Memories before and after the Sound of Music by Agathe von Trapp


The oldest daughter, but not the oldest child, of Captain Von Trapp and his first wife shares her memories of life in Austria before, during, and after World War II; life after her mother’s passing; Maria becoming her second mother; touring the world singing with her family; “The Sound of Music;” and where “the children” are now.


In the prelude, the author states that one of the reasons she wrote this book is to answer questions she’s heard over her lifetime: did they really climb the mountain to Switzerland; was their father really that strict; did they really learn to sing via “Do-Re-Mi,” etc. It didn’t surprise me that she had negative feelings toward the infamous musical/movie. Over time, she was able to separate her feelings and acknowledge that, while the musical/movie is inaccurate, through it, joy has been brought to generations.

This was a very interesting read. I became fixated on them during this past Easter while watching “The Sound of Music.” I really enjoyed this book and learned a lot about the family. As much as I would love to share some of the truths, I think you should read the book and find out for yourselves.

© Cori Endicott June 2012

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