In “The White Masai”, Corinne Hofmann recounts her story of holidaying in Kenya where she falls head over heels in love with a Masai warrior. Despite the enormous cultural gulf between them, not be mention the lack of a common language, Hofmann, a middle-class Swiss boutique owner, gives up western life, western comfort and western wealth to re-join her Masai warrior and live his way of life.
The story engenders little sympathy for Hofmann. Despite the enormous, and at times life-threatening, challenges she encounters, she comes over as arrogant. The lasting impression is one of a naive white women who thinks that her wealth and education, coupled with an all-consuming love for another human, will overcome all eventualities. While one has to admire her tenacity, there is a sense from the very start that the whole adventure is doomed to failure. Hofmann seems to accept the physical hardships of life in a Masai village with admirable disregard. In contrast, her almost total refusal to compromise towards, at times even to acknowledge, the strong social traditions which dominate the life of the Masai, is cavalier.