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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books wyite want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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 Ke Whlte four-million-copy international bestseller of the incredible love story between a European woman and an African warrior.
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. Hardcoverpages. Published October 10th by Amistad first published The White Masai 1. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Corihne Masaiplease sign up.
Books that talk about doing something to stretch one’s boundariesin the physical world or in the world of one’s imagination are interesting to me. Crossing cultures can be likened to a difficult journey over rough terrain, yet the end result can be rewarding, if not life changing.
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Swiss woman falls in love with a stunningly beautiful Masai man. Sometimes they sell souvenirs to tourists and eat in cafes in the city. Sometimes they live in his mother’s dark round mud, cow shit and straw hut and eat raw meat and drink blood drained from a living cow. In the hut, away from the town, she finds out that sexual manners for Masai are that she lies there absolutely still and shows no passion just as if she had her clitoris cut off and labia sewn up like the real Masai women.
Perha Swiss woman falls in love with a stunningly beautiful Masai man. Perhaps she lay there thinking of writing this book in the short time before it’s over. The marriage doesn’t last either. That’s the nugget of it anyway. But who could resist falling for that beautiful man? Here is a link to a blog about Masai women’s lives Here is a blog of the ten countries with the most beautiful men in Africa.
I was ok with these good looking men until I got to the last one. Oh my, oh oh my. I’d have lived in a hut too If that link doesn’t work, go here and search for Somalia. Corinne did the right thing, sometimes what ultimately is wrong, was right. Sometimes the means are all that counts. View all 19 comments. Now – before I started and indeed after reading the first few chapters, this book is making me angry.
Angry is maybe not the right word. I just think that she’s an ignorant dufus. Who makes a decision to change your life so dramatically and invade someone else’s home based on deciding you’ve fallen in love with someone you’ve just glimpsed?? This happens while she’s on holiday, she goes home for 6 months and then comes back to find him which she does – coriinne worry, this is all very early on, Now – before I started and indeed corinnne reading the first few chapters, this book is making me angry.
This happens while she’s on holiday, she goes home for 6 months and then comes back to find him which she does – don’t worry, this is all very early on, not giving much away. There is not an inkling in the book so far that she coirnne in any way tried to learn anything about his culture or language during that time. It makes me really annoyed. Still, I’m going to persist for 2 reasons – firstly, I’d like to coirnne proven wrong about her and secondly, it is set in Kenya so the setting is interestingly familiar View all 8 maaai.
Feb 23, Badly Drawn Girl rated it it was ok. I struggled with this book. The beginning is so unbelievable that I was left feeling uncomfortable by how shallow this woman was.
I find it ironic that she has said in an interview that a lot of people are uncomfortable with the fact that she married and had a baby with a black man. As a mother of two biracial sons, I can guarantee that is not what made me uncomfortable. What made me uncomfortable was her complete lack of regard for cornne culture she barged her way into.
She didn’t know the first I struggled with this book. She didn’t know the first thing about cultural mores or expectations.
She didn’t even know the man she was supposedly in love with. How do you fall in love with someone that you masao communicate with, have little to nothing in common with, doesn’t even satisfy you physically, and has dramatically different ideas on gender equality, raising children and life than you do??
And every time hotmann called him “my warrior” or “my Masai” I found my teeth clenching. She didn’t win him at the carnival and yet the feeling that I got was that she felt she had won a rare prize. Thankfully the book doesn’t get bogged down completely in the “romance” aspect. Her adventures in the bush, her struggles to understand her role in the community and all the characters she meets adds immensely to the book’s appeal.
It is interesting in that respect and as the love between her and Lketinga whitd off I was able to enjoy the story more.
I really wish I could give it another half star but I can’t justify giving it 3 stars so I’m going with the lower rating. Oct 12, Idrissa marked it maswi nope. She fell in love with a Samburu then became a masai? Those are two vastly different nomadic tribes in Kenya.
And what is a Samburu warrior doing at the coast? It’s in the south east.
They’re pastoralists who reside in ahite central upper Rift Valley. They’re not exactly touristy. I’m so fucking tired of wypipo milking our culture for profit and this bish churned out four books and a movie? Hofmannn book is more pandering to the white saviour trope and it should be nuked from The fuck? This book is more pandering to the white saviour trope and it should be nuked from the orbit.
Didn’t we suffer enough with Avatar? View all 10 comments. Jul 24, Leslie rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Now ladies, what have we learned here? 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.
It’s not only vulgar but also dangerous. No man hofmabn worth dysentary, diptheria and yellow fever.
And let’s be honest dearie, I doubt even Martha Stewart herself could do much with a cow dung hut. And why have your baby out in the hhofmann bush with lions and snakes and God-knows-what lurking about when you Now ladies, what have we learned here?
And why have your baby out in the hellish bush with lions and snakes and God-knows-what lurking about when you can have tne in the air-conditioned comfort of a proper hospital where the staff wgite only shower now and then but also give you DRUGS! Yes girls, let us learn from this poor woman’s experience and stay at home to have our wild flings.
Home, where deoderant, toothbrushes and diapers are always to be found. They are on the shelf, just there, next to the mosquito repellant. View all 4 comments. Feb 23, Oana rated it did not like it Shelves: I initially picked it up due to my interest in the subject matter; I having a passing interest in anthropology and enjoy hofmznn about other cultures, and have read a couple of books before about the tribes of this region of Africa.
This seemed like just the thing; someone with knowledge of both western and Masai culture telling the ultimate tale of becoming immersed in another culture for life. I became concerned early on when Corinne recounts whute, on holiday in Kenya with her wihte, she is immediately struck by the good looks of a Masai warrior.
Her very first thoughts, upon seeing Lketinga for the first time, are: Compared with what I feel for Lketinga, everything that I have felt up until now seems laughable.