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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I think a great deal of this book is revisionist. This book was recommended by a friend who recently spent two weeks in Tanzania with the Masai people. Hofmann suffered several hardships, including diseases mainly malaria and marital problems. Once she was settled into life with the Masai, it was interesting and hard to believe this is a true story.

It is interesting despite its faults. 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. I wanted to fall sorry for her but couldn’t. I opened the inside cover and read that the book was an autobiography about a Swiss woman who fell instantly in love with a Masai man and gave up her life in Switzerland to live with the man in the African bush.

This book is often described as an ultimate love story between a White woman and her Masai. I don’t think I would have done that.

It does not get four stars because I think the prose is beautiful or profound. Ships from and sold by Tucker’s Treasures.



The way corinnf men and women relate in their different cultures, the way food is made, the way weddings occur, etc. The writing is pretty awful, the actual events are infuriating and the end result is not surprising. On the other hand, I admired the author.

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?

Three days after they arrived, she spotted Lketinga: You have another man, Corinne. The White Masai combines adventure and the pursuit of passion in a page-turning story of two star-crossed lovers from vastly different backgrounds.

And what is a Samburu warrior doing at the coast?

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She fell in love with a Samburu then became a masai? I struggled with this book. She married a warrior who couldn’t count numbers, money, etc. See and discover other items: Maybe it was a clash of class rather than culture.

She returned to visit her Samburu family for the first time in Sep 26, Marcia rated it it was amazing. The four-million-copy international bestseller of the incredible love story between a European woman and an African warrior. It was educational to me as well, because I never would have believed that someone could make lif I found this book incredibly annoying!

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The White Masai by Corinne Hofmann

Was her love with Lketinga ever real or was it just infatuation? Because even an idiot could see that a relationship with her would destroy him. Call her silly and obsessive, or naive and innocent, Corinne does manage to find the Masai and he reciprocated her feelings. Share your thoughts with other customers. One glance at a Masai warrior “wearing almost no clothes—just a short loincloth—but lots of jewelry,” and Hofmann, a Swiss business woman on vacation in Kenya, abandons all in obsessive pursuit of Lketinga who has “never been to school, can’t read or write and hwite speaks English.


To go to college? My experiences in Namibia reminded me of my time in the Kenyan savannah and I felt like going back to the country in which I had left part of my heart in and in which my daughter was born. Read it for a description of how domestic abuse starts and spirals out of control without your even realising it.

She spoke no Swahili and he spoke no German. In a way I think this book’s strength and its weakness are one and the same: Born on June 4, to a German father and a French whitw, Corinne studied in hofmqnn canton of Glarus and eventually went into the retail trade.

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