – 1973

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon (1973)
  • ISBN-10: 0380411113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380411115
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 850,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the autobiography of Maria von Trapp whose name was made famous by the movie 'Sound of Music.' But this was written years later and is not the book that became the inspiration for the movie. That book is her first book titled 'The story of the Trapp Family Singers.'

In this book we the author shares her life and thoughts from childhood up to the time of the writing of the book. The exception is that she does not retell the part of her life from her first book so together they could be considered account of her life to that date. An account one must read to have insight into who she was. Though there are a couple of discrepancy between her two books I would attribute them too time; or perhaps trying to separate the fiction of movie from life. This is hard too determine.

We read of her childhood which adds details as too why she formed the personality she did. Left too be raised by relatives she never knew her mother and very rarely saw her father that she considered herself an orphan. How her love of the Church diminished in this atmosphere as her love of the outdoors grew. We see how close she crossed the line toward what we would call a juvenile delinquent. And then her re-awakening that drove her too impetuously run too a life of piety at the Nonnberg monastery, a cloistered monastery.

It was from this monastery that the Mother Superior sent her to be a tutor for the von Trapp family. She writes that she fell in love with the children so accepted the proposal of the Baron too become his wife and the mother of his children. She briefly touches her life during this period that is covered in her first book and we take up with her later in life.
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Lovely book about Maria's life
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Testament of God's Love 5 Feb. 2015
By ktremba - Published on Amazon.com
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What an amazing story of the real Maria Von Trapp and the strength of her Christian faith, which often gets overlooked when celebrating her life in the Sound of Music. What a tribute to a Heavenly Father who helped Maria overcome losing her parents, being abused by her uncle, and being told that "God is dead" during her adolescence and young adult life. To read how God intervened and drew near to her so that she would forever sing his praises, is a true testament to the love of God!
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5.0 out of 5 stars and I was'nt disappointed. Wonderful lady 15 July 2014
By Win N. - Published on Amazon.com
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After viewing the documentary on TV about the von Trapp family, I wanted to read all about Maria, and I was'nt disappointed. Wonderful lady, wonderful story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Story 6 Feb. 2011
By MJ Stucky - Published on Amazon.com
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We have loved the Von Trapp Family for years and read about parts of their life, knowing Maria had a great part in their story. I heard the family sing in the '50's at a small college here in my neighborhood and remember their quaint costumes and unusual songs. Wanting to read more of Maria's story I searced on Amazzon. What a joy to read the book. It came in great condition in a shorter length of time than expected. It's a story for everybody and you will be surprised at Maria's beginnings as a school girl! What a hoot! And what a delight to read "the rest of the story!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it in a DAY! 7 Jan. 2014
By C. Monroe - Published on Amazon.com
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LOVED this book! Read it in a day, which is extremely RARE for me! What prompted me to get it, was watching Carrie Underwood's depiction of the play on TV last November. That sparked my interest again! The movie, "The Sound of Music", is one of my all time favorite movies, but, there were so many MORE details about their lives, than what the movie could tell in such a short amount of time. Highly recommend this book! So, glad I got it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book of Maria's life 14 Oct. 2013
By sb1350 - Published on Amazon.com
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After seeing the movie "Sound of Music" many years ago, I was interested in reading her story. I would recommend this to others who may be interested in her life.
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