Reunion in Barsaloi

Reunion in Barsaloi

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By (author) Corinne Hofmann, Translated by Peter Millar

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  • Publisher: ARCADIA BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 18mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 31 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1905147406
  • ISBN 13: 9781905147403
  • Illustrations note: Ill
  • Sales rank: 30,006

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Fourteen 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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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.

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'Hofmann's publishers are still reeling from the success of her first book, The White Masai, which sold four million copies worldwide. Romantic ... (with) the nobility of African village life and wry reflection on its hardships' - Iain Finlayson, The Times"Her book is a page-turner, an extraordinary tale of love and naivety, folly and determination" - Sun HeraldPraise for The White Masai:'Hofmann is a talented writer, describing with unflinching detail the consequences of a passion that combines the element of a holiday romance with troubling fantasies about the noble savage. Gripping - Joan Smith, Independent'This extraordinary story is a dashing tale of love and adventure in contemporary Kenya' - Mavis Cheek, Daily Mail Critic's Choice'A deliciously readable book - it really is possible to gulp it down in one long sitting' - Mail on Sunday'The White Masai has already sold four million copies in Europe and has now been turned into a big Hollywood film. Theses successes suggest that, in publishing terms at least, Corinne Hofmann has finally struck gold' - Ireland on Sunday'An extraordinary and unputdownable tale' - Bookseller'It's a truly riveting read, better than any reality TV show' - Publishing News

Editorial reviews

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)