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Back from Africa

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  945 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
translation by Peter Millar

"In The White Masai, Corinne Hofmann told the incredible story of how she fell in love with and married Lketinga, a Masai warrior, and lived with his family in Kenya. Now, in Back From Africa, she describes her return to Switzerland and the difficulties that faced her there, detailing how she built a new life for herself and her daughter and over
256 pages
Published 2007 by Bliss Books (first published 2003)
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Cristina Boncea
Cartea vine ca o continuare la povestea lui Corinne Hoffman, după publicarea "Îndrăgostită de un masai". Prima carte m-a lăsat cu o stare de șoc absolut, care m-a făcut să mă gândesc constant la felurile complet diferite în care trăiesc alți oameni și cum ar fi dacă viața mea s-ar schimba brusc, peste noapte, în numele unei mari iubiri.

Corinne revine cu explicațiile cerute de către cititori și povestește cum și-a refăcut ea viața după ce a fugit de soțul ei din Kenya, Lketinga, împreună cu fetiț
Marilyn Maya
Sep 30, 2012 Marilyn Maya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
read and wrote a review on "The "White Masai" which I hated because of the ignorance and self-centered personality of the author. However, I did read this follow up because I wanted to know how such a person would be able to return to society and flourish as she obviously did. I read the book and at first it did not anger me but as the book went on I saw not only is this woman self centered, she is in my opinion a narcissist. I couldn't count the times she wrote "I" at the beginning of a sentenc ...more
Mar 08, 2009 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sequel to "The White Masai". Corinne fell in love with a masai warrior and attempeted to make a life with him in Africa. Unfortunately, a clash of cultures forced her to escape with her daughter to her home in Switzerland. Back from Africa sees her rebuilding her life and sharing her memoirs. Some of my friends said she was a fool to try and live the way she did. I thought she had excellent business skills and a lot of love and committment and could have single-handedly helped the to ...more
Aug 07, 2013 Deborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
leest heel vlot , kan de negatieve reviews over het "egocentrische" wel begrijpen but let's be honest she has a pretty interesting life :-)

The first book in this series (The White Masai) is a 5 star, absolutely fascinating read. I would also recommend the follow-up (Reunion In Barsaloi). BACK FROM AFRICA however just feels like filler. There's not really enough interesting material here to warrant a third book and except for the first few chapters and the details of her climbing Mt Kilimanjaro I found it disappointing.

This third instalment deals with the time immediately after she leaves her Masai husban
Apr 24, 2009 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book picks up where the first book, "The White Masai" leaves off beginning with Hofmann and her fifteen-month-old daughter arriving in her home country of Switzerland in 1990. This volume covers 1990 through 2003.

"Reunion in Barsaloi," which follows Hofmann's story after 2003, was published prior to "Back From Africa," so I ended up reading "The White Masai" first, then "Reunion," and now this book. Now that all three books have been released in the U.S., I would recommend reading them in c
Almah Tararia
It's an OK/easy read..following the White Maasai- the WM is loads better.
I read "The white Masai" many many years ago and loved it. I didn't have the same high expectations about the sequel, but it was a great book, and I just couldn't put it down. Now I wonder what expectations are realistic for the last book in the trilogy :-)
Rhiannon Dillon
It's interesting to hear how the author coped after returning to Africa, though I felt that it would have been better suited to a few final chapters in The White Masai than deserving its own book.
Jan 11, 2015 Antonela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Am ales în această seară să vă scriu despre al doilea volum scris de Corinne Hofmann, apărut în Editura ALFFA în anul 2006. ,,Adio, Africa”, face parte din colecţia de ,,Cărţi adevărate”, exemple de viaţă, cărţi care te remontează după ce le citeşti şi îţi schimbă modul de a gândi şi visele.

Cartea ,,Adio, Africa” aduce libertate şi o nouă viaţă pentru Corinne, în timp ce pentru masaiul Lketinga aduce divorţul, pierderea fiicei, Napirai şi a averii lăsate de soţia sa. Suntem martorii decăderii un
I ended up giving both this and the first book similar ratings, though for different reasons. This was absent many of the cultural-difference things that bothered me in the first book, in large part (I think) because nobody in Back from Africa was being asked to change. The author didn't have to change her expectations of what was acceptable in order to live in Switzerland again; neither did anyone she dated or spent time with. Because of this I had a lot fewer unanswered questions by the end of ...more
Arlette Sjerp
This book is a sequel to The White Masai, which has also been made into a film. I read it in 2003 and was very curious to know what happened to Corinne Hoffmann after she came back to Switzerland.
Her story is again very interesting to read, though of course, the adventures are of a different kind now. Trying to survive in the African wilderness is totally different from, let's say, trying to get a passport for your child to make sure that nobody can take her away from you, but it can be no less
Elaine Kasteler
This is the sequel to "The White Masai". It goes into detail about how Corinne reentered her life in Switzerland with her Masai daughter. I thought she showed much determination to get back into society especially when you literally haven't seen a bathtub in four years (along with a washing machine and all modern conveniences such as running water).

I think the debate is whether she did the right thing in taking her daughter away from her father in Kenya. I don't think Corinne would have survived
Apr 07, 2013 Nomadesse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
The first book in the series, La Massaï blanche - I read a number of years back, and I remembered being transported throughout the reading to her world, vividly described. This time I read the English translation, and her voice comes through so pure that it was instantly recognisable as Corinne. The translators had really done her justice in both French and English. Her life-story continues to unfold, and her courage, endurance, and drive is inspirational and her approach to life refreshing in i ...more
Feb 03, 2016 Alina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Iniţial, Corinne Hofmann a avut intenţia de a scrie o singură carte despre experienţele ei din Kenya, însă succesul răsunător al volumului Îndrăgostită de un masai a surprins-o, la fel ca ecranizarea acestuia. La insistenţele citittorilor săi, autoarea a decis să aştearnă pe hârtie continuarea poveştii ei şi a fiicei sale. În Adio, Africa, protagonista noastră se întoarce în Elveţia alături de Napirai, unde se va izbi de tot felul de probleme, de la birocrația de la primărie și de la consulatul ...more
Sep 06, 2015 Melania rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: corinne-hofmann

Dupa senzationalul succes al cartii Indragostita de un masai, Corinne Hofmann intentioneaza sa raspunda numeroaselor intrebari ale cititorilor, referitoare la viata ei dupa intoarcerea in civilizatia europeana. Astfel ia nastere cartea sa Adio, Africa.

Noul inceput in „jungla birocratica“ nu este deloc usor. A trebuit sa reinvete multe din deprinderile cerute de civilizatia europeana. Totusi, cu aceeasi tarie, acelasi curaj si optimism, cu care a reusit sa supravietu
Jan 08, 2014 Karolien rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa
Ik vond dit boek een van de betere boeken van Corinne Hofmann. Ik heb eerst de twee andere boeken gelezen voor ik dit werk ontdekte in de bibliotheek.

Corinne leefde jaren als Westerse vrouw bij de Samburustam in Kenia en trouwde er met een krijger. Het verhaal van dit boek begint waar het eerste boek eindigde, op een vliegtuig van Kenia naar Zwitserland.

Corinne verliet in het vorige boek haar echtgenoot Lketinga en nam haar dochtertje Napirai mee naar haar oude thuisland. Daar werd ze opgevange
Mar 13, 2011 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really, in a way this somewhat less-polished book felt much more honest and real than the best-selling The White Masai--both about the author's culture shock and missing of her abusive husband, and about her time in Kenya itself. Her real feelings and motivations made a lot more sense to me here. I love that she acknowledged that people complained about her book not being that well-written-- "I recognize that I don't exactly have a PhD in German literature". That made me feel a whole lot more sy ...more
Jul 18, 2016 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Corinne Hofmann has led a very interesting life however I'm not sure she's someone I would get along with for various reasons. I found myself at times during the book commenting about negatives I saw in her personality but apart from that a very interesting read. She comes across as an incredibly selfish person but I enjoyed learning some more about African culture, even if from a particular point of view. This book is her return however she still discusses her time in Africa and return to Europ ...more
George Ilsley
Aug 25, 2011 George Ilsley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Read this immediately after the White Masai, which is not a good idea. This volume has more typos and is the author is fairly annoying. Several times she goes on and on about her discovery that life in Switzerland, with electricity and running water, is so much easier than life in the bush without such things... you know, the sort of discovery anyone makes on a weekend camping trip. She also discounts the problems involved in writing a memoir that involves other real living beings. Usually one a ...more
Mila Ballentine
Mar 30, 2013 Mila Ballentine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading Back From Africa simply because I felt compelled to find out what happened next in the life of Corinne Hofmann. I felt a sense of kinship while reading The White Masai but not with this book. I was thrilled to see that all that she gave away so willingly was returned to her tenfolds. I especially enjoyed the chapter where she sets out to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. I felt the pain of the adventure, and laughed when there was an ounce of humor in the most treacherous moments of the t ...more
Oct 11, 2009 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short book is the sequel to the nonfiction book The White Masai in which the author,as a Swiss tourist in Kenya, falls in love with and marries a Masai tribesman. She lives in a humble manyatta with him and his family and bears him a child but eventually leaves him because of their cultural differences. Back From Africa is the story of the author and her little girl as they return to life in Switzerland. Needless to say their transition and adjustments are enormous and I found the entire st ...more
Sweta Chakraborty
Jul 29, 2016 Sweta Chakraborty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, enjoyed reading the story. The author described the story in simple language understandable to any body and every body. She tried to settle back in her own country after suffering a culture difference and domestic abuse from a much 'low calibre' partner. Her life in undoubtedly motivating and perhaps every single mother should gather strength from her life.

Since I have finished the series I will day that White Masai was far far interesting. Anyway kudos to a bold woman and her knack of wri
Jan 20, 2008 Claudia rated it really liked it
I found this book extremely fascinating. I guess that when I found this book in the library I wasn't aware that she did write a follow up of the "White masai" and was so excited to found this coopy. I had extreme eagerness to know what experiences she would have experienced back in Switzwerland.
Definantly you need to have read the "White Masai" to understand her feelings of an uncertaint future back in Switzwerland yet more, having to get habituated back to her original culture which for so lon
Dec 30, 2010 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think I may have read her first book, "White Masai" years ago. I can't remember for sure, but it seems familiar. I still don't quite see how two people who don't speak the same language can be "in love." Isn't communication at some deeper level required? Anyway, this is the story of her escape from Africa with her daughter, leaving behind her Masai husband and family, and her subsequent success and fame following the publication of the first book. Mildly interesting, but I won't be reading any ...more
Jessica Nilsson
Feb 08, 2016 Jessica Nilsson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think this is quite as good as The White Masai; maybe because it doesn't take place in Africa - and I'm so fascinated by other cultures so that captures my interest on a deeper level, than this description of European life (which I already live). But this is still a very good book, and don't get me wrong - it's very interesting, when you've read the first one, to see how things turned out for Corinne and her daughter Napirai. It's a "have to read", if you read The White Masai :) Corinne ...more
The follow up book after the fantastic "White Massai" and it does'nt fail to capture again the readers bond with the author of the first book.

Corrine's account of life after returning home to Switzerland after fleeing Kenya and her husband with their daughter Napirai.

This book I read within two days and answered the questions that the reader desperatley would want to know after reading "White Massai".
A truly brave and inspirational lady who rebuilt her life, and looked back at her time spent in
Apr 24, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a fairly boring follow-up to The White Masai. At first it was interesting how she acclimated herself back to living in Europe. But then it became very mundane. It was a lot of day to day things. Referring a lot back to her life in Kenya (which I had just read about in the other book), how the book came to be etc. I feel like there was a little bit of vanity from the author as well that was a little off-putting.
Graham Knight
Dec 01, 2013 Graham Knight rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this an emotional read perhaps because I'm also contemplating life back in Europe again. It was encouraging to read how she was able to find success and hope in every situation she found herself in. There is clearly great sadness about the end of her life in Kenya but her determination and strength to continue to move ahead, overcome new challenges and to never be too complacent, is inspiring.
May 14, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's funny to me how I can think the author is crazy in the first book but in this book I admire her for her will power. She gets back on her feet again and again and my hat is off to her. I'm amazed at her generosity to her African family. I wonder what it would take to get them out of the third world status. I wish there were pictures in this book like there were in her first book.
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