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  • Taschenbuch: 276 Seiten
  • Verlag: William Collins (3. Juli 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0007477562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007477562
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 2,2 x 19,7 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 374.048 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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'The dramatic narrative of their dangerous journey ... gives this epic its nail-biting edge. The horses, each with its own character, are the stars' The Times 'Brutally honest and often grisly, One Hundred and Four Horses [...] remains a powerful story of loss, desperation and, above all, hope. More than just a memoir, [...] the story is gripping, moving and disturbing all at once.' Horse and Hound

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Mandy Retzlaff grew up in Ghana before moving to what was then Rhodesia. She married her husband Patrick in 1978, and in 1980 they took up farming. After being forced to hand over their Farm to the Zimbabwe War Veterans Association in 2000, they eventually fled across the border to Mozambique, rescuing horses from other evicted farmers along the way. The Retzlaffs run a horse safari company on the Mozambique coast, taking tourists on rides through the wild and wonderful country that they now call home.

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This is the almost greatest book about horses and Africa I have ever read.
I am German and my Englich is not the very best (as you maybe notice) but this book is very easy to understand. I did not know every single word, but the context is very understandable.
The story is so heartbreaking. I read about this family, who have to flee several times, collecting horse after horse, so that thy have at the end of their journey onehundred and four horses. They have to suffer so much, and I asked me me several times, what I whould do, if I were in their position.
If you love horses and are interested in the life in Africa, you HAVE TO READ this book.
It is really gorgeous and also incredible
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Von Peter Durward Harris TOP 500 REZENSENT am 28. Dezember 2013
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In my last job, I met two expatriate white Zimbabweans. While I did not discuss the issues in their homeland extensively, they told me enough to cause me to realize that things were worse than is generally reported by the British media, whose coverage may be inhibited by fear of saying anything that might be seen as supporting the farmers who had so strongly opposed black majority rule.

Nevertheless, it is interesting to read this story of one white family in particular, along with their circle of friends and acquaintances, and the various situations they faced. I have no reason to believe that the author is telling anything other than the truth as she has seen it, especially given what I've heard and read elsewhere. Still, actually reading about it is something else.

Some families simply fled the country, emigrating mainly to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or England (where there is a significant Zimbabwean expatriate population in London and the home counties, including the two men that I met). The author's family stayed in Zimbabwe for as long as they could, dodging Mugabe's henchmen for as long as they could, but they eventually fled to Mozambique. While they were originally farmers in the general sense, once they realized that they couldn't do that, they focused on saving their horses, also taking over some of the abandoned horses left behind by emigrants. There were always far more of those than the family could accept; the rest were shot or left to run wild, along with the cattle and other livestock. There was a rescue service that helped household pets, but horses were not part of their service.
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Life with horses in Zimbabwe 1. September 2013
Von Peter Durward Harris - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
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In my last job, I met two expatriate white Zimbabweans. While I did not discuss the issues in their homeland extensively, they told me enough to cause me to realize that things were worse than is generally reported by the British media, whose coverage may be inhibited by fear of saying anything that might be seen as supporting the farmers who had so strongly opposed black majority rule.

Nevertheless, it is interesting to read this story of one white family in particular, along with their circle of friends and acquaintances, and the various situations they faced. I have no reason to believe that the author is telling anything other than the truth as she has seen it, especially given what I've heard and read elsewhere. Still, actually reading about it is something else.

Some families simply fled the country, emigrating mainly to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or England (where there is a significant Zimbabwean expatriate population in London and the home counties, including the two men that I met). The author's family stayed in Zimbabwe for as long as they could, dodging Mugabe's henchmen for as long as they could, but they eventually fled to Mozambique. While they were originally farmers in the general sense, once they realized that they couldn't do that, they focused on saving their horses, also taking over some of the abandoned horses left behind by emigrants. There were always far more of those than the family could accept; the rest were shot or left to run wild, along with the cattle and other livestock. There was a rescue service that helped household pets, but horses were not part of their service.

While it is difficult to read the story without having some sympathy for the white farming families, that sympathy is limited by the knowledge that they and / or their parents and grandparents refused to concede black majority rule, when there could have been a smoother transition and the likelihood of a more sensible black leader.

Whatever one thinks of the mess that is Zimbabwe, its politics and its history, this book presents a revealing perspective from the farming community's point of view.
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Couldn't put it down 15. Oktober 2013
Von Philip Trubey - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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There are two Amazon items for this book - the other one has a Kindle purchase link. Here's my review from the other item:

This book tells three stories. It is first and foremost a personal memoir of one farming family's life in Zimbabwe just as the civil war was winding down in the 1980's taking us through 30 years to present day. It is also a moving story about the horses they must care for during almost impossible conditions, and finally, it is a very close and personal view of what happened to Zimbabwe through Mugabe's disastrous dictatorship including the murder, looting and pillaging of white settler's farms.

The book gets going as the civil war ends and they settle down in an old abandoned farm that they laboriously rehabilitate through the years. They are commercial farmers, employing local workers and selling their goods to local and international markets. We get to see what life growing up on a farm surrounded by horses, livestock and wild African animals is like. And then the challenges begin. And by challenges, I mean, "it's a miracle we're still alive" challenges. While figuring out how to keep themselves safe, they also find ingenious ways to keep their growing herd of horses away from predators (including human ones who would eat them given the chance) - the herd grows as one family after another abandons the country leaving their horses behind. Over a fifteen year period, they find themselves on the move being forced out of one safe haven after another as Mugabe systematically destroys Zimbabwe's economy turning citizens into desperadoes. In the end, they find they cannot stay in Zimbabwe anymore so they flee to neighboring Mozambique - no picnic either.

Their horses, 104 by the time they trek into Mozambique, are lovingly described. You learn about horse care and training, their personalities and their strengths. This book appeals equally to the horse lover as well as anyone interested in recent history in a part of the world you hear little about.

A small telling anecdote - towards the end, as they are hosting some tourists on a seashore in Mozambique, the tourists look around and say the Retzlaff's must be so fortunate to be living in such a paradise! Tight smiles were available - if only they knew! Well, now we can.
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Beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, HOPEFUL! 25. August 2013
Von Klepper - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Read this book - the horses, the people and the land - deserve this incredible story to be known by many more.
You don't have a love Africa or horses to be moved by this tale. In my view it is a Hollywood Blockbuster begging to be made!

I know of Mandy and Pat - I had lived in Zimbabwe for many years - then from 2000 through to 2003 I sent a daily newsletter of media reports taken from the main news sites, of the Farm Invasions, showing what what the world was being old of "Resettling Landless Blacks"...by stealing them from commercial farmers who made Zimbabwe the "breadbasket of Africa"! As houses, school and clinics were destroyed, farm-workers, both black and white, were left destitute, homeless, helpless. Now, with 40% of all farms in the hands of Mugabe's cronies, this heartbreaking, yet life-affirming account of one family's true grit emerges to show the world the evil of this man and his regime.

Heartbreaking, with laugh out loud moments, it is thought-provoking and full of love...and not the bitterness you'd expect. It is full of hope, even when you wonder how someone who has been so much could ever carry on....How would you deal with it if you were forced from your home, your friends, your life...saw pets massacred and friends threatened, hurt, left helpless?

If you could do it with even a smidgen of the elan and selflessness (not to mention the sense of humour, laughter and love) of the Retzlaff clan...then you'd be a better person than I!
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A rollercoaster of emotion 22. Oktober 2013
Von IG - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
True animal lovers will find this book amazing. It is written so well that you cant help but become emotionally entangled in this story of tragedy hope courage and some humour. A really good read. Unfortunately the circumstances are true!
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Heartfelt and such a tug at the heart strings! 20. Oktober 2013
Von Kim Tutt-Monteith - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Just loved this book - can't recommend it enough. It was simply fantastic and the author made us part of her family through her story telling. I would so live to visit the Retzlaffs in Mozambique some day and meet some of the herd.
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