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
In the hut, away from the town, she finds out that sexual manners for Masai are that she lies there absolutely still and shows no passion just as if she had her clitoris cut off and labia sewn up like the real Masai women. Perha ...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 not quite sure how I feel about this book. I initially picked it up due to my interest in the subject matter; I having a passing interest in anthropology and enjoy reading about other cultures, and have read a couple of books before about the tribes of this region of Africa. This seemed like just the thing; someone with knowledge of both western and Masai culture telling the ultimate tale of becoming immersed in another culture for life. Except it wasn’t.
I became concerned early on when Cori ...more
I started off with disliking the author a little. She was extremely mean to her Swiss boyfriend and dumps him unceremoniously for a Masai man. It is also a little weird how she gets obsessed with a man she knows nothing about. Call her silly and obsessive, or naive and in ...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
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
Everybody should read this book!
Nevertheless, that experience caught my interest. On the one hand, I am very interested in Africa myself, and have a penchant for narratives of intercultural exchange. On the other hand, I admired the author.
I really think Corinne Hofmann made a very big mistake. She fell head over hills in love at first sight with a Samburu warrior. She was 26 at the time. The last time I fell in love at first sight was at 15. At my ...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
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
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 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
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
To some degree I admire the aut ...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
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
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