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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‘White Masai’ rediscovers passion for Africa – SWI

I met splendid red women, entirely covered with a type of ochre powder mixed with oil. All other rights remain the property of swissinfo.

I really enjoyed reading it and found her detail incredibly believable and managed to feel like I was there along for the ride with her. She falls in love with a man for his looks alone.

She fell in love with a Samburu then became a masai? She was 26 at the time. Still, I’m going to persist for 2 reasons – firstly, I’d like to be proven wrong about her and secondly, it is set in Kenya so the setting is interestingly familiar I first noticed the word Masai, and thought back to some comments my friend Penny had made after her trip to Kenya where she visited a Masai village. Decisions like to marry a man from a totally alien culture having only met him once and not even being able to communicate in the same language!

It is interesting despite its faults. This is a true autobiography of a Swiss, German speaking twenty something tourist in the late ‘s in Kenya, falling in love at first sight with a young Massai. The way the men and women relate in their different cultures, the way food is made, the way weddings occur, etc. As far as I could tell the only Kenyans she felt particularly close with were Lketinga’s mother and the vet’s wife who was Kenyan, right?


When I was in Africa and spent a day at a Masai village I could not understand homann they continue to live in their huts. It is also a little weird how she gets obsessed with a man she knows nothing about.

Corinne Hofmann

The first is an account of trekking I did between May and July in Namibia, the second tells of my travels around slums in Nairobi in Kenya, where I was introduced to humanitarian aid and social projects, and the third, certainly the most moving, is centred on the first meeting between my daughter Napirai — born July 1, in Wamba in north Kenya from my marriage with Lketinga, a Samburu warrior [Masai tribe] – and her father and his family.

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. What made me uncomfortable was her complete lack of regard for the culture she barged her way into.

It felt like he let her hang around because she was a novelty and had a seemingly endless bank account. This book tells the story of the men and women of Fighter Command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout Britain to thwart the Nazis.

Once the initial lust is satiated, she does genuinely fall in love and tries against all odds to keep the relationship going. Other tribals who herd animals work hard over the day and enjoy with other people in the evenings, but Lketinga seems to spend most of his time attending weddings and doing nothing constructive.


Thankfully the book doesn’t get bogged down completely in the “romance” aspect.

The White Masai by Corinne Hofmann

Quite a description, and, after all, the book has sold four million copies wgite its publication in Germany in May 13, Nancy Schober rated it did not like it Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet.

Monday 31 December Her ‘ I am a bit conflicted about this book.

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Her very first thoughts, upon seeing Lketinga for the first time, are: I had to therefore wait until my daughter was ready to discover her African roots. I can’t imagine how awful and shameful he felt.

The White Masai

Against the odds Hofmann succeeds in marrying Lketinga, first living with him in his family village where she opens a shop selling sugar and provisions to the locals. Hofmann begins with details of a vacation trip to Kenya with her then-boyfriend. But Hofmamn enjoyed every moment of this trip because I was undergoing a unique and unforgettable experience. 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, Now – before I started and indeed after reading the first few chapters, this book is making me angry.