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The White Masai [Kindle Edition]

Corinne Hofmann , Peter Millar
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Corinne Hofmann falls in love with a Masai warrior while on holiday in Kenya. A hopelessly romantic love story, a gripping adventure yarn and, incidentally, a fine piece of meticulously observed social anthropology.

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I've been completely riveted by it - in fact haven't put it down all morning. What an amazing story!... one of the bravest and most vivid I've read in years and I'm not surprised it's a bestseller' - Deborah Moggach

About the Author

Corinne Hofmann, 45, lives in a villa on Lake Lugano with her teenage daughter. Back from Africa, the sequel to The White Masai, is still riding high on the bestseller lists and the third book, Reunion in Barsaloi, about her return to Kenya where husband and wife are reunited after 14 years, will be launched in Germany this June. Visit

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 584 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1905147058
  • Publisher: Bliss; New Ed edition (24 April 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071B70U4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,427 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Love story?? Not much... 25 April 2011
This is one of those books that on the face of it should be fascinating, but a clunky style (maybe partly due to translators, but it's hard to say) and the fact that Hoffman seems (to put it generously) a little naive, make it a hard book to really like.

It's marketed as a cross-cultural love story, a woman doing everything possible to be with the man she adores, but there's precious little actual love. A bad case of lust, though. Rather than a love story, it would be more realistic to frame it as a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of trying to base a real relationship on the flimsy foundation of mere physical attraction. Hoffman sees a man she fancies, relentlessly pursues him based on looks alone, then appears genuinely surprised when the relationship founders. Considering the only thing they have in common is her sex drive...

There are good points - one is (albeit reluctantly) forced to admire the courage with which she dives wholeheartedly into this new adventure, but it's hard to get past the fact that she is incredibly naive and to ignore her total lack of reality. The reader will pick up some interesting cultural information and get an insight into the clash between cultures. However, like many other reviewers I find Hoffman's naivety-bordering-on-stupidity frustrating and in the end a huge turn off in reading the book. Too much of the time I just wanted to scream at her to face reality.

It's sad that a reasonably intelligent, mature woman could be so blind to the difference between love and lust, and it gradually gets too plain irritating that she is behaving like a hormone-riddled teenager.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK, if you can stand the VERY un-likeable author!! 28 Sept. 2010
By Kerry
I was really disappointed by this book. It isn't really a romance story at all, it's just about a naive, selfish young woman who decided she wanted a man and unashamedly did everything she could to get and then keep him.
In a way I admire her bravery in leaving behind her life in Switzerland, including her family and her business, to try a new life in Kenya. However, as you begin reading the book it's obvious from the start that it will never work. Corinne is like a teenager with a crush, obsessed with someone that she doesn't even know and this makes her come across as naive and a bit shallow.
There are parts of the book when I found myself feeling sorry for her, like when she was ill with malaria and when she was dealing with her husband's jealous rages. However, these events are in a way her own fault - she clearly wasn't taking any anti-malarial medication and her husband's jealousy was a cultural difference rather than a fault of his. When things go wrong, her response seems to be to simply burst into tears and expect sympathy. She always seems to expect other people to help her out as well, rather than sorting problems out herself. I appreciate that things were difficult for her, but if she had done a little more research before giving her comfortable Swiss life up, then it may have been easier.
When Corinne eventually has to return to Switzerland with her tail between her legs, it isn't really a surprise at all and it's difficult to feel any sympathy for her.
Having said that, I would say the book is worth a read because it does give a fascinating insight into the Masai culture. And the author, although hugely irritating, makes this a compelling read in a 'love to hate it' kind of way. But get it out from your local library, I wouldn't waste any money on it!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The White Masai 3 Aug. 2013
A very interesting storyline - but so badly written. Or badly translated? It sounds as if translated into English by a German. No racism here, as I am German myself. I find it very unprofessional and after a few pages it made me cringe. The protagonist annoyed me and I could not at all relate to her childish behaviour. I did not read past page 9. It is a great shame, because it could make such a good book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lost in translation.......? 16 Aug. 2010
By dawn
Well, what can I say, I read through this book much easier and quicker than I anticipated, it makes a wonderful reading group read as it is thought provoking and I am sure that everyone has their own opinions. Mine is that Corrine Hofmann must be off her trolley! I could not get my head around her travelling on a ferry with her partner with whom she has travelled to Africa on holiday, spotting the Masai sitting on the river bank and knowing he was the 'man of her dreams'. I came away from this book with feelings of sorry for the local people having to put up with her, sorry for the guy from the church who is always getting her out of bother and wondering if she had real friends and family or if they are a figment of her imagination as I cannot imagine that any of my friends/family would condone me to act in this way. I ended the book wondering what the heck happened to them all as time progressed and she returned home with her child. I feel harsh condeming Ms Hofmann as selfish in her actions, and do wonder if the horridly romanticised descriptions of her Masi (as if her really belongs to her!) are due to translation into english - therefore I will give it the benefit of the doubt. Read it with friends and then have a big discussion - as this book will surely get a reaction from all who read it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Was this woman brave, or just plain crazy??
A book about love at first sight. A very brave woman who gave up so much to be with a Masai warrior she had seen and instantly fallen for.
Published 8 days ago by flamingo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I loved this book. It showed the great culture divide between a well off Swiss white woman and a Masai warrior. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tanya
1.0 out of 5 stars Ignorant
Such an annoying book. Such an ignorant woman. She even states that she only fancied him when he was dressed as a Masaai, not when he changed into western clothes. Read more
Published 2 months ago by North Norfolk
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Brilliant book. Had to buying the set.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A Poor Read
Gave up on this book after a few pages. Really uninteresting
Published 2 months ago by shirley degani
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Better if read by a German reader
Published 3 months ago by Shirley Taylor
2.0 out of 5 stars The White Masai
I initially picked this book up due to an interest in reading about other cultures. This seemed like just the thing; someone with knowledge of both western and Masai culture... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Iset
2.0 out of 5 stars What a very silly woman. I read the whole ...
What a very silly woman. I read the whole book although I was soon tired of it. The only interesting parts of the book were when we were allowed insights into tribal life but the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Valerie Brogan
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly recommended!
One of the best books I have read in ages, well written and a story that transports you into the life of the author.
Published 4 months ago by karen hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very interesting story.Quite how she managed to live in such an alien way I do not know
Published 5 months ago by Maureen Luck
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