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Back from Africa

3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  647 ratings  ·  45 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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Marilyn Maya
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
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
leest heel vlot , kan de negatieve reviews over het "egocentrische" wel begrijpen but let's be honest she has a pretty interesting life :-)
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
Almah Tararia
It's an OK/easy read..following the White Maasai- the WM is loads better.
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mila Ballentine
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
George Ilsley
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
This to me was as entertaining as the first book,(The White Masai) her time back in Switzerland, trying to re start her life.
She changed her style of writing which made it harder to read.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Graham Knight
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.
A co-worker had purchased this second book in a series after I had introduced her to the amazing story of Corinne in "White Masai". She graciously lent me "Back From Africa", which tells of what happened when Corinne went back to Europe after living a rugged existence in Africa. It filled in those intervening years before the story takes up once again in "Reunion in Barsaloi".
I loved The White Masai but did not read The Reunion in Barsaoli. This is just a narrative of how Corinne and her daughter Napirai acclimated into Western European culture again including the publishing of the first book. There are no big surprises. The book ends with a return to Africa to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.
If you enjoyed reading "The White Masai" you will find this sequel book interesting.
I just had to find out what happened to Corinne after her "adventure" in Kenya. Thankfully she kept her head on straight and set about making a success of her life with her daughter. She certainly finds ways to take care of herself. I liked the accounts of her jobs and the self-suffiency she shows.
I read The White Masai and after finishing that one I had to do the follow up! But it's not that exciting as the first book though. Kinda nice to know what happened to her after her African adventure. I'm also going to read the third a while....I don't want a Corinne Hoffman overdose...
I enjoyed Hofmann's insight into life, Africa, and Switzerland. Her resilence, determination and sense of adventure are amazing. I especially enjoyed reading about her climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
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