Biographies / Autobiorgaphies · German Lit · Non-Fiction. · Uncategorized

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta von Trapp

“Now you are one of us. Welcome home!” 

 This book covers the years 1927-1947 and is the basis for the musical The Sound of Music, although the story also continues beyond their escape from Austria and talks of their settling in Vermont, along with their continued singing successes.

I wasn’t too sure what to think of this book. The story is certainly told through rose-tinted spectacles, however the sense of family unity cannot be denied and the family’s ability to pull through together during hardship. There are also plenty of funny moments in this book too, which was nice.

The language seems very twee to me, a modern reader, and the somewhat clunky narrartive voice could be explained by the fact that Maria spends some of the book learning English. Still, its a nice bit of escapism although I wouldn’t really describe the story as ‘dramatic’ as the blurb takes great pains to tell us. Character development barely gets a look in and the sense of time passing is delineated. The book is also quite pregnant with religious linkages and I guess its to be expected given that Maria was a would-be nun!

So, it was quite fun reading about the story and the family. However, I don’t think I could be besotted by this book. It was a bit slow at times and I was glad when I finished it.

MY RATING: *** / *****


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