[ books pdf ] Wild Horses of the Summer Sun: A Memoir of IcelandAuthor Tory Bilski – Hometrainer-tests.de

A wondrous story of adventure and friendship featuring a group of women who ride Icelandic horses Each June, Tory Bilski meets up with fellow women travelers in Reykjavik where they head to northern Iceland, near the Greenland Sea They escape their ordinary lives to live an extraordinary one at a horse farm perched at the edge of the world If only for a short while When they first came to Thingeryar, these women were strangers to one another The only thing they had in common was their passion for Icelandic horses However, over the years, their relationships with each other deepens, growing older together and keeping each other young Combining the self discovery Eat, Pray, Love, the sense of place of Under the Tuscan Sun, and the danger of Wild, Wild Horses of the Summer Sun revels in Tory s quest for the wild inside her These women leave behind the usual troubles at home affairs, sick parents, troubled teenagers, financial worries and embrace their desire for adventure Buoyed by their friendships with each other and their growing attachments and bonds with the otherworldly horses they ride, the warmth of Tingeryar s midnight sun carries these women through the rest of the year s trials and travails Filled with adventure and fresh humor, as well as an incredible portrait of Iceland and its remarkable equines, Wild Horses of the Summer Sun will enthrall and delight not just horse lovers, but those of us who yearn for a little wild in everyday life

11 thoughts on “Wild Horses of the Summer Sun: A Memoir of Iceland

  1. Heather K. Heather K. says:

    Woven throughout this memoir is a story of a people, a place, and a mythology of a time when women rode horses to better understand themselves and their world More than myth are the stories told of these women, from their initial meeting to their annual trips to Iceland to reconnect with the Icelandic horses and the stark beauty of the country itself.Wild Horses of the Summer Sun is an enjoyable and easy read as we journey with Tory to Iceland to meet with fellow travellers and horse lovers Viv, Kat, Esther, and others As they come together to explore the countryside and bond with their horses, the women reflect on their lives and what has led each of them to this wild place, and attempt to seek out the wild wisdom and resilience within themselves When I die this is how I want to enter the other world, on the back of a horse that is swimming in a cold lake, reflects Tory part way through the book Later, she poignantly muses, Did I leave my imprint on the history of the land the way it has left its imprint on me This is a memoir to savour, to delight in, to laugh with and cry with It s a memoir that leaves its own imprint on the reader long after the final pages are turned and that imprint is borne of the wild winds off the glaciers, the grasses around thundering hooves, the whip of manes and the feel of flying on a horse s back.I received an e ARC from the publisher, Pegasus, through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  2. Orphycat Orphycat says:

    A wonderful book I have been to Iceland twice and am so in love with the country and the horses They are HORSES, not PONIES But even if I didn t have that in my background, this book would be a great read As an avid reader I read than a hundred books each year I have a bookshelf of all time favorites, and this book will live there It s one of the best of the great ones.

  3. Susan Engle Susan Engle says:

    You don t often get to be a part of a group of this kind of women who travel to Iceland yearly to live a week of amazing life Instead of coming of age, it is the story of adventure of women of a certain age How I assimilate into this world For several years I wanted an Icelandic pony I do have gaited horses I understand the comfort and rhythm of these gaits I love this book

  4. JBT JBT says:

    The pleasure of travel to new places is always enhanced by an inward journey Tory Bilski s Wild Horses of the Summer Sun, is a tale of both, travel to an exotic and then uncommon destination as well as the subtext of what she shares about her personal life, concerns universal to us all Her narrative is about her many journeys to Iceland to ride horses While she falls for the sport, the country s unique landscape and weather, she forges long term relationships with other women also there to ride horses Their ponies carry them through fields, along trails and the coast of Northern Iceland, and near fjords and glaciers They ride horses that swim across a lake on a foggy day, and strive to achieve the perfect tolt or natural gait during seasonal long days lit by the summer sun The ponies of Iceland are full grown horses but smaller in stature, bred to be be tough, adaptable and resilient much like Bilski and her adventure loving colleagues, who ride during yearly trips that span than a decade Bilski s luminous writing is amusing, brilliant in nuanced detail of the natural beauty of the Icelandic landscape, and skillful in retelling of its rich folklore The story is interwoven with her astute observations on life dealing with care of aging parents, fretting over difficult communication with her children, and truisms about grief, love and envy The adventure is about finding joy and allowing yourself to go to that place.

  5. A. Rose-Shapiro A. Rose-Shapiro says:

    What a wonderful book, not just about Icelandic horses and riding in Iceland, but the nature of a place and time, and how it comes together to become a special place in our hearts and minds Beautifully and honestly told, the story is universal and very moving.

  6. Beverly S Beverly S says:

    Tori Bilski writes with words full of texture and flavor to ruminate on Through her introspection she describes her deep connection to Iceland, imparting to the reader its history, strength and myths She opens the reader to the idea off how a place can so deeply affect a person it becomes a part of who they are I enjoyed getting to know all of her traveling companions, women of character who are characters themselves Together they create an atmosphere of magic, laughter and support Funny, bittersweet, colorful, Wild Horses of the Summer Sun will be a book to keep on the shelf and re read Highly recommend

  7. Diane Diane says:

    What a magnificent memoir I started reading it and couldn t put it down Ms Bilski s writing is so vivid that she puts you smack dab into the group troting across the vistas of Iceland I loved spending the day with her on her trips to be with her beloved Icelandic horses A very contented reader

  8. Maddie Maddie says:

    Ordered Wild Horses of the Summer Sun because i loved my one trip to Iceland and completely loved this book Beautifully written, funny a page turner Exciting riding scenes even for a non horse person , fascinating tidbits about Iceland, its history and horses combine with wonderful insights about women traveling together and deep female friendships A real treasure.

  9. Some Person Some Person says:

    I had a hard time putting down this adventurous, honest, wondrous memoir I m not a rider and I ve never been to Iceland, but I found myself entirely enthralled by the stories of these women and their annual gatherings The author s personality and voice feel clear and frank, and it s easy to relate to her words and feel completely sucked in to the experience.

  10. z55z.co Customer z55z.co Customer says:

    What a lovely read The author really took me there with her and her descriptiveness brought the place and the horses to life in my mind.

  11. redfox_in CNY redfox_in CNY says:

    I am an Icelandic horse owner though a trip to Iceland is on my bucket list I have many friends who have gone and ridden and I really need to make of an effort after reading Tory s memoir She did a fabulous job of explaining the country, its people and of course its horses.