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    The White Masai (Paperback) By (author) Corinne Hofmann, Translated by Peter Millar

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    The White Masai
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Corinne Hofmann, Translated by Peter Millar
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 310
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    ISBN 13: 9781905147083
    ISBN 10: 1905147082

    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
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 23690
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000, TRV010000, TRV002020, BIO026000
    BIC subject category V2: 1HFGK
    DC22: 916.7620443
    Thema V1.0: DNBA, WTL
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    Publication date
    01 January 2001
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    Author Information
    Corinne Hofmann, 45, lives in a villa on Lake Lugano with her teenage daughter. Back from Africa, the sequel to The White Masai, is still riding high on the bestseller lists and the third book, Reunion in Barsaloi, about her return to Kenya where husband and wife are reunited after 14 years, will be launched in Germany this June. Visit www.massai.ch
    Review text
    Two wildly different cultures collide in this internationally bestselling story of a successful Swiss businesswoman who falls for a Masai warrior.Hofmann begins with details of a vacation trip to Kenya with her then-boyfriend. Three days after they arrived, she spotted Lketinga: "A tall, dark brown beautiful man . . . more beautiful than anyone I've ever seen." Back in Switzerland, Hofmann dispensed with her boyfriend, sold her clothing store and traveled back to Africa to take up a passionate relationship with Lketinga. Her prose is snappy and pointed; sentences are kept brief throughout, chapters often ending after just two or three pages. Although this clipped style can occasionally be distracting, Hofmann's description of life in the bush with Lketinga is fascinating. The conditions in which she lived were completely alien to her, sometimes potentially life-threatening; the narrative unravels at breakneck speed in a series of visceral, pulse-racing adventures. The lovers married and struggled constantly in their attempts to understand each other. They ultimately had a child, but that seemed to drive an even greater cultural wedge between them. Hofmann shapes this linear story like a fiction narrative, complete with a "plot" containing generous lashings of romance and drama. (A German-language film adaptation premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year.) In the end, it comes off as a cross between a wildly imagined novel and a confessional diary.Unusual and highly addictive entertainment, although more cynical readers may wonder whether the author exaggerated certain events for dramatic effect. (Kirkus Reviews)