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Memories Before and After the Sound of Music: An Autobiography Paperback – Sep 14 2010

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (Sept. 14 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061998818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061998812
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The eldest daughter in the Trapp Family Singers writes poignantly…..In her telling, we learn the real details in this truly providential tale about a tight-knit, devoted, and wonderfully gifted family.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Agathe von Trapp’s World War II story is the stuff of legend -- or, as she would have it, myth. In her memoir, Memories Before and After the Sound of Music, von Trapp, the eldest sister in the famed singing family, attempts to set the record straight...Charming.” (Washington Post)

“Many fans of ‘The Sound of Music’ are curious about how much of it is truth and how much is poetic license. This newly released paperback offers some first-person insight.” (Newsday)

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The heartwarming true story of the family made legendary by The Sound of Music—as told by Agathe, the eldest von Trapp daughter.

The Sound of Music has captivated generations with its inspiring story of courage, love, music, and familial devotion. Audiences the world over have taken the von Trapp family into their hearts, joyfully celebrating their many triumphs and their daring escape from the Nazis.

In this charming, poignant, and unforgettable memoir, Agathe von Trapp, the eldest daughter, shares the true story of her family, the events that inspired the internationally beloved musical and film, and what happened to the von Trapps in the years after. Blessed with impeccable recall, Agathe shares her vivid memories of a childhood spent in an idyllic Austrian home with her brothers, sisters, and gentle, loving father; of the tragic loss of their mother; of the arrival of Maria; and of the bonding of a close-knit group of siblings who achieved great fame and endured great hardship.

Beautifully adorned with Agathe von Trapp's sketches and personal photographs, Memories Before and After the Sound of Music transports readers to a bygone time as it tells the intimate, loving story of a renowned and truly remarkable family.

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I loved this book. Even though it tells us the differences from the movie,you love this family and their
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HASH(0xa3124030) out of 5 stars Beautiful testament to a wonderful family Dec 3 2010
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Absolutely delightful! This book sets the facts straight for those who have romantic notions about The Sound of Music. It is hard to believe that they toured as a singing family for 20 years in this country and around the world. Their dedication to one another as a family is truly inspiring. The father of the family was both adventuresome and inspiring, yet gentle and kind. He was the kind of man any child would love to have as a daddy. In a world that focuses so much on the me, myself, and I, it was a beautiful read to experience the many wonderful aspects of life through Agatha's eyes. It is a book that shows that real life is far more wonderful and exciting than even the best novel. It also offers a glimpse into history and life in other cultures, breaking down the barriers of misunderstanding of life in Europe. It doesn't pretend that life doesn't have any pain, but it does show that living in the light of God's ways can bring untold joy.
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3124084) out of 5 stars A Joyful Memoir Jan. 6 2011
By V. L. Wilson - Published on
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My generation was introduced to the Von Trapp Family Singers via Hollywood! The movie, starring Julie Andrews in "The Sound Of Music" remains unforgettable. It was based on the lives of the Von Trapp family of Austria. This book, written by the oldest Von Trapp daughter, Agathe, describes in beautiful detail, the true story of the famous Von Trapp family.

I purchased the paperback version with an update on the remaining family members. Sadly, Agathe passed away this month at the age of 89 but she left this legacy - a heart-warming memoir of her family, rich details of Austria before the invasion of Germany, the music that made everyone happy all over the world, family loyalty and priorities, and the history of Von Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont.

I couldn't put the book down! The real story before and after the movie is simply amazing. After hearing the grandchildren sing "Edelweiss" recently, I am pleased, knowing the story behind the movie is available in true form. Trust me - this is an inspiring true story of a unique family and it will make you grateful.
57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3124360) out of 5 stars Excellent read of Von Trapp Family Biography Nov. 30 2010
By Rebecca ML - Published on
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After seeing the cast from the original Sound of Music movie on Oprah (children actors and actresses now grown, and apprearing with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer), my mother became very interested in the story of the Von Trapp family, and I bought the book for her.This book, written by one of the children, Agatha, tells the real facts of the family history. The movie is qutie different ftom the actual family history. For example, all the names of the children in the movie were changed, and the real eldest Von Trapp child was a male, not the female Lisel in the movie. I have only picked and skimmed a few places. The book begins with the engagement and wedding of Captain Von Trapp and his first wife, Agathe, and follows all the way through to the settling in Stowe, Vermont.The family history in the book shows the strong character of the family in thier various hardships and opportunites.They have a complete trust in God's soverignty in their circumstances. My mom says the book gives many details of the family and individual members. If you want to know real story of the Von Trapp Family Singers, this book will fill you in.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3124258) out of 5 stars The Truth About the von Trapp Family Jan. 20 2013
By Mary K. Fairchild - Published on
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Easy, enjoyable read. One learns The Sound of Music is almost fiction.The Captain wasn't a tyrant, Maria didn't teach the children to sing and they didn't hike over the mountains to escape the Nazi occupation. The Captain was extremely capable, intellegent, resourceful, a very hands on father who very much loved his children and the truth about the whistle signals.
The book includes many family photographs.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3124444) out of 5 stars A wonderful look March 6 2011
By kzielke - Published on
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This was a wonderful look into what really happened with von Trapp family and how they became the famous Trapp family singers. It was beautiful look into the family before and what has become of the family. I couldn't put it down with the way Agathe writes it felt like I was there the entire time on this journal with family. I loved the movie and thought it brought out the best points of all about the family and than after reading the book it was a nice to see what was going on in the family.

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