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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This novel is very written with subtlety, making it a compelling and challenging rea A journal written in Ewondo, the indigenous language of the Maka, translated by its founder into French. Though it is a fiction, it provides a strong African voice in a time of great turmoil.

Cameroun, and its neighbors the anglophone North and South Cameroons, struggled to find a cohesive Cameroonian identity.

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

Since I knew this already, I didn’t come away with any new insights from this book — nor was I especially moved by the prose.

A beautifully written book that tells a story that moves from one point to the other effortlessly with deep contextualization of imperial Cameroon and the African condition; mainly embedded in the dialogues. Apr 8 91 May 31, The publication with title Houseboy includes a lot of information that you can learn it.

Une vie de boy. Back then, I didn’t like this book at all and found it difficult to understand and appreciate the myriad of proverbial phrases this storyline is blessed with. They spend the rest of the day playing cards. As I ended, I had forgotten that I was reading a diary, for it reads nothing like one, and nothing about the language Oyono chose bothered me. An interesting novella which captures life under French colonial rule in Cameroon.


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. If you did not have got much space to bring typically the printed book, you can buy the actual e-book. In the end our narrator finds himself in an awkward situation though in no way culpable: As I started, I thought the opening plot device of finding the diaries of the dying protagonist, Toundi, and then recounting them was trite.

Waveland Press,4. It offers a glimpse into the life of an articulate African, Toundi Onduo, who was at first intoxicated by the offerings of the French, and determined to assimilate into their culture, but later realized the hypocrisy of European culture and despised its rule of his people.

Can use in library and as book report choice for African literature course. Women and class in Africa Claire C.

Inasmuch as he is led like a lamb to the slaughter, Toundi retains his pride until the end. This site uses cookies. I got this book because of an enthusiastic review here on LT, and I’m glad I finally read it. This policy was, in the end though, a bold faced lie.

I read this book when I was sixteen. It shows you what it needs to show in the everyday life of a houseboy, not in the events of revolution or the political struggles that eventually threw off the colonial yoke.

Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

In part 2 however the Commandant’s ferdinannd wife arrives and the consequences for Toundi prove to be dire as he serves both his master and the expectations of how a native can behave.

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The African boy Toundi, he keeps a diary and events that had occurred in his life in what the author calls an exercise book. In addition fr gilbert shows him off to other white men about his abilities as if showing of something bought and expensive such as a watch, car or even a pet. Toundi said “a dog of a king is the king of all dogs Jan 28, A.


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The ways he misunderstood the lifestyle of white people was hilarious and sad at the same time. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Aug 19, Priscilla Mensah rated it liked it Shelves: It is no wonder the Madame turned to Moreau.

This is akind of novel with so much to say…i find out something new evey time I read it. Email required Address never made public. Toundi is compelled to act as a go-between for the two. Thanks for telling us about the problem. However, it falls in the trap that most analysis of African literature falls in: Some of the characters in the book offer the main character some really good advice.

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Everybody has many questions above. 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. Madame becomes very disrespectful towards Toundi, partly because she does not like being there any more, but mostly because she knows that he fegdinand about her affair.

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