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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Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono

Toundi Ondoua, the rural African protagonist of Houseboy, encounters a world of prisms that cast beautiful but unobtainable glimmers, especially for a black youth in colonial Cameroon. The thesis is quite clear. This is a great work done, Graham. 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 hhouseboy list.

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.

She begins an affair with M. I am tired of writing those reviews and you all are tired of reading them.

Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy | Regarding Race, Nation, and Our Future

The book captured my attention in the beginning, but then lost my attention midway. This novel, which was written decades ago is haunting and very powerful, evoking the colonial situation in black Africa housebog the past. Throughout the fedinand the reader wonders, if these colonists are so unhappy, why do they not simply go home? 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.


He cannot continue as a boy, for he has become the master in his own mind. This widespread belief reveals the inherent racism underlying the entire imperial enterprise. Books with missing cover. The rest of the novel is told via Toundi’s “exercise book” a diary of sorts entries, and it exposes the hypocrisy of the French colonial administration’s rule. Eventually, the solitary Commandant hires him as his Houseboy.

Cameroonian novelist and diplomat, Oyono, was visiting Guinea during housegoy time it was the colony Spanish Guineawhen he came across one of his countrymen. But i think tried to tell the white men in Africa continent to terdinand back home and those that will not go should not maltreat any African…. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Toundi left home as soon as he could do so and a priest Father Gilbert sheltered hoseboy. There are a lot of reasons to like books.

Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

We Africans have to change our metality and value ourselves. Emorut Eric May 4, It is a wonderful novel. He is diagnosed of a blocked rib, which he had incurred from a beating he received in the hands of the white man in prison.

Toundi inquires at the end of his life Thank you for this.

I read this book when I was sixteen. The Commandant has a terrible argument with her, but after a few days they are getting along again. The rest of the book is the diary. I’m having a bit of a hard time rating this one.


Later, he would be given the diary or exercise book of Toundi, a houseboy on the run. The beginning of independence! Although it is such a short read, there was so much descriptive language within the dialogue and narrative from Toundi, that you end up knowing so much in just a few pages.

The story is told well but the ending is pretty abrupt. He becomes the servant of a powerful colonist, learns more oyonl the whites than they’re comfortable having him know, and it turns out badly for him. Heinemann- Law – pages. While he’s is a good natured boy with a pure heart, the French exploitation of ferdiinand Cameroonians cause the demise of Toundi this isn’t a spoiler, trust me!

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

What a wonderful analysis — insightful, eloquent and engaging. Oyono’s writing style is simple and poetic at times, I loved the form through which the story is told- a diary and I particularly loved the way the main chara Colonialism in Cameroon through the eyes of a houseboy. It’s a first-person diary account of the boy’s life from his father’s house to the final days.

Madame and the Commandant quarrel. RobertsonIris Berger Snippet view – There’s little else you can ask of an author.