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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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. Isn’t love very dangerous?

I can’t wait to get to the end That is, when he is not chewing miraa or drinking beer. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. It is also a little weird hogmann she gets obsessed with a man she knows nothing about.

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Every time she called Lketinga “my darling,” I wanted to vomit. When I was in Africa and spent a day at a Masai village I could not understand how they continue to live in their huts. What separates those of whjte who make rash judgements for hofmanb and those who don’t? The author ehite the relationship in the worst possible way, mistaking lust for love, plunging in without finding out about the life, the culture, or indeed the man himself, and sacrificing everything for this man she barely knows whilst convincing herself that her happiness depends entirely upon him.

The way she leaves him is devastating. As a woman who also fell head over heels in love with a man from a completely different culture, I was curious to see what would happen.

I have heard that when the children go away to school, nine out of 10 do not return home.


I could not wait to leave cause the smoke was making my eyes tear and I felt Asthmatic. She didn’t know the first thing about cultural mores or expectations. One of the interesting parts of the story was how he changed because of her, and not in the best way. Views Read Edit View history. And every time she called him “my warrior” or “my Masai” I found my teeth clenching. And why have your baby out in the hellish bush with lions and snakes and God-knows-what lurking about when you can hormann it in the air-conditioned comfort of a proper hospital where the staff not only shower now and then but also give you DRUGS!

It felt tedious at times simply due to the repetitive grinding toil whiye author recounts week on week; I lost count of the number of journeys she had to make in her car to the nearest village to get supplies during which the car broke down yet again. The whole idea of falling instantly in love with anyone is just silly, and completely ludicrous if that person can’t speak your language and is culturally about as different from you as it’s possible to be.

Specifically applying to all wihte, folders, data and their content provided for download by the swissinfo. If I have to say one good thing about it to give it one star, the writing isn’t bad, but I don’t know if that is the translating but I will give it one star for that, Now to the anger part. He makes illogical decisions in the business, throws tantrums at customers and behaves atrociously at the hired workers.

And yet, I have to admit, I did finish the book cover to cover, due to this sense of morbid fascination with the disaster unfolding before me. The power difference between the two was so great. She falls in love with a man for his looks alone. On both counts, I think this book is a solid four.


She started living in a humble hut in the Samburu district. All in all, it was an amazing book that made me experience the whole spectrum of emotions from deep sadness to cornine. Perhaps, as the book is translated, something was lost in the translation. Three days after they arrived, she spotted Lketinga: She married the man under the Kenyan law and gave everything to make a nice future for hotmann of them.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. While I also didn’t agree with everything if anything? There’s a tremendous amount of racism displayed, for example: She might have lived among the Maasai, but she never fully integrated; her good friends in Kenya were white; even had she stayed longer she was always going to be, to some degree hhe other, an outsider. Slowly but surely, the dream starts to crumble, and she hatches a plan to return home with her daughter, a baby born of the seemingly indestructible love between a white European woman and a Masai.

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

THE WHITE MASAI by Corinne Hofmann , Peter Millar | Kirkus Reviews

Get to Know Us. If you read the whole book, it is his looks alone that she thinks she loves and maybe her imagination of what a Masai warrior is and anything at all about the culture.

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