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The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by [Trapp, Maria Augusta]
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Maria Augusta Kutschera Trapp Born: 26 January 1905 – Died: 28 March 1987 She was born aboard a train heading to a Vienna hospital coming from her parents' village in Tyrol, Austria. She was an orphan by her age seven. Graduated, State Teachers College, Vienna. Progressive Ed, degree 1923. She entered Nonnberg Abbey, Satzburg, Austria. She was a postulant intending to become a nun. Maria Trapp was dominating and bold. Her step children referred to her as a “force of nature.” She had been exposed to worldly ideas including socialism and atheism. She once wrote of Mary Martin’s and Julie Andrews’ performances that they “were too gentle-like, girls out of Bryn Mawr.” Died: Maria Trapp died of heart failure on 28 March 1987 in Morrisville Vermont, USA.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 544 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1 edition (22 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MMEIV4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,595 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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`The Story Of The Trapp Family Singers' spans roughly the quarter century from the mid 1920s up to the end of the 1940s and is divided into 2 parts. Part 1 [the first 110 pages or so] roughly covers the period between Maria leaving Nonnberg monastery to join the Trapp family and closing with the momentous decision to leave Austria at the outbreak of war, incorporating her marriage, the family's loss of fortune and the start of their singing career. Part 2 picks up the story as they approach New York and goes on to describe 10 years of their lives as a professional singing group, settling down in Vermont, the death of the captain and the establishment of what would become the Trapp Family Lodge ski resort.

It is probably reasonable to assume that almost anyone showing an interest in this book does so because of a desire to learn of the background to `The Sound Of Music`. In many ways the musical is faithful to the book, at least in essence, though don't be surprised to learn that a great deal of invention was employed, especially with the children who bear little relation to their real life counterparts. The main complaint is in the film's depiction of Georg as cold and aloof, something the family has been at pains to contradict ever since!

Much like the musical, the book has a high `feel good' factor: it is infused with a rosy glow of goodness and warmth in which there is little room for negativity, and even less for any complaint or criticism, despite sudden reverses of fortune. Don`t expect any dirty linen to be aired here! Maria's easy-going prose style is wonderfully fluid and accomplished: it gladdens, it saddens, and sometimes it amuses, but always it enchants.
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This book is a refreshing view of family life that is exemplary. A great deal more of the spiritual character of Maria and the Trapps are seen in this book than was even hinted at during the movie. Throughout the book the reader can rejoice in the love and understanding of people that Maria von Trapp has. The Trapp children readily sacrifice and work to make it during the hard times. Maria says that the family that sings together, plays together, and prays together usually stays together.
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I wanted to cry after reading this, which is unusual for me. Maria Augusta's Trapp's honesty as she shares her struggles of adjusting to new social groups is amazing. This book offers insights into what culture shock is truly like; so it would be great for the social sciences, especially multicultural educatiion.
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I read this book in the seventies - and was interested to reread it now. The story of the Trapp family provides an interesting view of life around the time of WW2 both sides of the Atlantic - and sets in context the musical version. I must admit to finding some of the more religious aspects of the book difficult to stomach - but that is, of course, seeing it through my non religious eyes.
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I had waited to read this book for several years and was overjoyed to finally get a copy. This book is inspirational, well written, funny but conveys such a depth of examplary living that I felt humbled but at the same time priveldged to have read this book.

The writing style is witty with several anecdotes that will leave you in stitches. This book is better than both movies that it inspired - 'The Von Trapp family and The Von trapp in America', the original German film and the universally acclaimed best musical 'The Sound of Music'. Maria Von Trapp was an exceptional and inspirational human being whose unwavering trust in the Almighty God, shone through like a beacon of hope for all around her. Recognising that our task as human beings dwelling far away from our origin is to find out the Will of God and to do it wholeheartedly; bound by their fervent trust in God, the Von Trapps led a life of implicit trust in the Almighty Father and his laws; Especially at the most trying times in their earthly experiences, irrespective of what difficulties they faced, even when they did not know where their next meal will come from, their childlike trust in the Will of God and their striving to do that know that Will and to do it wholeheartedly saw them through everything. I found the accounts of their lives, joyful, inspiring and exemplary. As the saying goes, 'The family that prays together stays together.' Their family had the best foundation, any wonder that they took the world by storm, inspiring so many with their music? I am so glad to have finally read this book and would recommend it in a heart beat as one of the best inspirational books of our time.
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Read this when I was at school and lovely to have the opportunity to re read it for a very cheap price in deal of the day. I am really enjoying it but it is probably for the older folks rather than a young persoms read.
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This matter of fact story of triumph over adversity, with trust in God, even in very difficult times follows the same time as The Sound of Music but without the Hollywood hype. It also continues the story after they "climbed the mountain" and shows the highs and lows of this remarkable family changing from a wealthy landed family in pre-war Austria to penniless immigrants in the U.S.A.
It's a truly human and very readable book.
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