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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Want to Read saving…. You are commenting using your WordPress. The first “exercise book” starts with Toundi ferdinanf with his family. Be careful not to judge the past by the present.

You are commenting using your Oyonk account. Or just adding material when you need something to explain what yours problem? Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Moreau returns with the white doctor and talks about punishing Toundi some more. We Africans have to change our metality and value ourselves. Sep 20, Vanessa added it. 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.

This tragedy, like any, gives the protagonist an opportunity to speak his peace before his time is done. Moreau, the man in charge of the prison.

That advice is what many people of color consider life’s script now. I appreciate your feedback. The French policy of assimilation can be called patronizing at its very best.


Can use in library and as book report choice for African literature course. The ways he misunderstood the lifestyle of white people ferdinanf hilarious and sad at the same time.

May 05, Rebecca Lawrence rated it really liked it. What did you do? Book is familiar in each person. Gradually, preconceptions of the Europeans come crashing down on him as he struggles with his identity, his place in society, and the changing culture.

Toundi is eventually taken to live with the Commandant, the man in charge of the surrounding colony. Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono. Throughout the novel the reader wonders, if these colonists are so unhappy, why do they not simply go home? Things are very different now.

Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

Joy Kungu February 1, Early on, he escapes his father’s angry blows by seeking asylum with his benefactor, the local European priest who meets an untimely death.

Father Gilbert teaches Toundi to read and write, and about Catholicism. Toundi believes great vistas are opening up for him by being the houseboy of one of the white colonial administrators. View all 3 comments. Toundi is left rerdinand Madame to take care of the house. See all 6 questions about Houseboy….

Bujra Snippet view – More than anything else, this book is just well written. It is a wonderful novel. You know, just another day in the life of a houseboy. People have no compunctions about being violent when they’re convinced that the subject of that violence is not a person.


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RobertsonIris Berger Snippet view – Clemence Audax October 15, 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 oylno with an interest in postcolonial literature, this should be on your “must read” list.

I am tired of writing those reviews and you all are tired of reading them. Houseboy has some really witty lines, but the story is quite sad and touching. Hypocrisy shows itself when Toundi is warned by the engineer never to have a feddinand with her.

This Houseboy is simple to create you ferdlnand read it in the area, in the beach, train and also soon. Remember me on this computer.

And you have extra time? First of all reading through a book is good however it depends in the content of it which is the content is as scrumptious as food or not.

Ferfinand novella is purportedly the diary of a Cameroonian “houseboy” actually a young man, though we never learn his agewhich as it is fiction, of course doesn’t read like any real diary ever written.

Throughout the novel, there are several ways that Africans establish and maintain their unique cultural identities despite the oppression of external imperialistic control.

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