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The Fiercest Heart

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The Trek
For days on end the wagon train had pushed toward its unknown destination.

The Boers held a vision of their new home in their hearts -- a vision that gave them courage against the horrors of Zulu attacks, fire, treachery, and the danger of wild animals.

They had sworn to win their freedom in a new land and nothing would keep them from it. All Africa was the prize if
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320 pages
Published 1969 by Macfadden-Bartell
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Dorcas
Jul 03, 2015 Dorcas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The story of Boer trekkers, leaving the influence of English rule on the coast and forging new lives in the interior.

Sometimes I loved this book, especially the beginning, but more frequently I hated it. The story itself is good, but the characters...ai yi yi. Written by an obviously horny male, he writes as though all everyone thinks of is their almost animal like bodily passions, from childhood onwards. (even using the phrase "being serviced" for women as though they were mares).
Even rape is
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Karen GoatKeeper
Apr 22, 2014 Karen GoatKeeper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Open this book and go on a voortrek in the 1800s with some Boer farmers fleeing the British control and taxes near Capetown, South Africa. There is a glossary of South African terms that helps with the vocabulary.
Meet the Boers. These farmers came from Europe but have had no real ties or contact for years if not generations. Religion is very important to them. Often the Bible is the only book ever seen or read.
Meet the Kaffirs or natives. These can be the Zulus. They can be other native peoples.
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Wessel van der Merwe
A nostalgic small trek love story - this is what tis book is about. Romanticizing a trek, its trials, fights, victories, death and eventual end. All possible characters included, boers, slave dealers, The British, and then also renegades and the our black people. The only clear political right conclusion is that the black/ white issue already existed at this time...colonials and settlers versus Africa.
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Aug 26, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A trek in South Africa.
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Stuart Cloete was born in France in 1897 to a Scottish mother and South African father. (His ancestors had come from Holland with Jan Van Riebeck to establish a settlement for the Dutch East India Company).
He remembered his early years in Victorian Paris with sweet nostalgia, but the ideal was shattered when he began his schooling in France and England. He never excelled academically and - in his
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