Josh Johnson is a farmer who also breeds Shire horses and, with almost fanatical devotion, brings them to championship status. But when his best horse is injured and an outbreak of foot and mouth disease strikes the area, it seems his dreams are falling apart...An excellent adult novel of horses, the countryside and farming....
|Title||:||Breed of Giants|
|Number of Pages||:||190 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Breed of Giants Reviews
Somehow, I just didn't enjoy it. The farming life and people described were grim, and the "happy" ending was just too much deus ex machina for my taste.
Joyce Stranger's attempts to bring countryside traditions to a wider audience before they die out completely is admirable. However some of her novels are rather too much "Nature red in tooth and claw" for me to take, and this is one of them. It is ostensibly a novel about Shire horses; a giant breed now no longer used in farming or as carthorses, but kept on with pride by owners who compete for the most magnificent breed horse. The descriptions of the problems faced by both people (evicted from their cottages) and animals (hounded/shot by people, facing lack of food or territory) - and even the land itself (destroyed by motorways) is relentless.Joyce Stranger herself found that animal stories were often inaccurate and too sentimental. She deliberately did not anthropomorphise, and her novels are frequently downbeat. I found it all so depressing that I could not finish this book.
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I enjoyed reading and getting to know Jake's shires in this story. The highs and lows of owning horses is costly, and can be sad or bright. The characters are on point and I like the Huntsman. He's one smart old cookie. I was a bit disappointed that the shires weren't more prominent in the story, but realized that this is a story of community. And it is a good one, one that has gone into the past. Oh, for old stories like this one! A very good book to read!
This is a funny, lovely, nostalgic, wonderful book about the Shire Horses bred in a small English village. Great reading for those interested in the English countryside, preservation of communities not just buildings, and a rural way of life, great reading for horse lovers and those who grew up or still live in the country themselves . . . you will recognize many of the personalities in this book even though they are an ocean and a generation or two away !
Breed of Giants by Joyce Stranger is a tale of hard working farmers and their life in a small country town. Josh Johnson breeds Shire horses on his farm, eager to keep alive a breed that is no longer being solely utilised for farm work.Josh and his wife Peg struggle to keep things afloat financially and an attack on one of Josh’s great stallions dashes his dreams of promoting the breed further whilst also earning a nice income... more at http://equus-blog.com/breed-of-giants/
Joyce Stranger was my young teenage reading and I particularly loved the horsey ones. I remember these books with great affection.