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Back from Africa (2003)

by Corinne Hofmann

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This the sequel to [The White Masai], the hugely popular autobiographical account of a Swiss woman who went to Kenya and fell in love with a Masai warrior. She pursued him; they fell madly in love, got married and later had a daughter, Napirai.

In this volume she narrates how, as a result of her husband’s intolerable alcohol abuse, jealousy and possessiveness, she left Kenya to return to Switzerland with Napirai after four happy years amongst the Masai. Her return is surprisingly difficult, as she had become used to living in extremely meagre conditions, with an extended social network. She found a lot to love in Kenya and its people, for example, the huge respect young people held for the elders in the tribe, which she immediately misses on her return home.

She remembers the sense of well-being, safety and security she experienced in Kenya, in spite of the primitiveness of the setting. In the first months and years back, she prefers to live a life with just the bare minimum essentials but, as time passes, she comes to slowly appreciate the luxuries Switzerland has to offer again.
The book was written in an attempt to come to terms with the loss she felt at the end of her Kenyan dream, which had been both wonderful and terrible. She also describes the period of writing, the difficulty getting the book published, the eventual publication, and the acclaim that followed. Towards the last quarter of the book I was skimming rather than reading each paragraph, but it was nevertheless an interesting tale.
  akeela | Dec 25, 2009 |
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Als im August 1998 mein Buch "Die weiße Massai" erschien, war ich zwar optimistisch, dass die Schilderung meiner afrikanischen Liebesgeschichte auf breites Interesse stoßen würde.
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In 'The White Masai' Corinne Hofmann told the story of how she fell in love with and married Lketinga, a Masai warrior, and lived with his family in Kenya. Now, in 'Back from Africa' she describes her return to Switzerland, the difficulties she has faced, and how she has built a new life for herself and her daughter.… (more)

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