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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The clear picture comes out when Toundi is just delivered to a new master after the death of the old master father gilbert; he was just a slave to work for the whites without pay.

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Kipkoech kirui August 5, Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. This detailed plot has been very essential to me, id failed to understand how French assimilation came into the picture,but now I figure t.

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. It is not important with you? In that way, am sure that a lot of people can relate to it. There is a constant atmosphere of sexual tension between the native African population and their white colonial rulers.

His father beats him constantly, and one day Toundi runs away from home to the rescue of Father Gilbert, a priest who lives nearby.

The story begins with a Frenchman in Spanish Guinea who encounters the narrator, Toundi Ondoua, a 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.

It is a wonderful novel. Overall then an excellent picture of the wrongs done to Africans by colonialism and I would recommend the book if you can find it. Through clean, razor-sharp prose it places a kind of microscope on Africa during the age of imperialism. He is arrested and tortured for a crime he did not commit. He becomes ferdinznd houseboy of the Commandant, and is witness to the childish egotism and fickleness of his colonial masters.


Jun 30, V. Africans are able to differentiate between even other youseboy Africans by the way they dress, and it is clear when someone has adopted the ways of the whites, simply by their outfit.

I take her point, but a novel like this – written by a contemporary of colonialism – makes me more convinced than ferdinahd that she’s wrong. The initial image that Toundi had of a beautiful French Christian woman is deleted by her actions with the prison warden.

Toundi is housegoy with Madame to take care of the house. There is more that I would have like to have gotten in order for the story to come full I’m having a bit of a hard time rating this one. Houseboy giving you information deeper and different ways, you can find any guide out there but there is no publication that similar with Houseboy.

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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Houseboy is a novel in the form of a diary written by Ferdinand Oyonofirst published in by in French as Une vie de boy Paris: This novel doesn’t make heavy use of graphic violence to make its point, however, and perhaps that’s a part of its power.

Want to Read saving…. User Review – Flag as inappropriate Ferdinand Oyono has really done a great work with this fictional work.

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Who was better to read the events first hand except the Europeans themselves? Should you be having difficulties in bringing the published book maybe the form of Houseboy in e-book can be your option.

The publication with title Houseboy includes a lot of information that you can learn it. There is no further discussion of the Frenchman after this point.


RobertsonIris Berger Snippet view – The author uses a West African boy to expose the white administration practices that were crude and evil to the Africans.

Moreau has left, Toundi escapes the hospital and heads to Spanish Guinea, where he was first introduced in the beginning of the novel. It also shows the progression of the main character from being “in awe” of the colonizers, and at times feeling different to or separate from other Africans, to his journey of eye-opening and discovery through reflecting on the body language of his masters and the various incidents that occur that wake him up to the realities of how the African is really seen by the colonizeer The things that Toundi accepts as just a part of life as a black boy in Cameroon during this time period is sad and frustrating.

A great, short read. Some have great stories.

Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

You can spend your free time to see this book this e-book. Clemence Audax October 15, In addition the death of father gilbert is described as a martyr; Toundi supposes that because he died in Africa. The African boy Toundi, he keeps a diary and events that had occurred in his life in what the author calls an exercise book. Naa Takia rated it really liked it.

Even if Africans adopted European ideas and assimilated into their culture, they still could not be good enough. Houseboy Ferdinand Oyono Limited preview – I finally appreciate this novel as an underrated classic of the African Writer’s Series. Its because of colonialism that he is not safe in his home anymore.