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. The violence would have been more removed, she said. Bujra Snippet view – Skip to main content. Although in becoming the priest’s houseboy Toundi gave up his tribal identity, he finds that he will never fit in among the colonizers.

Agnes Amero November 6, Toundi becomes sick and Mendim takes him to the hospital. What are we blackmen who are called French?

You are commenting using your WordPress. A shudder ran through me at the touch of her hand Kodom Jones July 6, Houseboy Ferdinand Oyono Limited preview – Because start from on pre-school until university need this Houseboy to read. Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono offers us an interesting peek into the life of a Camerounian shortly before it declared its sovereign independence from France. He cannot continue as a boy, for he has become the master in his own mind.

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 read” list. The author brilliantly explores the whole scenario, evoking the raw basic humanity in people across colours and race.

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Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

This book was originally published inwhen Cameroon was still a French colony, and no doubt caused a stir at the time and has historical value for that reason. 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 Pyono is really seen by the colonizeer 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.


Or he casually trod on my foot as I was doing up his shoelaces.

This book is a source of inspiration. You are commenting using your WordPress.

By using this site, you agree to the Oyobo of Use and Privacy Policy. In an effort to improve himself, Ferdonand studies his new world closelytoo closely. Eh, I could give some analysis of this book, the simple and abrupt writing style at least in translationthe story that focuses on the day-to-day activities of the white employers more so than the narrator’s inner life or feelings, but it boils down to another “this book has some academic value, but otherwise isn’t likely to be of much interest unless you’re from the area” review.

Oyono is a terrific writer parts of this book are quite funnywith a great sense of pacing, and has a keen eye for hypocrisy and racism. Moreau brings a white doctor and orders him to hokseboy Toundi some more. The story is in the format of a diarytold from the oyon 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 of his life.

Since I knew this already, I didn’t come away with any new insights from this book — nor was I especially moved by the prose.

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I feel you may have missed the overall theme of my analysis. 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 fetdinand who have a close range to their professionalised.


I read Houseboy in a single sitting. The doctor finds out that Toundi’s ribs are broken and have punctured his bronchi. This widespread belief reveals the inherent racism underlying the entire ferdinanv enterprise.

I liked how easy going the guy was, no whining here. Beginning in the s, he had hoouseboy long career of service as a diplomat and as a minister in the government, ultimately serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs from to and then as Minister of State for Culture from to 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.

Some of the characters in the book offer the main character some really good advice.

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

By placing Toundi ferdinanf the heart of the European household, Oyono is able fsrdinand show that the difference between the two is races is really in the balance of power and the simplicity with which it can be abused.

Emorut Eric May 4, Ezeneche Chidiogo Mary October 12, The contributors to this volume offer an original approach to debates about indigenous knowledge. Books by Ferdinand Oyono.

How could he respect a man who acted without dignity? While Toundi is still at the hospital, in a dazed state, M. As I ended, I had forgotten that I was reading a diary, for it reads nothing like one, and nothing about the language Oyono chose bothered me. Soon though, she is overtaken, and begins seeing him almost daily, kissing him even in the open afternoon sun. My library Help Advanced Book Search. It is a tragic story about love, betrayal, and social injustice.