Wow. This book was a first. I picked it up after watching the movie Saving Mr. Banks. I found that I wanted to know more about P.L. Travers. Her past and how she got to where she was. I wanted to know how the Disney deal went and how things between her and Walt Disney was.
This book looked like it would have everything I wanted in it.
This book also put me in a first situation.
I read 26 pages and then took the thing back to the store. The interest I had in learning about P.L. Travers was quickly killed by Valerie Lawson’s writing.
The first chapter of the book was all about P.L. Travers’ ancestors. This has the potential to be very informative and interesting but there were so many people introduced, and the writing was so drab that I closed the book and said “screw it”. I think if the book was set up differently it might have been easier to follow all of these relatives but it was quite amazing how quickly I gave up.
Most bad books I like to see to the end. I like to give it a chance through to the end. I am sorry that this book didn’t have the chance. I hope I am not missing something great because the first pages were written so poorly.
Pass this book and just watch the movie. It will result in less frustration and much more enjoyment.
You’ll also save money and two trips to the book store. The trip to buy the book then the trip to return it.