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    DescriptionFourteen years after fleeing Kenya with her baby daughter, Corinne returned in the summer of 2004 to meet Lketinga and his family again in their village, Barsaloi. Nervous as she was, and uncertain as to how he would react on seeing her again, she found to her relief that she was welcomed unreservedly by all those who remembered her - by Lketinga, who still thought of her as his 'wife number one', by his brother, James, now a schoolteacher and especially by Lketinga's mother, who had looked after Corinne with such care all those years before. Corinne Hofmann revisits an area of a country which she cares about passionately, describing in her immensely readable style the changes she saw after her time away, and once again bringing to life the atmosphere and characters in the Masai village.


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    Title
    Reunion in Barsaloi
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Corinne Hofmann, Translated by Peter Millar
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 222 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781905147403
    ISBN 10: 1905147406
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC subject category V2: WTL
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HFGK
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    DC22: B
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FAMILY
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 23690
    B&T General Subject: 800
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    B&T Approval Code: A31660000
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
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    LC classification: DT
    Ingram Theme: CULT/EAFRIC
    B&T Approval Code: A14530000
    BISAC V2.8: TRV002020
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: A8
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    Abridged Dewey: 916
    BIC subject category V2: 1HFGK
    B&T Approval Code: A15506000
    DC22: 916.7620443
    BISAC V2.8: TRV002030
    Thema V1.0: DNBA, WTL
    Illustrations note
    Ill
    Publisher
    ARCADIA BOOKS
    Imprint name
    ARCADIA BOOKS
    Publication date
    31 December 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Corinne Hofmann was born in 1960 of a French mother and a German father in Frauenfield in the Swiss canton of Thurgau, now lives in a villa on Lake Lugano with her teenage daughter. She had an international bestseller with The White Masai, an autobiographical account of her life in Kenya, which has since been translated into more than twenty languages and has spawned a film adaptation, seen by more than one million people when released in Germany in 2005. Her second book, Back from Africa described her attempt to start a new life back in Switzerland, and Reunion in Barsoli about her return to Kenya where husband and wife are reunited, after 14 years are still riding high on the bestseller lists.
    Review text
    Hofmann returns to Kenya 14 years after marrying a Masai warrior and giving birth to his child. Oddly, this second sequel to four-million-copy bestseller The White Masai (2006) is being released before its immediate predecessor, Back From Africa, which deals with the author's post-Kenyan life back home in Switzerland. So Hofmann's considerable readership is immediately transported back to familiar territory, as she begins this installment by expressing a few self-doubts about the return venture and then heading back to search for her former husband, Lketinga. But the success of Hofmann's memoir has made this trip altogether different, and she spends a generous portion of the book discussing the movie adaptation of The White Masai, which is being shot at the same time as her reunion with Lketinga and his family. Also, she has divorced Lketinga, although this means nothing in Africa, where she is still regarded as one of his wives. Hofmann sticks to the short, staccato prose that made the original book so successful, and she delights in being reunited with her former husband, his mother and many others. But once those events are documented, the narrative doesn't really go anywhere. It lacks both the specificity and the sense of wide-eyed wonder that Hofmann's first memoir delivered so effectively, and it often feels like she's struggling to stir new ingredients into the pot. Most disappointingly, the author doesn't bring along her now-teenage daughter, Napirai, which would surely have led to some intriguing moments with Lketinga. In fact, it often seems as though both Hofmann and her former husband have simply moved on; the connection they once enjoyed has vanished from both their lives and, in turn, from Hofmann's prose. Fleeting interest is created by Lketinga's thoughts on mercenary journalists who have tracked him down in the wake of the first book's success, but there are too many dull details, especially concerning the unremarkable movie shoot. A very unsatisfactory follow-up. (Kirkus Reviews)