Maasai Days

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Maasai Days

By Cheryl Bentsen
Simon & Schuster, 1989
286 pp. $19.95
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The author, formerly with the Los Angeles Times, recounts her odyssey among several families of Masai encountered near Nairobi, where she lived. Building on sensitively pursued relationships with a few individuals, she delineates the complicated intersection of this traditional pastoral tribe with the late twentieth century. Most of Bentsen's Masai friends are untypically ambitious for nontraditional achievements, and their faltering efforts to vault the hurdles posed by modern life in Kenya tell us much about the meeting of two worlds.

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