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ISBN13: 9780061131523
ISBN10: 0061131520
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The four-million-copy international bestseller of the incredible love story between a European woman and an African warrior

The White Masai combines adventure and the pursuit of passion in a page-turning story of two star-crossed lovers from vastly different backgrounds. Corinne, a European entrepreneur, meets Lketinga, a Samburu warrior, while on vacation in Mombasa on Kenya's glamorous coast.Despite language and cultural barriers, they embark on an impossible love affair. Corinne uproots her life to move to Africa—not the romantic Africa of popular culture, but the Africa of the Masai, in the middle of the isolated bush, where five-foot-tall huts made from cow dung serve as homes. Undaunted by wild animals, hunger, and bouts with tropical diseases, she tries to forge a life with Lketinga. But slowly the dream starts to crumble when she can no longer ignore the chasm between their two vastly different cultures.

A story that taps into our universal belief in the power of love, The White Masai is at once a hopelessly romantic love story, a gripping adventure yarn, and a compulsively good read.

Review:

"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 barely speaks English.' The passion is palpable and sometimes purple ('I feel myself at one with this man and now, this night, I know that despite all the barriers between us, I have already become a captive of his world'). Seekers of romance and adventure will be amply rewarded, but the power of Hofmann's memoir rests in her hard-won capacity to take the reader inside the domestic world of the African bush as she learns to be Lketinga's wife (living in her own dung hut), grappling with unfamiliar sexual and gender manners and struggling to balance her commitment to bush life with the knowledge and resources she has as a European woman (acquiring a car, starting a business). The idyll, spoiled by Lketinga's bouts of jealous fits, ends after four years when Hofmann, with their daughter, flees to Switzerland. Hofmann's commitment, however, lingers and infuses her account with an affecting richness that defies the reader to ridicule her decision to give 'up [her] whole life back in Switzerland for Lketinga.'" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

This page-turning tale puts an African spin on "Not Without My Daughter" when a woman abandons her business, family, and own country to follow a Masai warrior. 8-page color photo insert.

About the Author

Corinne Hofmann has written three books based on her life story, including two sequels to The White Masai—Back from Africa, which is a bestseller in Germany, and Reunion in Barsaloi, which was released in 2005. She lives with her teenage daughter in Switzerland.

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CollegeReader, September 5, 2011 (view all comments by CollegeReader)
I was skeptic at first, knowing this to be a romance novel, and a translation at that. The first few pages were stuffed with a bit too much cheese for my liking. And then the author tries to kiss her Masai warrior and he freaks out. It was then that I realized this book isn't meant to be taken 100% seriously. There is a dose of humor that makes this a light read, good for the weekend. What makes this story worth telling is the details. The story-line itself is incredible and I found myself turning the page eager for more of the specific day-to-day observations about life with a Masai. The romance is cute, but this book is really for readers who want to transport themselves to Africa for the time being.
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moosenp, December 7, 2006 (view all comments by moosenp)
Hofmann is an idiot. A doctor in the book tells her she is stupid and that is true. She has an erotic obsession with a Maisai and stalks him. She never attempts to learn about his culture and is shocked when things are not as she thinks they should be. She is horribly ethnocentric. She endangers her life and that of her child because she cannot bear to give up her sexual fantasy. She does not demonstrate any insight and learns nothing during her 4 years with this man. This book is written in a stream of consciousness stilted manner. By the time I was halfway through this waste of paper I had decided to no longer waste any more of my life reading it. I read the end and got out.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061131523
Publisher:
Amistad
Subject:
General
Translator:
Millar, Peter
Author:
Hofmann, Corinne
Author:
by Corinne Hofmann
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Kenya
Subject:
Masai (african people)
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General Biography
Edition Number:
4
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20061010
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.05 in 18.48 oz

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Africa » Kenya
Travel » Travel Writing » Africa and Middle East
Travel » Travel Writing » General

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Product details 320 pages Amistad Press - English 9780061131523 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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 barely speaks English.' The passion is palpable and sometimes purple ('I feel myself at one with this man and now, this night, I know that despite all the barriers between us, I have already become a captive of his world'). Seekers of romance and adventure will be amply rewarded, but the power of Hofmann's memoir rests in her hard-won capacity to take the reader inside the domestic world of the African bush as she learns to be Lketinga's wife (living in her own dung hut), grappling with unfamiliar sexual and gender manners and struggling to balance her commitment to bush life with the knowledge and resources she has as a European woman (acquiring a car, starting a business). The idyll, spoiled by Lketinga's bouts of jealous fits, ends after four years when Hofmann, with their daughter, flees to Switzerland. Hofmann's commitment, however, lingers and infuses her account with an affecting richness that defies the reader to ridicule her decision to give 'up [her] whole life back in Switzerland for Lketinga.'" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , This page-turning tale puts an African spin on "Not Without My Daughter" when a woman abandons her business, family, and own country to follow a Masai warrior. 8-page color photo insert.

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