One Hundred and Four Horses Hardcover – 15 Aug 2013
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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
About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
If you love horses, love Africa, love Zimbabwe, or simply enjoy a good story, well told, then this book is for you.
Be warned however, There are some dreadful accounts of cruelty which have however been sensitively handled by the author.
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 none of the bitterness you'd expect. It is full of hope, even when you wonder how someone 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) of the Retzlaff clan...then you'd be a better person than I!
You don't have a love Africa or horses to be moved by this incredible true story. In my view it is a Hollywood Blockbuster begging to be made!
The insight into a personal experience of the sufferings of Zimbabwe at the hands of its political masters was a powerful one. But most of all, the determination of the Retzlaffs to salvage something from the wreckage of a country being asset-stripped was awe-inspiring. One Hundred and Four Horses will remain with me: a wonderful read and a wonderful true-life story.
I have never in my life read a book that has affected me so deeply.
This book is based on a true story but i deliberately never read other peoples reviews on books, i much prefer to make up my own ind and too many people include spoilers which i despise.
Anyway, a family are ousted from their family farm in Zimbabwe by tyrant dictator Robert Mugabe and they set off on a journey to a new life amassing horses as they go.
They take in other peoples horses along the way, struggling not only to feed the horses but themselves.
At a terrible stage in the journey they have to make the heartbreaking decision to decide which horses they will continue to take with them and which ones they will leave to die.
I cannot post anymore of the story because you really should read it for yourself.
I sobbed, like a 2 year old, tears streaming down my face, chest racking sobs that i haven't experienced since the notebook, yes i am a sap.
This would make a remarkable film, im thinking Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, that's how i see it in my head anyway.
If Clint directs this, bot oh boy im thinking Oscar winning..
A truly remarkable book that will continue to make an impression on me my whole life..
Honestly, I think it would have been kinder for everyone involved to shoot the horses. I felt they suffered the most in this misguided attempt to "rescue" them. Reading through the book and comming across all the unhappy incidents just reinforces that sometimes the kindest thing to do is to put animals down - especially if the alternative is the ordeal that these poor buggers endured.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a fantastic story some of which you find hard to believe. I have a friend who lived in Rhodesia and came to England but her brother had to get out of Rhodesia because of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Book worm
Excellent book the best I have read in a long time - makes you laugh and cry.Published 1 month ago by Jen 78
I can't imagine how anyone could have lived through what they lived through and still remain upbeat, but they did. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wellheld
This is a moving narrative of commitment to horses in defiance of personal interests. The family had so much to get through and so much to face up to - so much was lost and there... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bobbie Ann Cole
Not only gives you an insight into Zimbabwe's problems but the plight of farmers losing their land and homes but also their lives at times. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Maz
Difficult to put this book down once started. Descriptive text is so vivid that I felt I was with this brave couple and their horses,
And would recommend to anyone who shares... Read more