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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hojseboy The Frenchman finds his diary, which is called an “exercise book” by Toundi. His humor never fades. There are a lot of reasons to like books. It is a very critical analysis on how the relationship between whites and black was!!

The ways the natives spoke about the French gave me some good laughs as well. Toundi’s story is ironic and tragic- he gives up his traditional identity and is housebpy into the web of servitude, standing transfixed as his fate and ultimate demise approaches.

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

Refresh and try again. Preview — Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono. To find out more, including how houseboyy control cookies, see here: In part one Toundi escapes his brutal father’s beatings a porcupine trapper to a local priest where he acts as houseboy before ending up with the local French Commandant in what appears to be a good position.

Though houseoby, the Madame paid him little to no attention— his heart broken as she gazed upon the garden and had forgotten he was there— things changed swiftly after their journey to the market. My take on this work oyojo that Oyono has successfully expose houseoby us the rigorous experience of Africans with the White men.

This novel is fabulous it strengthens ones inner being Reply. Hypocrisy shows itself when Toundi is warned by the engineer never to have a relationship with her. I’m not going to pretend that I have extensive historical knowledge of the colonization of Cameroon, but for those with an interest in postcolonial literature, this should be on your “must read” list.


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It is often times also painful, moving. The former is rough but eventually softens his attitude to Toundi and approves of him. The rest of the book is the diary. Houseboythe story of an African man who from a young age served white colonizers in his native Cameroun, depicts the plight of Africans who suffered brutality and subjugation under the boot of colonial authority.

He translated the book from its original language, Ewondo, stating that he “tried to keep the richness of the original language without letting it get in the way of the story itself. When he dies the narrator is given two exercise books which make up the diary of Toundi who has been houseboy in the home of the French commandant of a Cameroon town.

Nov 28, Cheryl rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Sophie escape with some of engineers money that ferdnand intended to pay his workers to Spanish Guineain shame the engineer accuses Toundi of the action and is sent to prison.

His fear and respect for the commandant somehow reduces after he discovered that the French colonial agent was not circumcised. No matter what an African could do, he was still black, and could housebog overcome the hurdle of acceptance into French culture.

Jenifer prize August 3, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The opening chapter finds the narrator hearing news of a man dying in a local village, when he investigates he finds the man and the narrator is by his side as he diesit is evident the dying man has been the victim of a violent attack. The former is rough but eventually softens his attitude to Toundi and appr Book 29 of the African Writer’s Series depicts the despotic, cruel treatment of native Cameroonians in French Cameroun, the former League of Nations’s mandate.


The truth is not revealed. Hone It’s a first-person diary account of the boy’s life from his father’s house to the final days. This is amazing eyy!!!! How could he respect a man who acted without dignity? Moreau, the man in charge of the prison. To ask other readers questions about Houseboyplease sign up. I like to read stuff and to think about stuff and to fix stuff. Perhaps Oyono’s work almost seems cliche nowadays, which is certainly not his fault.

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I feel as if I’ve been in the presence of an underrated African classic. The malice and pettiness that impacts Toundi’s daily life from a young age made me want to grind my teeth just reading the descriptions. This novel doesn’t make heavy use of graphic violence to make its point, however, and perhaps that’s a part of its power.

Toundi believes in Catholicism, but as the story progresses he drifts from his beliefs until the end, when he does not believe in Fersinand. Ultimately, the harshness of the Reality of his and his people’s condition and how subtly his huoseboy of it evolves is absolutely fascinating. James Atuahene Dugan April 9, The violence would have been more removed, she said.

Toundi believes great vistas are opening up for him by being the houseboy of one of the white colonial administrators. Toundi then becomes “the Chief European’s ‘boy’–the dog of the King. Moreau brings a white doctor and orders him to punish Toundi some more.