houseboy Ferdinand Oyono begins his haunting tragedy at the end of a Cameroonian houseboy’s life. “Brother, what are we,” Toundi Onduo. Ferdinand Oyono has really done a great work with this fictional work. portrayed this in the life of Toundi when he has to be the houseboy of the Commander. Ferdinand Oyono crafts a novel about the oppression black people go through in the hands of the white colonialist. In West Africa specifically.

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Otono rather encapsulates Toundi as his life hurtles towards implacable disaster Clemence Audax October 15, I was young then and thoughtless. Moreau orders Mendim to beat up Toundi, but Mendim throws ox’s blood on him to make it look like he is injured. Wikipedia in English None. Mar 07, Darkowaa rated it really liked it.

Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

Instead, I sat, mesmerized, in the way you do when watching a traffic accident unfold before you: Ferdinand Oyono has really done a great work with this fictional work. As time goes on, Madame becomes more and more hostile and disrespectful towards Toundi. The story of a Cameroonian boy during the height of colonization ferdinznd thought life would be better with the colonizers than under his father’s strict rules.

Add to Your books. However, it falls in the trap that most analysis of African literature falls in: The story is in the format of a diarytold from the perspective of Toundi, a young Cameroon who runs away from his abusive father in a tribal setting opting to grow up in the church arou A great, short read. Paperbackpages. A series of events brings him into the world of white foreigners where he begins to learn hard lessons about just how cruel men can be to each other, particularly when they don’t see each other as men, let alone equals.


So, fuck it, instead I’m going to give you a list of obscure foreign to me books, mostly in translation and hard to find outside of a university library, that I did enjoy and find entertaining.

Toundi is held in a hut near the police headquarters. Lists with This Book. The book captured my attention in the beginning, but then lost my attention midway. His father beats him constantly, and one ferdinabd Toundi runs away from home to the rescue of Father Gilbert, a priest who lives nearby. Blog Statshits.

Kodom Jones July 6, Heinemann- Law – pages. Moreau was him whipping two other Africans nearly to death. On the return of the commandant Madame has become a very hostile and ruthless woman ohuseboy toward Toundi. About six months after Toundi youseboy to live with the Commandant, Madame, the Commandant’s wife, arrives from France.

The publication with title Houseboy includes a lot of information that you can learn it. His humor never fades. Gradually, preconceptions of the Europeans come crashing down on him as he struggles with his identity, his place in society, and the changing culture.

Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono

Hypocrisy shows itself when Toundi is warned by the engineer never to have a relationship with her. No current Talk conversations about this book.

Houseboy is Ferdinand Oyono’s first work, an anti-colonial narrative that takes place during the last years of the French control of his native Cameroon. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Toundi then becomes “the Chief European’s ‘boy’–the dog of the King. He is celled in a hut neighboring the police headquarters; however Toundi has a friend who works in the police station. It is not only a novel but also reveals the plight of the African during colonialism Reply.

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The theme of colonialism in reference to houseboy, novel by Ferdinand Oyono

Oct 21, Beverley added it. This is a novel that softly, softly got its hooks into me.


I finally appreciate this novel as an underrated classic of the African Writer’s Series. The commandant leaves for a tour, soon Madame engages in an affair with the prison director Mr. Other titles by African writers from Waveland Press: The British Dialect of Race and Nation: The initial image that Toundi had of a beautiful French Christian woman is deleted by her actions with the prison warden.

This book was originally publi Another world fiction challenge book, my fourth ferrinand a month; I’m overdosed on these right now and need to take a break. The story is in the ferdiannd of a diarytold from the perspective of Hoouseboy, a young Cameroon who runs away from his abusive father in a tribal setting opting to grow up in the church around whites, abandoning his family and culture in hopes of making something else of his life.

A beautifully written book that tells a oylno that moves from one point to the other effortlessly with deep contextualization of imperial Cameroon and the African condition; mainly embedded in the dialogues.

There are still similar issues, but we cannot assume they arise from the same causes. Mar 01, Andrew rated it really liked it. I had never asked myself that question. Is this article helpful?

We Africans have to change our metality and value ourselves. His father comes back for him, telling Toundi that everything will be all right if he comes back.

Concentrating on the political economy of knowledge construction and dissemination, they look at the variety of ways in which development policies are huseboy and constructed to explain how local knowledges Toundi then becomes “the Chief European’s ‘boy’–the dog of the King.