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4.0 out of 5 stars Doubtful four stars
This book is hard to fathom, at first it seems like an excited woman looking for 'adventure', it is well observed but Corinne comes across as more interested in her personal Namibia trekking than in being a good team member. While anyone familiar with Africa knows there are slum areas her accounts of Kibera were unnecessarily repetitive and showed little sensitivity to...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Africa. My Passion
I think Corinne Hoffman should appreciate she has wrung all she can from the subject of her "African" famiy. I have read and enjoyed her previous books, but felt she was struggling to find anything to say in this book. I particularly disliked her patronising attitude with the women in the Nairobi slums, and her description of her trip with her daughter to meet...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Doubtful four stars, 22 Feb. 2015
This book is hard to fathom, at first it seems like an excited woman looking for 'adventure', it is well observed but Corinne comes across as more interested in her personal Namibia trekking than in being a good team member. While anyone familiar with Africa knows there are slum areas her accounts of Kibera were unnecessarily repetitive and showed little sensitivity to Kenyans as a whole.
The rest of the book is a tedious account of her return to her African relatives and the introduction of her daughter to her father. Why did I give 4 stars? Because the saving grace was Corinne's charitable contributions resulting from her books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Her passion is also my passion, 27 Aug. 2014
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Another wonderful book, I can truly understand her passion for Africa, having lived there myself she has helped me relive those memories. To read about the way people live and then also how they are being helped it is something you never hear about on the news. The different charities rehousing, providing a way of life and helping the young to believe in themselves that they can be better people, and make something of their lives. Truly an amazing story, I loved all her books and it has made me want to go back and relive my memories, although I have been back but as a tourist. I hope I am able to do it one day.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Africa. My Passion, 24 Dec. 2014
I think Corinne Hoffman should appreciate she has wrung all she can from the subject of her "African" famiy. I have read and enjoyed her previous books, but felt she was struggling to find anything to say in this book. I particularly disliked her patronising attitude with the women in the Nairobi slums, and her description of her trip with her daughter to meet her father, made me cringe. A really disappointing book for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars AFRICA: MY PASSION, 8 Feb. 2014
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Dr S. S. Nagi "Nyrobe" (united kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Africa, My Passion (Paperback)
This book was first published in 2011(2014), has 210 pages, 11 chapters, 31 colour pictures but no maps. This book was translated from German by Peter Millar. CORINNE HOFMANN (49) lives in Switzerland and once again travels to Africa. She tracks 500 miles across Namibia to discover the lives of Himba tribe and then goes back to the slums of Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. She also travels to Barsaloi with her 1/2 Kenyan (Samburu) daughter- Napirai (20), to meet Lketinga and their African family.
In November 2008, Corinne travels to Northern India for 4 weeks, all the time remembering her stay in Samburu, Kenya. On return, she plans to visit Namibia for 6 weeks with 2 adventurers. On 15.5.2009, she flies to Windhoek. Up north, she visits the Etosha NP and observes the wildlife and later the Herero and Himba people. Further north, it is hot and Corinne gets blisters. They have 2 camels and a tracker. She manages to see desert elephants, giraffes, oryx, springboks, mountain zebra and baboons. After 720 km of trek, she returns to Switzerland, 12kgm lighter.
In February 2010, she goes to NAIROBI, Kenya for 4 weeks and rents a flat. She loves wandering in the African market, thankfully using her willies. Next day, she visits the largest slum in Kenya - the KIBERA, again needing her willies as she walks through dirt, mud and excrement. She meets some unfortunate ladies forced to live in the slum, because of their large families and no housing. Every body seems to be doing something to earn a few shillings. Most of them had come to Nairobi to look for a better life. Many were helped by Solidarite charity. She also meets Ingrid from Sweden, who devised a method of loaning money to desperate people, giving them a chance to improve themselves. The real price per sqm in the slum is more expensive than in better of districts. Ingrid had also helped people to open businesses in Kaputiel Town. Her husband Bob Munro, was helping men from Mathare Slum to form Kenya's Muthare United football team. These men in their spare time have to help others who are sick or old. Corinne makes 2 such visits to Kenya and then returns.
After Corinne gets a letter from her African family in BARSALOI, she and her daughter Napirai feel that it was a right time for them to make a visit to see their Samburu family in Kenya. Napirai starts writing a diary of her visit to Kenya, after 20 years. From NAIROBI, they go to NAKURU and then north to MARALAL. Here, there is an emotional reunion with Lketinga, Napirai's father. On the way to Barsaloi, everyone welcomes them. Then, there is a big emotional welcome for Corinne and Napirai from 'Mama'. They all exchange gifts. At the foot of a mountain range, they attend a Samburu market. Some elders wonder if Napirai would marry a Samburu. Mama thanks Enkai (God), that He had let her live long enough to see her grand-daughter -Napirai, and that she still had sight in one eye to see Corinne and Napirai.
After elders blessings, they leave Barsaloi, visit WAMBA hospital where Napirai was born and then Napirai leaves for Switzerland. Corinne goes to MOMBASA to search for her old Maasai friend -Priscilla and then returns home.
Only the last 1/4 of the book tells the story of Corinne and her daughter's visit to their Samburu family, It does however make up for the first 3/4 of this book. This book is sold has Hardcover, but I could only buy a Softcover and many of the pages were wrongly numbered. Will Corinne or Napirai return to Africa again?
Other books by Corinne Hofmann are:-
(1) The White Maasai, 2001
(2) Reunion in Barsaloi, 2007
(3) Back From Africa, 2008
Having born in Kenya, I found this book interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was an excellent read, a very positive and hopeful account of ..., 22 Dec. 2014
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It was an excellent read, a very positive and hopeful account of the situation of some slums dwellers in Kenya. I really enjoyed the part in which Corinne talks about the visit to Kenya and then her trip to Barsaloi with her daughter. Overall an easy and pleasant read, like all of her books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars white Masai, 31 Dec. 2014
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I have read all 4 of Corinne's books and it brought back lots of happy memories of the many times I have been to Mombasa though I have been to Nairobi and to the Masai Mara. Excellently written and full of feeling. Hope there will be another book, perhaps when her daughter returns. Sandra
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5.0 out of 5 stars Having read the other three books I feel like I have got to know the people well and ..., 4 May 2015
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Having read the other three books I feel like I have got to know the people well and I cried twice in this book, when father and daughter finally met and again when they parted, I really hope they meet again x
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4.0 out of 5 stars Corrine is an amazing person, with a passion for the most beautiful ..., 11 Dec. 2014
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Corrine is an amazing person, with a passion for the most beautiful continent on earth. This book is full of adventure, hope and love. The complete package.....hard to.put down....wanted to be where she was.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book I really enjoyed it, 16 Jan. 2015
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Excellent book I really enjoyed it. I saw Corinne at Edinburgh book festival and have read all her books She clearly has a great love and feeling for Africa
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story, 31 Jan. 2015
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Really enjoyed Corinne's story. An interesting mix of her personal story and those who struggle against adversity in Kenya
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