The Story of the Trapp Family Singers (英語) ペーパーバック – 2002/1/1
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With nearly 1,500 Broadway performances, six Tony Awards, more than three million albums sold, and five Academy Awards, The Sound of Music, based on the lives of Maria, the baron, and their singing children, is as familiar to most of us as our own family history. But much about the real-life woman and her family was left untold.
Here, Baroness Maria Augusta Trapp tells in her own beautiful, simple words the extraordinary story of her romance with the baron, their escape from Nazi-occupied Austria, and their life in America.
Now with photographs from the original edition.
Maria Augusta Kutschera was born on a train en route to Vienna just before midnight on January 26, 1905. Her mother died when she was only two years old and her father left her with an elderly cousin so that he could be free to travel. She experienced a lonely and very strict upbringing without any siblings or other children in the household. She was raised a socialist and an atheist and was actively cynical towards all religions. It was during a visit to a church to hear a Bach concert that her mind was changed when she heard the words of a well-known priest, Father Kronseder. Her meeting with him led to her entering a convent to become a nun. While she was devoted to the convent life, she was taken away from the outdoor activities she once thrived on. Her doctor, concerned that her health was failing, helped the nuns to decide to send Maria to the home of retied naval captain Georg Von Trapp, to be governess to his bedridden daughter. On November 26, 1927, Maria and Georg were married. The rest is history.
I was particularly impressed by Baroness von Trapp's excellent English writing ability, given the fact that English was not her native tongue, and that she only started learning the language after having moved from Austria to America as a grown-up.
This powerful story delights the heart and enlightens the mind. I was strengthened in faith and at the same time reminded of what a wonderful gift life itself is.
The beginning chapter follows pretty much the beginning of The Sound of Music..... after that, it was a delightful and captivating story of making a new life in the United States in the 1940s and 1950s. As a child of German immigrants, i do so remember the experiences of my parents and their friends and how they adapted and made a good life for themselves in a new world with a new language and new ways.
In 1976 I had the opportunity to see the Trapp family property in Stowe, Vermont.
This book is worthwhile even if "old fashioned."
Captain von Trapp was a sweet, kind hearted man and father. Maria, on the other hand would have these volatile blow ups and then quickly get over it. From all the info I have been able to get, there was a lot of good that truly happened in that family. But Maria was domineering and driven. They created incredible music together and it seems they all loved doing that. They had their summer music camp for years......just amazing and wonderful.
In the movie, the climax is the escape from Austria. In the book, that is treated with a brief flashback - only enough to let us readers know that it did happen.
This book is really about the many 'miracles' in her life that witnessed to her that God is in charge and he blesses those who trust in him.
I was delighted to read it again.