104 Horses: A Memoir of Farm and Family, Africa and Exile

104 Horses: A Memoir of Farm and Family, Africa and Exile A letter is handed to you In broken English, it tells you that you must now vacate your farm that this is no longer your home, for it now belongs to the crowd on your doorstep Then the drums begin to beat As the land invasions gather pace, the Retzlaffs begin an epic journey across Zimbabwe, facing eviction after eviction, trying to save the group of animals with whom they feel a deep and enduring bond the horsesWhen their neighbours flee to New Zealand, the Retzlaffs promise to look after their horses, and making similar promises to other farmers along their journey, not knowing whether they will be able to feed or save them, they amass an astonishing herd of overanimals But the final journey to freedom will be arduous, and they can take onlyhorsesEach with a different personality and story, it is not just the family who rescue the horses, but the horses who rescue the family Grey, the silver gelding the leader Brutus, the untamed colt Princess, the temperamental mare One Hundred and Four Horses is the story of an idyllic existence that falls apart at the seams, and a story of incredible bonds a love of the land, the strength of a family, and of the connection between man and the most majestic of animals, the horse


10 thoughts on “104 Horses: A Memoir of Farm and Family, Africa and Exile

  1. booklady booklady says:

    Pat and Mandy Metzlaff lost everything except what was most important love for each other, family and their animals, especially their horses They had worked hard to scratch a farm from the bush of Zimbabwe, formerly Rhodesia Married in 1978


  2. Trish Jackson Trish Jackson says:

    Compelling, heartbreaking and triumphant.This book is the voice of abandoned animals all over the world It tells the dreadful story of the plight of the animals in Zimbabwe While the human suffering is hard enough to digest, the fate of the horses


  3. Tirzah Tirzah says:

    This book swept me away I was completely engrossed reading it didn t want to put it down.I loved everything about this book I loved the author s descriptions of the wonderful, warm, generous Zimbabwean people minus the awful government war vets, of course


  4. Ashley Ashley says:

    One Hundred and Four Horses offered an exciting tale of adventure, not the kind you look for, and resilience Resilience of family, love and the will to survive and help your herd survive The author, her family, and their herd of horses facetrials than you could th


  5. Rosie Shephard Rosie Shephard says:

    This is an extraordinary true story of Mandy Amanda Retzlaff and her family as they brave Mugabe s stand in Zimbabwe Both charming and tragic, this well written book demonstrates the love between a family and their horses I would recommend this book to anyone who is inter


  6. Jill Jill says:

    I m not really a fan of animal themed books, they usually die so One hundred and four horses by Mandy Retzlaf, would not be something I would normally pick up However, the theme for Bookchat this month was animal stories, so this is what I went with And yes spoiler alert some hor


  7. Diana M. Hawkins Diana M. Hawkins says:

    A profoundly moving account of perseverance and courage.This is a riveting story of a couple s perseverance, courage and dedication to providing a safe home for 104 horses, many of which they generously took in after their owners were forced to abandon them during Zimbabwe s violent farm


  8. Megon Megon says:

    This was one of those books I just couldn t put down It really gave you an amazing look at a type of life that most people couldn t comprehend The strength and determination of these people is amazing Well worth reading I do need to disclose that I received the book for free through Goodreads Fi


  9. Liz Jurado Liz Jurado says:

    This was a fantastic book which appealed to me because I love animal stories, but turned out to be a history lesson told by a woman who was affected greatly I loved this book, in spite of the gruesome tragedies that befall the horses.


  10. Ashes Ashes says:

    Hands down one of the best books I ve read this year One to reread time and again for sure.


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