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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There’s little else you can ask of an author. What a wonderful analysis — insightful, eloquent and engaging. In that way, am sure that a lot of people can relate to it. The relationship between Madame and Toundi gets stiff, but things are more than quickly resolved between husband and wife. A shudder ran through me at the touch of her hand You know, just another day in the life of a houseboy.

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As time goes on, Madame becomes more and more hostile and disrespectful towards Toundi. 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 Here we have discrimination, prejudice, lust and infidelity; and the cruelty personified by the police and penal system.

Ferdinand Oyono crafts a novel about the oppression black people go through in the hands of the white colonialist. May 21, Nambou rated it really liked it.

The book is in the form of a diary although the reading is fluid like a novel is. Houseboy is Ferdinand Oyono’s first work, an lyono narrative that takes place during the last years of the French control of his native Cameroon. But i think tried to tell the white men in Africa continent to return back home and those that will not go should not kyono any African….


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

The beginning of independence! More than anything else, this book is just well written. The Oyyono policy of assimilation can be called patronizing at its very best. References to this work on external resources. Preview — Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono.

Colonialism in Cameroon through the eyes of a houseboy. 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: As a houseboy, Toundi witnesses the sexual misdemeanors and psychopathic rages of the Europeans that give a lie to the veneer of civilization and hypocrisy of houseby Christian morals.

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She catches the eye of almost every man in town, much to the Commandant’s dismay. Be careful not to judge the past by the present.

Overall then an excellent picture of the wrongs done to Africans by colonialism and I would recommend the book if you can find it. Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono. No matter what we believe, life offers us choices and forces and forces to live with the consequences of our decisions.

You housenoy commenting using your Twitter account. Mustapha Aminu Muhammad November 22, So, fuck it, instead I’m going to give you a list of obscure foreign to me books, mostly in translation and hard to find outside of a university library, that I did enjoy and find entertaining.

While the Commandant was still on tour, it becomes obvious that she is bored with her life.


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As a young boy, Toundi was fascinated with the local Catholic mission and the priest who regularly distributed candy to the village children. Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this book. There is a memorable passage in this work that reflects how much Toundi initially “worshipped” the whites; when he first meets the ferdjnand of his master and she awkwardly shakes his hand.

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. Most of all, however, it is a mirror for the hypocrisy upon which the whole system was built.

RobertsonIris Berger Snippet view – Toundi is eventually taken to live with the Commandant, the man in charge of the surrounding colony.

The perspective is that of Toundi. No matter the rank, education, poise, or beauty of the Africans who wished to assimilate, they remained lower even than the most unsavory and downtrodden white Frenchman. Later, he would be given the diary or exercise book of Toundi, a houseboy on the run.

Angry and ashamed, he accuses Toundi for the theft of his money and his woman; both items he treats as material commodities. Toundi’s voice is clear and concise, and for that reason the world can’t help but feel realistic, and that realism in turn fuels thought, empathy, and understanding. To say that Houseboy is anti-colonial literature is a bit of an understatement.

The extra marital affair was against the African traditions that Toundi was born to and what he was assimilated to by fr.