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.
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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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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.)
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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