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Back From Africa Paperback – December 31, 2007

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ISBN-13: 978-1905147335 ISBN-10: 1905147333

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What an amazing story! One of the bravest and most vivid I've read in years, I'm not surprised it's a bestseller' - Deborah Moggach on The White Masai --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Corinne Hofmann lives with her daughter in Switzerland. Bliss Books have sold over 85,000 copies of The White Masai, while worldwide it has sold well in excess of four million copies. Arcadia's edition was a top ten bestseller in Australia and all three of Corinne Hofmann's books have been number one bestsellers in Germany, where they were first published. Three million people have seen the film The White Masai - in one year, before its release in either the UK or US.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Books (December 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905147333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905147335
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,938,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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50 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Charles Pooter on April 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought the first book on a business trip to Germany, the allure of a cross-cultural romance drawing me in. The story completely baffled me - how could a woman fall so madly in love with a person she could not communicate with, and knew nothing about? It must have been lust, I thought, but when I read of their disastrous sex life, I was totally confused. What was binding these people so forcefully together? Unfortunately, Ms Hoffman never elaborates, and I ended up screaming at her as she threw herself into this alien and ultimately harmful situation (which I found out the friends I'd lent this book to did as well.) The ending to the first book appalled me - she abducts her daughter when she realises what a mess she has gotten herself into, merrily not giving a damn about how the child's father may feel about this.
I got the second book to see how the story continues, if Ms Hoffman realises just how foolish, impulsive and selfish she is, but noooo. She comes running back home to Mummy, in a country (thanks to antiquated citizenship laws) she can't even live in, all her savings having been spent on her African folly. We're supposed to delight over her "triumph" of getting her visa status, own apartment and job over thousands of other candidates, with her purely one-sided divorce going through. She's a hot commodity still, getting new boyfriends even if her daughter complains about having to "share Mama". When Mama decides to move to the Italian part of Switzerland, no one gets a vote! Boyfriend and daughter have to adjust, as another language will be good for Napirai.
The whole part about going back to Africa to climb the mountain is just another example of Ms Hoffman's insistence of doing something her way.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kundry on July 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is evidently the last of Corinne Hofmann's accounts about her experiences in Kenya with the Samburu ( less domesticated cousins of the Masaii). I read White Masaii, the first book, and was very interested in Hofmann's emotions and amazing ways of fitting in with the Samburu in such a primitive environment. And then, I wanted to know how it was to bring her half Samburu daughter back to Switzerland. And she goes back years later for a reunion with her husband and family in Kenya. Interjected into the narrative of Hofmann's own experiences are tidbits of how the Samburu live- male, female, children and animals. We learn how difficult it is to travel even short distances, how to get imported goods, what the hospital is like, many amazing accounts of life in rural Kenya. Hofmann's writing is pretty simple (could be the translation) but, still, where else would you find out about these things? In fact, I couldn't wait to read the other 2 books after reading White Masaii,which, evidently, has been made into a film.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Buggy on April 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The first book in this series (The White Masai) is a 5 star, absolutely fascinating read. I would also recommend the follow-up (Reunion In Barsaloi). BACK FROM AFRICA however just feels like filler. There's not really enough interesting material here to warrant a third book and except for the first few chapters and the details of her climbing Mt Kilimanjaro I found it disappointing.

This third instalment deals with the time immediately after she leaves her Masai husband Lketinga and after fleeing Kenya with her young daughter Napirai, returns to Switzerland to start a new life.

Initially Corinne struggles with lingering health issues (malaria, hepatitis) and has trouble integrating back into modern society. (Do we really need all this stuff?) However as her health and self confidence returns she finds a job in sales, moves into her own apartment, makes friends in a single woman's group and faces government bureaucracy while getting her daughters birth certificate and filling for divorce. All the while maintaining contact with her brother in-law, James in Africa and mourning her failed marriage. With encouragement from her friends Corinne eventually writes the story of her love affair with Lketinga and gets "The White Masai" published. A large part of the book is dedicated to her success and travels while promoting her book. In the last few chapters Corinne finds a new love partner and returns to Africa to daringly climb Mt Kilimanjaro.

It should also be noted that Back From Africa has been translated from German so the writing does not always flow as smoothly as I'm sure it did in it's original language.

I wouldn't recommend this unless you've already read The White Masai.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn M Mendoza on September 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I read and wrote a review on "The "White Masai" which I hated because of the ignorance and self-centered personality of the author. However, I did read this follow up because I wanted to know how such a person would be able to return to society and flourish as she obviously did. I read the book and at first it did not anger me but as the book went on I saw not only is this woman self centered, she is in my opinion a narcissist. I couldn't count the times she wrote "I" at the beginning of a sentence. She really thinks the universe revolves around her. I could admire her for her chutzpah if not for her personality which I call "poisonality" I really dislike this woman. I am not jealous of her success. Her writing is atrocious, like a teenager's diary, and her bragging about how well she looks with her new clothes, and red hair and how mamy men and jobs she could get made me kind of ill.
I am not going to damn he as a mother. I don't know enough about that but she does seem to see her daughter as a Kenyan version of herself and revels in that. The worst part of the book for me, was the mountain climb to the "top of Africa" where she is so proud she has the stamina over others to reach the summit. I surmise she means that because of how she suffered in Kenya she became strong but she has no empathy for others. I am sorry so many people think she is so good and was so abused that she had to leave. She put herself in a situation that had no chance for success. It's not that she was abused or not. It is that she didn't go into a different culture with any kind of understanding how her deep "love" (meaning shallow attraction) would hurt everyone she came in contact with in some way.
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