Thirteen years ago after causing a sensation with her book The White Masai, Corinne Hofmann has returned to the theme of Africa with her new. In fact, the picture tells a pretty accurate story. Some years ago Hofmann, a businesswoman who owned a clothes shop in Switzerland, visited. Aminatta Forna reviews The White Masai by Corinne Hofmann.

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Now – before I started and indeed after reading the first few chapters, this book is making me angry.

It’s not only vulgar but also dangerous. I can’t get over her spunk! Or to have a child with that man, out in the bush with no access to much water except what you collect yourself from the river and then complain about having to wash nappies by hand so that your knuckles are worn to the bone!

Jul 12, Agreenhouse rated it it was ok. The way the men and women relate in their different cultures, the way food is made, the way weddings occur, etc.

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While Corinne is busy trying to make a living and make her relationship work, her husband, Lketinga wanders aimlessly about the place, being completely useless. Crossing cultures can be whte to a difficult journey over rough terrain, yet the end result can be rewarding, if not life changing. It described in details the everyday life of Samburu people wyite the dry lands of Kenya; their odd beliefs, daily struggles for food and water as well as the significant role Priests and European doctors play in their lives.

If interested at all in the Masai, you will enjoy the details of this read. She is a “piece of work” and I couldn’t believe my eyes and what she goes through for “love’ Her daughter could have been in danger of female circumcision and being married off as a second wife if she couldn’t get her out of the country.


But wgite people who have nothing, who fight to survive, have a great zest for life.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. We were accompanied by a Namibian boy aged 22 who drove the camels which were transporting the tents and luggage. Any other use of the website content beyond the use stipulated above, particularly the distribution, modification, transmission, storage and copying requires prior written consent of swissinfo. Surely that many people couldn’t be wrong.

Warrior as house husband

Perha Swiss woman falls in love with a stunningly beautiful Masai man. In particular, any sale or commercial use of these data is prohibited.

When on vacation in a foreign country, don’t fall in lust with the noble savage right in front of, and in spite of, your current boyfriend. But the adventure part caught me up – and her travels in the Land Rover were especially interesting.

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The Samburu are a pastoralist people related to the Maasaiand live in small villages in an arid area of central Kenya. Disagreed with her choices, but absolutely fascinated by her life in Africa.

Aug 13, Denise rated it really liked it Recommends it for: She married the man under the Kenyan law and gave everything to make a nice future for both of them. The Best Books of When the reality turns out to be incontrovertible the relationship falls apart.

But in spite of this, I began to warm up to her. There was no way he could ever feel confident of her fidelity with such vast disparity between them. Explore the Home Gift Guide. As I said she is a good business woman. The first meeting with her father at Maralal was moving and the subsequent trip to Barsaloi allowed her to get closer to the real Africa. Oh I loved this book.


The language, gender, cultural barriers are so significant that if this book were fiction verses a memoir i’d put it down because the premise would seem so preposterous. Just because a woman is naive or innocent, does not mean it is okay to mistreat her or abuse her! Apr 28, Alayne rated it liked it. The four-million-copy international bestseller of the incredible love story between a European woman and an African warrior. Oct 18, Jo rated it liked it Shelves: Many times, she wrote of stress, being tired and being emotionally drained.

I think it’s fair to remember, English is not her first language and I am assuming she wrote it in German and it was then translated?

She doesn’t seem to spend much time being homesick, and she puts a lot of effort into making things work. She “responded to her inner child.

Is love ever clear? May 13, Nancy Schober rated it did not like it Shelves: I also liked Father Guilio though I generally don’t have much time for missionaries. View all 3 comments.

As a love story it had very little to offer, but what I found most fascinating about it, is its Cultural context. Quotes from The White Masai.

I could not wait to leave cause the smoke was making my eyes tear and I felt Asthmatic.