The White Masai is at once a hopelessly romantic love story, a gripping adventure yarn, and, incidentally, a fine piece of meticulously observed social anthropology. It is also a compulsive read. Corinne Hofmann falls in love with a Masai warrior while on holiday with her boyfriend in Kenya. After overcoming all sorts of obstacles, she moves into ...
The White Masai is at once a hopelessly romantic love story, a gripping adventure yarn, and, incidentally, a fine piece of meticulously observed social anthropology. It is also a compulsive read. Corinne Hofmann falls in love with a Masai warrior while on holiday with her boyfriend in Kenya. After overcoming all sorts of obstacles, she moves into a tiny shack with him and his mother in his village, and spends four years in Kenya. Slowly but surely the dream starts to crumble until she flees back home with her baby daughter born out of the seemingly indestructible love between a white European woman and a Masai. From close shaves with wild animals to the rigours of a subsistence existence in the bush, disease, malnutrition, hunger, ritual mutilation and, overriding it all, a consuming passion for another, almost wholly alien, human being, this is a book steeped in humanity: one which emphasises how much we all share, and how much has come to separate us. Simply unputdownable.
I adored this book because it kept me coming back for more. The cover attracted me more then anything, but the content was Phenomenal. The author, Corinne Hofmann, really lays her soul out to fan, she recounts and vividly describes her enthusiasm for a young Kenyan Masai she happens to come across when visiting the country with her then boyfriend. I am so glad that this book is not a fictitious romance novel, but a true account of what she felt, what she thought, and what she went through with the man she fell in love with in the African plains of Kenya. Corinne being of German decent takes you through her experience by explaining her comfortable life style in Germany where she owned a succesful boutique and then she quickly sells it to support her while she follows her Masai, who not only has no stable form of Income, but has a lifestyle and living conditions far less comfortable then her previous abode. It is a soulful read because I don't think anyone has ever written a raw account of when two people of very distinct backgrounds who love, care, or are infatuated with each other marry, and one completely adapts to the culture of what the west would consider "Less Civilized" culture. Its pure sexy, beautiful, entertaining, and sad at times to read, but its a human nature type of story that deserves a copy on any romance enthusiasts, sociologist, and anthropologists alike bookshelf.
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