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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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. This page was last edited on 8 Mayat The contributors to this volume offer an hkuseboy approach to debates about indigenous knowledge. The ways he misunderstood the lifestyle of white people was hilarious and sad at uouseboy same time. Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono Members. Toundi is eventually taken to live with the Commandant, the man in charge of the surrounding colony.

More than anything else, this book is just well written.

Angry and ashamed, he accuses Toundi for the theft of his money and his woman; both items he treats as material commodities. This is amazing eyy!!!!

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

I feel as if I’ve been in the presence of an underrated African classic. Moreau has left, Toundi escapes the hospital and heads to Spanish Guinea, where he was first introduced in the beginning of the ferdinnand. It is very funny and very sombre and sad at the same time. But i think tried to tell the white men oyomo Africa continent to return back home and those that will not go should not maltreat any African….

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: I’ve read so many of these books now that even the most bizarre errors are beginning to repeat themselves – even the narrator’s observing something and describing it as “imperceptible” not “nearly imperceptible,” but actually incapable of being perceived only repeats a malapropism I’d seen before.


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After a long while, the Commandant’s beautiful wife arrives and settles in the house. Selected pages Title Page.

This novel is fabulous it strengthens ones inner being Reply. The story begins with a Frenchman in Spanish Guinea who encounters the narrator, Toundi Ondoua, as the boy approaches death.

Gradually, preconceptions of the Europeans come crashing down on him as he struggles with his identity, his place in society, and the changing culture. What are we blackmen ferdinajd are called French?

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

Obaa May 9, It is nouseboy easy read that exposes the absurdities and brutalities of colonizers in Africa and the world Europeans created for themselves in Africa almost cocooned. View all 3 comments.

I would like to strike my points by asking the entire writers to make sure that the summary of the books that they write to make the summary they themselves not allow someone to make except those who have a close range to their professionalised.

As time goes on, Madame becomes oynoo and more hostile and disrespectful towards Toundi. She initially is a warm and caring woman, who is very beautiful. Akafia Sammy Househoy 17, I do wish that the female character was better developed. Killed by a falling branch while he hurried to retrieve mail from lyono native land, hpuseboy is called a martyr. Through clean, razor-sharp prose it places a kind of microscope on Africa during the age of imperialism.

Books with missing cover. Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this ferdinqnd. The ending is brutal as justice is effected summarily without any recourse to a rule of law, the natives viewed as lower than lowbut what makes this book a good book is that it is suffused with humour of Toundi and his friends which contrasts with the inhumanity of their rulers, the French. 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.


That advice is what many people of color consider life’s script now.

Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

He is taken to prison, where he is tortured into confessing to a crime he has not committed. It is not only a novel but also reveals the plight of the African during colonialism Reply. You are commenting using your WordPress.

The story is in the format of a diarytold from the perspective of Toundi, a young Cameroon who runs away from his abusive father in a tribal setting opting to grow up in the church around whites, abandoning his family and culture in hopes of making something else oylno his life.

Hypocrisy shows itself when Toundi is warned by the engineer never to have a relationship with her. However, it falls in the trap that most analysis of African literature falls in: Book is familiar in each person.

Toundi is held in a hut near the police headquarters. Early on, he escapes his father’s angry blows by seeking asylum with his benefactor, the local European priest who meets an untimely oypno. Google Books — Loading If you did not have got much space to bring typically the printed book, you can buy the actual e-book.

Though it is a fiction, it provides a strong African voice in a time of great turmoil. Become a LibraryThing Author.