The White Masai
The four-million-copy international bestseller of the incredible love story between a European woman and an African warrior
The White Masai combines adventure and the pursuit of passion in a page-turning story of two star-crossed lovers from vastly different backgrounds. Corinne, a European entrepreneur, meets Lketinga, a Samburu warrior, while on vacation in Mombasa on...more
I struggled with this book. The beginning is so unbelievable that I was left feeling uncomfortable by how shallow this woman was. I find it ironic that she has said in an interview that a lot of people are uncomfortable with the fact that she married and had a baby with a black man. As a mother of two biracial sons, I can guarantee that is not what made me uncomfortable. What made me uncomfortable was her complete lack of regard for the culture she barged her way into. She didn't know the first...more
I'm sorry but this relationship had no chance. The power difference between the two was so great. Maybe she felt she was in love, and she certainly was. But not with the man but her idealized idea of him. If she had truly loved him she would have never pursued him. Because even an idiot co...more
I read this for my book club. I only mention that because if it hadn't been for book club then there's no way I would have finished this. The writing is pretty awful, the actual events are infuriating and the end result is not surprising.
I don’t think a...more
Everybody should read this book!
It was one of the most engaging anthropological journals I've ever read. From the very first page I just couldn't put it down. It described in details the everyday life of Samburu people occupying the dry lands of Kenya; their odd beliefs, daily struggles for food and water as well as the sign...more
You can't own another person, but she continually refers to her husband as 'my Masai'. If you want to endanger your own life by getting malaria and leaving it untreated, that's your own silly fault, but don't bring a baby into the world if you don't even have basic food and sanitation to care for her.
The whole idea of falling instantly in love with anyone is just silly, and completely ludicrous if that person can't spe...more
Living in Hawaii, with its many ethnicities, I could relate to the misunderstandings and the frustrations of dealing with another culture.
While I am still suspect of the whole romance angle (love or just lust?), the adventure story was worth...more
I brought this book by mistake to a long appointment and am so angry today. If I have to say one good thing about it to give it one star, the writing isn't bad, but I don't know if that is the translating but I will give it one star for that, Now to the anger part.
The woman is so self centered, so stubborn and so man centered and shallow it made me sick. She falls in love with a man for his looks alone. If you read the w...more
I found the reviews were mainly based on people's feelings of the author herself as opposed to the actual book.
While I also didn't agree with everything (if anything?) that the author did, that really has nothing to do with the story itself.
I think it's fair to remember, English is not her first language and I am assuming she wrote it in German and it was then translated? - So there are a few sa...more
I can't get over her spunk! She had ran 3 different businesses in Kenya. There was a ton of red tape, translation problems, unreliable transportation, and her own malaria and difficult pregnancy. Despite these...more
I want to begin by saying I DO NOT recommend this book! Why did I even read it? I so rarely read books that infuriate me. My neighbor, Veronica, loaned me this book saying only, “I’ve been reading nonstop for two days; I can’t put this down!” Though she gave me a brief synopsis, she never said, “This woman is completely insane!” That’s what she told me when I mentioned that I was so ANGRY with Corinne that I couldn’t stop re...more
Reading this book was extremely frustrating...it's like the car wreck that you know is going to happen and you wish you could close the book but you just keep reading...of course it doesn't end well--it would...more
I can imagine someone saying to Hofmann, "You should write a book!" and then Hofmann dutifully sitting down and recording, diary-style, everything that happened to her while in Kenya. Hofmann doe...more
She spends the first third of the book telling us over and over how handsome “my Masai” is, despite his occasional bouts of moodiness. She spends the middle detailing all the problems they have getting the paperwork done for …...more
El libro ha seguido muy bien, cuantas cosas debe pasar la protagonista, y es una historia de la vida real!
Terminado de leer y me encantó. es increíble como Corinne plasma las diferencias culturales que solo al vivirlas en carne propia se logran comprender en toda su dimensión. Una mujer valiente que escribe de una forma tal que uno vive con ella todas sus experiencias.
A memoir set in Kenya that will evoke a strong response in the reader.
That is probably a bit of a daring thing to say, I feel, but it is one of the few books I have read where I have experienced a medley of emotions, and judging by reviews across the internet I am not alone.
Corinne Hofmann from Biel in Switzerland travels to Kenya with her then boyfriend Marco. Within a few hours travelling to Mombasa she has spotted Lketinga, a Masai...more