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A wonderful slice of nostalgia, and darker than the film
on 9 January 2016
I had never read any of the Mary Poppins books as a child, although I grew up with the film, which was made when I was about two, and have always loved it; it is one of my nostalgic treasures! So I thought it was about time I read the book, and it hasn't taken anything away from my affection for the film (thankfully). As others have pointed out, it is not a linear novel; it is a series of short stories featuring Mary, her friends and relatives, the Banks' family, and a number of other characters I won't describe as it might spoil it for you.
The book has a different atmosphere to the film; it is all a bit darker, less sentimental; Mary herself is not as endearing a character as Julie Andrews portrays, but is actually more interesting for it. Some of the stories come as something of a surprise until you read that P L Travers had a lifelong interest in myth and legend.
I would heartily recommend this to anyone, whether you have seen the film or not. I will definitely be reading the rest (I think there are six in all)