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 story begins with a Frenchman in Spanish Guinea who encounters the narrator, Toundi Ondoua, fedrinand 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 houseby on your “must read” list. When the priest dies, Toundi becomes the “boy” of the town’s French commandant.

The novel is set in the French Cameroon. Or are you busy man?

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It’s also crucial to keep in mind that it was originally published inmaking it vital in terms of giving a voice to those who were oppressed.

Toundi’s sensitive self-esteem and idealistic attitude ferdinahd the Europeans begin to flake, when he begins to realize that he belongs not to the world of his village nor to the one of the whites, but is caught in the groundswell of those Africans whose fate became inextricably tied to that of the colonialists and the changing world.

No matter what we believe, life offers us choices and forces and forces to live with the consequences of our decisions. Through a young boy’s eyes the reader gets a glimpse into the consequences of the colonial world as it touches Cameroon.

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.

My houxeboy Help Advanced Book Search. It is very funny and very sombre and sad at the same time. He is initially both attracted and repelled by the Europeans he works for, even as we know, because the novel begins with his death by violence, that things will get bad quickly.


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

Perhaps Oyono’s work almost seems cliche nowadays, which is certainly not his fault. As Toundi revels more and more in the white man’s secrets, he seals his won doom in the process.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The Times Literary Supplement said of this book: 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. It is not only a novel but also reveals the plight of the African during colonialism Reply.

Ferdunand book was originally publi Another world fiction challenge book, my fourth in a month; I’m overdosed on these right now and need to take a break.

When Madame discovers that Toundi knew about the affair and disapproved it she becomes much more hostile against him. Ssekajja Jacob November 22, Written infour years before Cameroun achieved independence, it is a good representation of the anti-colonialist literature that was prevalent at the time in both the Cameroons and all of Africa. Its realy awaresome; am a student of literature in kenya moi university n am doing this novel as my field of study; thenks for boosting my knowledge on it; i like how madame is displayed in da text she depicts da ignorance of females; haha sorry for that.

May 05, Rebecca Lawrence rated it really liked it. In his satchel are notebooks detailing his life as a houseboy to the French commandant, and the events leading to his own death.

And then, the violence, cruelty, and randomness of the colonial power comes into play. Initially unbeknown to the Commandant, her secret tryst becomes the beginning of the end for Toundi. Follow me on Twitter My Tweets. No trivia or quizzes yet. I feel you may have missed the overall theme of gerdinand analysis. He is taken to prison, ferddinand he is tortured into confessing to a crime he has not committed.

It is a very critical analysis on how the relationship between whites and black was!! Its realy awaresome; am a student of literature in kenya moi university n am doing this novel as my field of study; thenks for boosting my knowledge on it; i like how madame is displayed in da text she depicts da ignorance of females; haha sorry for that Reply.


There is a constant atmosphere of sexual tension between the native African population and their white colonial rulers. May 21, Nambou rated it really liked it.

Madame becomes very disrespectful towards Toundi, partly because she does not like being there any more, but mostly jouseboy she knows that he knew about her affair. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Ultimately, the harshness of the Reality of his and his people’s condition and how subtly his view of it evolves is absolutely fascinating.

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She was simply nasty, rather French colonials could be awfully nasty. But i think tried to tell the white men in Africa continent to return back home and those that will not go should not maltreat any African… Reply. Although in becoming the priest’s houseboy Toundi gave up his tribal identity, he finds that he will never fit in among the colonizers.

This widespread belief reveals the inherent racism underlying the entire imperial enterprise. This short but powerful novel explores the evils of colonialism through the story of a young Cameroonian man, Toundi, who becomes the “houseboy” first for a priest and then for the French “commandant” in the area.

Instead, I sat, mesmerized, in the way you do when watching a traffic accident unfold before you: Toundi becomes sick and Mendim takes him to the hospital. While Toundi is still at the hospital, in a dazed state, M. He realizes the true value of his skin color. Notify me of new comments via email.

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