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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I read this novel in high school in the year Baraka Sungura September 17, Joy Kungu February 1, It is often times also painful, moving. Houseboy Ferdinand Oyono Limited preview – The first “exercise book” starts with Toundi living with his family.

Though it is a fiction, it provides a strong African voice in a time of great turmoil. Abdallah weosonga May 31, When Madame discovers that Toundi knew about the affair and disapproved it she becomes much more hostile against him. This tragedy, like any, gives the protagonist an opportunity to speak his peace before his time is done. Houseboy has some really witty lines, but the story is quite sad and touching.

Fortunately he has a friend who works there named Mendim, who is described as a very muscular man. There is more that I would have like to have gotten in order for the story to come full circle. Ferdinand Oyono has really done a great work with this fictional work.

A series of events brings him into the world of white foreigners where he begins to learn hard lessons about just how cruel men can be to each other, particularly when they don’t see each other as men, let alone equals. There is no further discussion of the Frenchman after this point.


Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

His humor never fades. I’m having a bit of a hard time rating this one. The book captured my attention in the beginning, but then lost my attention midway. Houseboywritten housebly the form of Toundi’s captivating diary and translated from the original French, discloses his awe of the white world and ferdiband web of unpredictable experiences. As one of the founders of the negritude movement, Oyono deserves props for being one of the early writers of the colonial experience, from a native perspective.

It was the beginning of Negritude!

Even if Africans adopted European ideas and assimilated into their culture, they still could not be good enough. He becomes the servant of a powerful colonist, learns more about the whites than they’re comfortable having him know, and it turns out badly for him. Mustapha Aminu Muhammad November 22, Oyono has really portrayed this in the life of Toundi when he has to be the houseboy of the Commander. He is arrested and tortured for a crime he did not commit. When Toundi heard this he also escapes to Spanish Guinea.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Waveland Press,4. Imagine a man comparing himself to a dog and comparing a white man to be a king. Aug 19, Priscilla Mensah rated it liked it Shelves: Is this article helpful? Other titles by African writers from Waveland Press: And the most pathetic aspect of the believe of we Africans is that we do not value ourselves, we only value to white man’s belief and his culture.

Father Gilbert teaches Toundi to read and write, and about Catholicism. Notify me of new comments via email. Christianity and sexuality act as the most important agents of European colonial society in his short but powerful novel. Apr 08, Kuda rated it it was amazing. Skip to main content.


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This novel is fabulous it strengthens ones inner being Reply. Ssekajja Jacob November 22, Oct 21, Beverley added it.

When Toundi sees the Commandant in the shower and realizes his master has not been circumcised— an important element in becoming a man in his Cameroonian tradition— he feels a pang of embarrassment. Open Preview See a Problem? Henry Ezekeil August 15, Book is familiar in each person. 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.

The ways he misunderstood the lifestyle of white people was hilarious and sad at the same time. There is a constant atmosphere of sexual tension between the native African population and their white colonial rulers.

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

What do you regarding book? Toundi then becomes “the Chief European’s ‘boy’–the dog of the King. In part 2 however the Commandant’s beautiful wife arrives and the consequences for Toundi prove to be dire as feridnand serves both his master and the expectations of how a native can behave. Email required Address never made public.